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Mr. Evans

Chris Evans

Associate Principal, Rottet Studio

Chris Evans is an Associate Principal at Rottet Studio with more than 15 years of interior architecture and design experience spread over a variety of commercial and hospitality projects. Recognized for his diversified strengths, Mr. Evans plays a valuable role in all aspects of the design process from concept design to construction administration, with concentrated efforts on space planning, architectural finishes and furniture specifications for the project.

In 2017 Boutique Design magazine honored Mr. Evans on the roster of the Boutique 18, the magazine's yearly roster of noteworthy, on-the-rise designers of hospitality interiors.

Mr. Evans cut his teeth from an early age in his family's furniture shop, initiating his study of the design world by shaping objects with his hands. The manual process link between working with his hands and his brain has informed his design throughout his young career, exemplified by his unparalleled expertise in space planning, architectural finishes and detailing, and furniture specifications.

Mr. Evans' talents also include the development of design details for custom furniture and millwork pieces, ranging from traditional carved wood and tooled leather details to very contemporary stone and glass details. This design approach, born of function and imbued with beauty, has resulted in buildable and memorable projects for his clients. An approach combining his background with extensive historic research has allowed him to create buildings, spaces and furniture that invoke authentic emotional responses from clients and guests.

Mr. Evans worked with Mirador Group, Inc. for several years before joining the DMJM Rottet team. He transitioned to Rottet Studio when it was launched in 2008. Throughout his career he has been involved in both base building and interior architecture projects.

Please visit http://www.rottetstudio.com for more information.

Mr. Evans can be contacted at 713-425-4879 or chris.evans@rottetstudio.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.