An Interview with Scott Lee

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing the dynamic president and principal of SB Architects, Scott A. Lee. Since taking the helm 18 years ago, Lee’s architectural skill, passion, business acumen and marketing savvy have been a driving force behind SB’s emergence as a leader in the hospitality industry. With talent-packed offices in San Francisco, Miami

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Conrad Hotels & Resorts to Expand Portfolio with New Resort in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit

Conrad Hotels and Resorts is getting a second property in Mexico with the redesign of the former La Tranquila Resort in Punta Mita. Following a multi-million dollar investment, the re-imagined 324-key resort property will welcome guests to an exclusive tropical oasis. Hilton, Conrad’s parent company, is currently working on around 25 projects in Mexico including the

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Santana Row: Standing the Test of Time

Federal Realty, which helped spearhead the interest among developers in urban Main Street mixed-use environments opened one of the most ambitious projects of its kind in the United States when it developed the $450 million, 42-acre mixed-use village-within-a-city, Santana Row. Santana Row is a residential, office, shopping, dining, and entertainment district built around a main

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SB Giving Back at the SF-Marin Food Bank

SB Architects is committed to creating positive, enduring change through social responsibility and civic engagement in the communities where we live and work. By establishing a network with partner organizations, we can amplify our outreach activities, creating new opportunities to foster relationships with like-minded partners and clients, from the Habitat for Humanity, the City of

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How SB Architects is Redesigning Retail Into Thriving Mixed-Use Redevelopments

Despite a surplus in U.S. retail space, some developers are building more, just not in the form of malls. The target clientele: discerning professionals in pursuit of integrated pedestrian-focused developments that have all the urban trappings. These projects, often joint ventures between a housing developer and a developer with retail expertise, are sprouting up around

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Wineglasses Rising

Our wine practice is dedicated to producing designs where site sensitivity, structure and nuance are favored above all else. The combination of exceptional sites and local influences make our wine-related projects a truly wonderful place for guests. To best convey the individuality of each site, we try to be modern in our thinking and classic

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Mexico is the most developed hospitality market in Latin America and is poised for continued growth

There is no doubt that investment interest and opportunity in Latin America, particularly, Mexico is strengthening as investors aim to increase their purchase activity alongside a stable risk approach. Latin American investors remain actively engaged in real estate, as 75% intend to be net buyers in 2018, a 55% acquisition increase from the previous year. According

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SB Architects Takes Aim at China Wine Boom With Luneng Wen’An Winery & Hotel

Beijing’s newest luxury getaway, Luneng Wen’An Winery & Hotel, celebrated its official opening in 2017. Set on an idyllic lakeside site south of the city, the resort includes two hotels and a full production winery. A contemporary take on a traditional agrarian wine country destination, this resort sits on 1,546 acres with a 58,000 square-meter

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Mission Hills Volcanic Mineral Springs and Spa Haikou

Mission Hills Volcanic Mineral Springs and Spa located in the volcanic region of Hainan Island. The spa comprises exquisite heat and water facilities, a wellness pavilion, Elements Café, Elements Bar, a nail spa, a hair salon and 90 treatment suites with a comprehensive array of treatment and rituals that are inspired by natural ingredients and

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