UNWTO's Sustainability & the Future of Integrated Resorts

Nov. 27, 2017

Join us as we celebrate the United Nations World Tourism Organization's International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development!

Partnering with the UNLV International Gaming Institute, Hospitality Design students and alumni from the School of Architecture will present projects focused on sustainability in tourism, explaining how integrated resorts can become more environmentally friendly.



Marta Soligo—International Gaming Institute Ph.D. Student and Graduate Assistant
  • Brief notes on UNWTO's International Year of Sustainable Tourism & the five pillars of sustainability
Glenn NP Nowak, AIA—Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Hospitality Design (HD) Concentration
  • Brief notes on “IR 2050” and how architecture will address critical issues in Integrated Resorts between now and then…

Alumni and Student Presentations

Kyle Fischer, AIA (M. Arch 2015, Ed Vance & Associates)

Tower-on-Base: Casino Design Alternatives Driven by Urban Theory Help to Improve Community Integration

  • Levels of sustainability can often be influenced by architectural developments’ connectivity, density, and programmatic variability (mixed-use).  This presentation will show how complexities of urbanism can simply yield more sustainable integrated resorts.
Alex Klenk, Assoc. AIA (M. Arch 2016, Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects)

Hyperlocalization of Hospitality-Based Architectural Design

  • This presentation takes lessons learned from the University's award-winning design-build and building science and sustainability programs which often focus on small-scale construction projects like single-family dwellings and medium sized mixed-use projects, and it simulates how design strategies can be adapted to “mega-resorts”.  Many properties on The Strip already integrate sustainable design measures, but this work shows how the hot, arid climate of the desert Southwest can inform a new vernacular in tourism facilities.
Andrew Martin, Assoc. AIA (M. Arch 2016, Klai Juba Wald Architects)

Ecolodging in the Southwest: Heightening Experience in Nature Through Design

  • This presentation recognizes Las Vegas as potentially playing a critical role being in the center of many of our natural treasures just a short drive from places like The Grand Canyon, Zion, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, and many more State and National Parks.  As eco-tourism grows, the architectural developments directly and indirectly connected to these ecologically sensitive areas must consider buildings’ environmental footprints and the impressions they impart on global tourists.  
Audrey Bardwell (M. Arch – HD Concentration)

Generational Theory + Design

  • Sustainable tourism is not solely an environmental concern.  Architects and developers consider the economic and social sustainability of the business models functioning within billion dollar facilities.  Integrated resorts were once focused on Baby Boomers; now, spaces are adapting to Millennials, or Gen-Xers… often multiple generations use the same building in different ways throughout the building life-cycle. This study demonstrates how sustainable design considers architecture’s ability to evolve over time addressing ever-changing market trends and popular culture.
Jennifer Wong (M. Arch 2018)

Man vs. Car: Designing a Safer Walking Experience for Las Vegas Pedestrians

  • Architects take an oath to uphold the “life, safety, and welfare” of the general public through the buildings they design.  In the wake of a string of horrific incidents around the world and too close to home, this design investigation seeks to open a dialogue about how we can design to maximize safety without living in a built environment formed from fear… about how to add new safety measures into projects while sustaining the overall guest experience.

Please visit our UNLV Calendar entry for more information on this event.

We hope to see you there!