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Ms. Tukan

Randa Tukan

Senior Vice Principal & Director of Interiors, HOK

Randa Tukan, leading the Hospitality, Retail and Residential Commercial Interiors practice at HOK Toronto, brings more than 25 years of experience in interior architecture and design, both in Canada and around the world.  Her expertise extends far beyond the world of interiors, encompassing architecture, urban planning, landscape, economics, branding and graphics. Her design vision is a fully integrated one, ensuring that the expectations of the client and the market are met and enhanced. As a director of interiors, she uses design to advance clients' branding and market positioning.

 

Ms. Tukan's client list includes many of the world's best-known hotel brands: InterContinental, Marriott, Delta, Renaissance, Shangri-La, Hyatt, and Hilton. Her projects have won numerous design awards and accolades. In 2016, the HOK Toronto interiors team, which she overseas, spearheaded the award-winning proposal, the Driftscape, which received the Radical Innovation Award. The coveted, annual award is juried by global hospitality industry influencers, leaders as well as operators and developers and selected by an audience of designers, architects and hoteliers.

Ms. Tukan holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Fine Arts and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Special Studies in Management and Administration, both from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

She is a member of the advisory board for Humber College interior design program, a site visitor for the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), and has taught at the Ontario College of Art. Ms. Tukan is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

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

Ms. Tukan can be contacted at 416-342-7201 or randa.tukan@hok.com

Coming up in March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.