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Mr. De Lowe

Brian De Lowe

President & Co-Founder, Proper Hospitality

Brian De Lowe is President and Co-Founder of Proper Hospitality, which operates and brands high-end lifestyle hospitality experiences under its Proper, Avalon, and Custom brands. In his role as President at Proper Hospitality, Mr. De Lowe is responsible for finding and developing buildings in culturally vibrant cities and neighborhoods.

Together with his partners and the rest of Proper's executive leadership, Mr. De Lowe brings together a team of talented people in design, food & beverage, health & wellness, and hospitality to make the buildings come alive as unique, one-of-a-kind, high-end lifestyle hotels. He also oversees overall strategy and the conceptualization and development of the Proper brand, as well as strategic and culinary partnerships.

Mr. De Lowe is also President and Co-Founder of Kor Real Estate Partners, a fully-integrated real estate investment, development and management firm that is well regarded for its use of creative design and distinctive branding to bring enhanced value to its investments in hotels, multifamily, and other lifestyle real estate assets. At Kor, he leads corporate strategy and the sourcing and execution of all real estate acquisitions & partnerships, having successfully closed over $1 billion of lifestyle real estate projects since re-launching Kor in 2012.

Prior to founding Proper Hospitality, Mr. De Lowe was the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for Viceroy Hotel Group, where he oversaw all aspects of the company's acquisition and business development activities throughout the Americas.

Previously, Mr. De Lowe served as Development Director at Kor, leading the acquisition, development and redevelopment of urban multifamily, adaptive reuse, and hotel projects in the U.S. and Latin America.

Mr. De Lowe is a graduate of the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, where he graduated magna cum laude, and currently resides in Santa Monica, California with his wife and daughter.

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

Mr. De Lowe can be contacted at +1 424-244-1729 or brian.delowe@properhotel.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.