For the 24th year, designers from SB Architects paid a visit to San Francisco State University to share their professional insights about resort design with students of the school’s Recreation, Parks and Tourism Department. On November 29, SB Architects’ Greg Lehman and Keith Houchin presented to Professor Patrick Tierney’s Destination Resorts class, enhancing the students’ in-class curriculum with insights about current resort design trends, real-world experience and best practices. Following their presentation, the SB Architects’ team participated in a review and critique of student presentations. The students presented plans for a hypothetical boutique resort sited on an actual location near the SFSU campus.
The firm’s collaboration with Professor Patrick Tierney and the students in his Destination Resorts class began in 1992 when Donald Sandy, FAIA, founder of SB Architects, presented to the same class and reviewed student projects. The process of resort design has changed remarkably since them. Plans once drawn by hand are now accomplished using computer-aided drafting, computer modeling and even virtual reality as design and communication tools. Sustainable design, unheard of as a formal practice back then, is now the norm, supported by sustainability design certifications such as LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, sponsored by the US Green Building Council, Well Building Standards and others. International collaboration between design architects in the United States and architects-of-record around the world are a given, facilitated through web-enabled communications, document sharing and real-time video.