Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association
While with Kasian Architecture, Interior Design and Planning
Role: Principal-In-Charge/Design Lead
In 2008 the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association commissioned Kasian to help define AHLA’s key mission through a new organization owned 15,000 sq.ft office building that would be a living and active symbol of the associations mandate. This new Regional office was to facilitate a range of member activities that were broad in nature and at the same time support and acknowledge the reorganization of AHLA’s tenants in 2005 around “four pillars” of service.
Vaughan led the design team and client group through a series of interactive visioning sessions where the creative opportunities, benchmarking / image profiling of representative facilities, programming, planning, and concept studies began to examine features of AHLA, the nature of lodge and hotel experience, and indeed the very notion and wider experience of ‘hospitality’ in Alberta.
Built on an extremely tight budget of $3M inclusive of IT infrastructure, a key design decision was to create the significant public and communal spaces by making the primary structure of the building an integrated expression of the interior design. A long central double height space creates the entry way, lounge waiting areas, connects meeting and boardroom entrances to the communal space, and staff kitchen and garden.