Ms. Donnally

Trish Donnally

Regional PR Director

Gensler

Trish Donnally is the regional Public Relations Director for Gensler. Previously Ms. Donnally was Director of Public Relations for ForrestPerkins. She has built her career on writing about and promoting inspiring design. Following ForrestPerkins’ merger with top international architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman (no relation) on January 1, 2016, Ms. Donnally also began supporting Perkins Eastman in Communications.

Previously, Ms. Donnally was Editor in Chief of Washington Spaces, a design magazine owned by The Washington Post that she helped launch in 2004 to celebrate the work of talented architects and interior designers.* Ms. Donnally has co-authored three books on design. The first, The New Traditional with Darryl Carter, one of Architectural Digest’s Top 100, Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2008, is in its third printing. Elle Décor named her second book, The Collected Home, also co-authored with Darryl Carter, among the “Best Design Books of Winter 2012”. And she co-authored Ingenue to Icon with Howard V. Kurtz, D Giles Limited, London, 2015.

As Fashion Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, Ms. Donnally interviewed Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Karl Lagerfeld, among others, and was honored with more than two dozen national journalism awards. She covered the runway collections in Milan, Paris, and New York for 15 years. Ms. Donnally holds a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Management from the University of Maryland.

Please visit https://www.gensler.com/ for more information.

Ms. Donnally can be contacted at 512-867-8100 or trish_donnally@gensler.com

Coming Up In The November Online Hotel Business Review




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Feature Focus
Architecture & Design: Authentic, Interactive and Immersive
If there is one dominant trend in the field of hotel architecture and design, it’s that travelers are demanding authentic, immersive and interactive experiences. This is especially true for Millennials but Baby Boomers are seeking out meaningful experiences as well. As a result, the development of immersive travel experiences - winery resorts, culinary resorts, resorts geared toward specific sports enthusiasts - will continue to expand. Another kind of immersive experience is an urban resort – one that provides all the elements you'd expect in a luxury resort, but urbanized. The urban resort hotel is designed as a staging area where the city itself provides all the amenities, and the hotel functions as a kind of sophisticated concierge service. Another trend is a re-thinking of the hotel lobby, which has evolved into an active social hub with flexible spaces for work and play, featuring cafe?s, bars, libraries, computer stations, game rooms, and more. The goal is to make this area as interactive as possible and to bring people together, making the space less of a traditional hotel lobby and more of a contemporary gathering place. This emphasis on the lobby has also had an associated effect on the size of hotel rooms – they are getting smaller. Since most activities are designed to take place in the lobby, there is less time spent in rooms which justifies their smaller design. Finally, the wellness and ecology movements are also having a major impact on design. The industry is actively adopting standards so that new structures are not only environmentally sustainable, but also promote optimum health and well- being for the travelers who will inhabit them. These are a few of the current trends in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.