Mr. Adams

Lawrence Adams

Principal

ForrestPerkins

Lawrence Adams, AIA, Principal of ForrestPerkins, is a global authority on hotel and resort design. Mr. Adams co-authored Hotel Design, Planning and Development with Richard Penner and Stephani Robson. It followed the original 422-page edition of Hotel Design, Planning and Development, often referred to as the “bible” of the hotel industry, which Mr. Adams co-authored with Walter Rutes and Richard Penner and which was published in 2001. Both tomes were written for architects, designers, developers and hotel executives as comprehensive and professional guides for hotel and resort design and development.

Mr. Adams has managed and directed the design of large-scale development projects at major architectural and planning firms for the past 35 (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. His most significant projects include the New York Four Seasons Hotel, on which Mr. Adams collaborated with I.M. Pei; the Chambers Hotel, which he partnered with the Rockwell Group to design; and the RIGHA Royal Hotel, which is now called The London.

Over the last several years, Mr. Adams became interested in the intersection of luxury hospitality and luxury senior living. He has been involved in the design of a number of senior living properties and sees the two specialties as interrelated, given the affluent and large population of baby boomers. So, in addition to Mr. Adam's direction of some of Forrest Perkins’ important hotel and resort projects, he leads the firm's new focus on this growing segment. Mr. Adams is based in ForrestPerkins' Dallas office, is certified by NCARB, and is a registered architect in New York, Massachusetts, Kansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Adams can be contacted at 214-953-2210 Ext 1115 or ladams@forrestperkins.com

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