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By Shannon Kim

November 6, 2023

By Shannon Kim

November 6, 2023

By Shannon Kim, Vice President, Hospitality

August 18, 2023

In a world where nature's fury is increasingly evident, a resounding call to embrace sustainability echoes across industries. The hospitality design industry, a powerful player on this global stage, stands uniquely positioned to make meaningful change.

In the realm of hospitality design, a powerful evolution is underway—one that marries ingenuity with conscientiousness, and innovation with responsibility. We are presented with a remarkable opportunity to forge not just spaces, but the transformative experiences that echo a commitment to sustainability.

So what is sustainable hospitality design practice? In short, it’s creating environmentally responsible and resilient spaces that focus on integrating eco-friendly practices and materials, that when coupled with the designers’ elevated knowledge of hotel operations leads to an overall reduction of negative impacts on the environment. When done well, adopting sustainability into your approach will lead to an enhanced guest experience and leave a positive and lasting impact on both the environment and society.

The rise of sustainable design is not merely a fleeting trend; it represents a philosophy that is rapidly becoming a cornerstone of modern hospitality. At its essence, sustainable hospitality design weaves together diverse strands of thought and action, each a conscious choice to leave a positive imprint. This encompasses more than just selecting eco-friendly materials; it entails crafting spaces that seamlessly integrate with their surroundings, fostering a sense of unity with the environment while offering guests a truly immersive encounter.

Sustainability and longevity are closely connected, coming together harmoniously within the realm of hospitality design. Imagine a space that resists the relentless passage of time. Where its beauty enhances with each passing year. This is the promise of sustainable design. Meticulously curated concepts, thoughtfully chosen materials, and unwavering craftsmanship unite to create spaces that defy the wear and tear of time. These days, many products prioritize short-term appeal and trendy aesthetics, contributing to a cycle of waste that accumulates in landfills.

The pursuit of sustainability in hospitality design is a collective endeavor. Picture a canvas where designers, developers, hotel brands, and visionaries contribute their unique strokes, each enriching the masterpiece with their expertise. This is the essence of unity—diverse minds converging to shaping enhanced guest experience and the planet we share.

In the journey toward sustainability, luxury is redefined, not compromised. The discerning traveler seeks more than opulence; they yearn for authenticity, for a connection with a destination's essence. Sustainable design empowers us to redefine luxury—shaping spaces that resonate with personal values, engage with local communities, and leave an indelible legacy of positive change.

"The path of sustainable design demands vision, dedication, and a willingness to challenge norms. While it may not always be the simplest route, it is undoubtedly the most rewarding."

/ Shannon Kim – VP, Hospitality

The practice of sustainable design in hospitality transcends choice; it embodies a profound responsibility and an opportunity to leave an enduring legacy. As we move forward, let us collectively shape a future where excellence and sustainability intertwine seamlessly. The stage is set, the blueprint is at our fingertips—let us collaboratively design a world where innovation and responsibility walk hand in hand, and where every check-in signifies a step toward a greener, more vibrant planet.

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