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Mr. Dominguez

Manny Dominguez

Principal, Cooper Carry

Manny Dominguez joined Cooper Carry in 2007 as Director of Design for the Atlanta office and was named Principal in 2015. His expertise spans multiple disciplines and sectors, including mixed-use, higher education, office and residential, however his passion is hospitality design.

Through his 30 years of experience, Mr. Dominguez has directed projects around the world, including the United States, Middle East, Asia, Europe and Central America. Along the way, he has fostered an informed and enlightened approach to hospitality design that seeks to better understand human behavior and needs. Drawing inspiration from Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, this approach creates distinct environments where guests feels valued, respected and granted access to an elevated social experience.

Mr. Dominguez's influence and leadership spans projects such as the brand new, 800-key Loews Kansas City adjacent to the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri, the boutique 200-key Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel, in Charlotte, North Carolina, the dual-branded, 300-key AC Hotel & Moxy Midtown Atlanta, and the forthcoming 600-key Hilton Cleveland Downtown as well as the 500-room Hilton Columbus Downtown in Ohio, among many others.

Not afraid to challenge the status quo in design, Mr. Dominguez embraces new technology like artificial intelligence and evolving design trends to create one-of-a-kind destinations and deliver results for clients.

Mr. Dominguez graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Architecture. He is a registered architect and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), and many of his projects are LEED certified. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), as well as the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB).

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

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/manny-dominguez-61393a9/

Mr. Dominguez can be contacted at +1 404-240-9507 or mannydominguez@coopercarry.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.