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Richard H. Penner


Richard H. Penner, a professor emeritus of Cornell University, taught hotel planning, development, and interior design at the School of Hotel Administration for over forty years. He brings together experience in architecture and hotel management, having spent year-long sabbatical leaves with international designer Hirsch Bedner Associates (Santa Monica, CA) and the architecture group of Starwood Hotels ∧ Resorts (White Plains, NY). He graduated from Cornell with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture, and is an author of four books, two of which were co-authored with the late Walter Rutes, the lead author of the first edition of Hotel Design, Planning, and Development. In 1992 Hospitality Design magazine honored him with its Platinum Circle Award for his contributions to hospitality design as an author and teacher. His research has focused on planning criteria for different types of lodging properties, including the detailed comparative space allocation standards that have become benchmarks for measuring the efficiency of new hospitality projects. He has presented seminars on hotel development and planning throughout the world. A former director of graduate studies at the Hotel School, he also organized design seminars at the European Meeting on Hotel Interior Design in Rimini, Italy, and chaired five hospitality design roundtables sponsored by the Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Lawrence Adams

Lawrence Adams, a vice president of ForrestPerkins, is a global authority on hotel and resort design. He earned a bachelor of architecture degree from Louisiana State University. He has managed and directed the design of large-scale development projects at major architectural and planning firms for the past thirty-five years. With a specialty in hotel design, Mr. Adams served as adjunct faculty at New York University for nine years teaching master’s degree courses on Hotel Design and Development. He co-authored the first edition of Hotel Design, Planning, and Development Hotel Design, Planning, and Development with Richard Penner and the late Walter Rutes. His projects include the Four Seasons Hotel New York, the RIGHA Royal Hotel, the Chambers Hotel, The Westin Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort, and the national headquarters of the Marine Corps Reserve. Mr. Adams, who is certified by NCARB, is also a registered architect in New York, Massachusetts, Kansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Stephani K. A. Robson

Stephani K. A. Robson holds three degrees from Cornell University: a bachelor of science and doctorate in hotel administration and a master of science in facilities planning and management. Her professional career has included design work on a number of large hotel and hospitality projects in her native Canada. She joined the full-time faculty at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 1993. A specialist in hospitality design psychology, she has numerous research publications in academic journals, including the Journal of Environmental Psychology and the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, and frequently contributes to trade journals on topics related to design and development. She has taught and presented her research on hospitality environments worldwide. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Hotel Design : Planning and Development

Routledge, 2013

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... their rooms. Architect Isaiah Rogers devised district, which is a redeveloped an ingenious floor plan of crossing corridors that splayed the public nightlife neighborhood populated rooms across the front of the building with courtyards...