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Mr. Kasprak

David Kasprak

Principal, O'Kelly Kasprak

Throughout his career, David Kasprak has worked in every facet of architecture and design, mastering both the hospitality field and beyond. Now, as he leads O'Kelly Kasprak and realizes the firm's creative vision, he keeps his decades of experience close at hand, using his knowledge to guide projects and discover unexpected solutions that help his team reach their goals.

Mr. Kasprak loves meeting and sharing his passions with others, and it's with that personability that he started his career. After earning both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in architecture from the University of Illinois, he joined Aumiller Youngquist. Over the following 25 years at that firm, Mr. Kasprak honed and expanded his skills beyond sketching and designing and into management and leadership. In time he also became one of the firm's Principals, helping to refresh the company's style and direct their creative output.

During his years at Aumiller Youngquist, Mr. Kasprak became introduced to the hospitality sector. He was drawn to its particular challenges and rewards, including figuring out how to actualize designs while keeping in mind the practical realities of spaces, budgets, and, put simply, life.

The pure excitement of walking through a completed restaurant, bar, or hotel never loses its charm for Mr. Kasprak. The rooms and buildings we move through, dine at, and live in ought to be not just accommodating, but energizing, and he is committed to achieving that balance of form, function, and liveliness in every project. Great design moves with us as we navigate the world.

In 2010, Mr. Kasprak and Belinda O'Kelly branched out on their own to establish the kind of full-service, hospitality-focused design studio that they wanted to see. They shared both a passion for getting the most out of every space and a joy at exploring new ideas, and together they've built O'Kelly Kasprak into a leading design and architecture firms in the hospitality sector.

As a Principal of the firm, Mr. Kasprak makes it a priority to listen to and communicate with his clients to help bring their visions to life. He believes the best results come from working together, so the process at O'Kelly Kasprak is extremely collaborative. From discussing and shaping initial ideas, to selecting colors, materials, and furnishings, all the way through to seeing the space built and completed, Mr. Kasprak is there to apply his expertise.

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

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Mr. Kasprak can be contacted at +1 312-962-5977 or david@okellykasprak.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.