How Tropical Modern is Redefining Island Style Residences

SB Architects is reinterpreting traditional Caribbean architecture as many affluent home buyers ask for the laid-back look called tropical modern. Tropical modernism, a design movement in which sensitivity for local context combines with the form-making principles of modernism. This aesthetic combines the clean lines and muted color palette of contemporary design with the exotic woods

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Creating One-Of-A-Kind Extraordinary Journeys

Having worked in over 70 countries, Scott Lee’s true passion lies in experiential travel — destinations that heighten guests’ environmental and cultural awareness. Scott is President of SB Architects, an international architectural firm known for its excellence and leadership in the planning and design of global hotels, resorts, destination communities, large-scale multi-family residential and urban

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Women in Design

Empowering women and seeking to equip designers with tangible skills and real connections is a central tenet of SB Architects’ philosophy. While famous women such as Zaha Hadid, Odile Decq, and Jennifer Siegal have paved the road to the very top, we would like to highlight our designers who are making a name for themselves in San

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10 HOTEL TRENDS FOR 2017

Judging from the quantity, and quality, of work in our hospitality design pipeline, we are confident that 2017 will be another strong year for hospitality growth and development. Expect a year of creativity, collaboration and innovation, with new types of resorts, more co-branded concepts in hospitality, and a continued evolution of just what “experiential travel”

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Design Manifesto Interviews Teresa Ruiz

Multi-family expert Teresa Ruiz shares her architectural journey on modelo’s new blog, Design Manifesto. Teresa discusses becoming an architect, finding her voice as a designer and her decision to join SB Architects. Teresa Ruiz, brings to SB Architects over 15 years of architectural experience with a focus on multi-family and residential projects. At SB Architects, she

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Freemark Abbey by SB Architects for Wine Wednesday

The Rebirth of Freemark Abbey – A Photo Journal

Following an extensive renovation, the acclaimed Freemark Abbey winery in California’s Napa Valley has reopened to reveal a total transformation of its century-old stone building, which now houses a high-end restaurant and visitor center. San Francisco firms SB Architects and BraytonHughes Design Studio led the design of the project, which pays homage to Freemark Abbey’s

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SB Architects’ Hotel Trends for 2016: A Second Look

At the beginning of the year, I took a look at four key trends impacting the design of hotels and resorts in 2016:         authentic, immersive, curated experiences         wellness as a lifestyle         recasting iconic properties for a new generation         the move toward contemporary design in hospitality As we head into the second quarter, I wanted to

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Hotel Trends for 2016

When we’ve talked about hotel trends any time in the past few years, three main topics have dominated the conversation: millienials, technology and AirBnB. These three major topics trickle down to form any number of different conversations about the travel experience, from brand to booking to design. The big news for 2016 is the fact

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Modernism a Trend in Resort Design

As the internet exposes a global audience to all types of architecture and design, the appreciation and market for contemporary resort and residential design continues to grow. This month, writer Mike Welton, from the well-regarded blog Architects + Artisans, interviewed Scott Lee on the movement toward modern in mountain regions. Here is what he had

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SB Architects Design Round Table: Moving Toward Modern

This month, we kicked off our series of quarterly design roundtables, in which we gather a select group of our staff to sit down and talk about design issues that matter to us. We plan to mix it up, inviting different members if our staff to each roundtable, to keep our discussions evocative and thought-provoking

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