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Welcome Change: Reinvesting in Hotels

Earlier this month I participated in a panel discussion that asked “Capital Expenditures: A Design for Pinching Pennies or Spending for Recovery?” at New York University’s Hospitality Investment Conference. While our hotel clients are always seeking smart, sustainable, economical designs that maximize ROI, I definitely answer that question with “spending for recovery!”

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PRODUCT RUNWAY: Seattle’s Fun, Fresh, Fierce Fashion Event Delivers

Last Friday I attended my first Product Runway event and I have to say – it was the most fun I’ve had at an industry event, probably ever! Not only did the design competition bring 15 of Seattle’s top architecture firms into one room, but all set up to music, lights, cameras and, of course, for a great cause: the Interior Design Coalition of Washington (IDCW).

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Product Runway: Where Seattle Architects Show Their Fashion Flair

On June 3rd, Seattle architecture firms will compete head-to-head, not to design a building, but to build a designer dress à la “Project Runway” using interior finish materials. Now I’m not one to drool over high fashion or even get excited by a glimpse of Manolo Blahniks through a store window, but architecture services are what I market every day, so this is definitely my bag, baby.

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Investing in Good Design: Ritz-Carlton Dubai

As we emerge from the global recession, many lessons have been learned, but one theme is more resonant than ever: good design pays. Smart investment in design can produce buildings with timeless appeal and make a positive impact on the surrounding city. And as demonstrated by one of our most recent projects, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre, this is achievable even in challenging economic times.

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The Urgency of Now for Department Stores

Despite some experts’ lagging real estate worries, the future for shopping centers is bright. For the past fifteen years the department store anchor has been all but pushed aside. That, amidst the great debate about new and varying types of tenants that should be recruited to struggling shopping centers, the time is now for department stores to be, again, the icons of the retail centers shopping experience.

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