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Mr. Lohan

Dirk Lohan

Principal, Wight & Company

Dirk Lohan left his native Germany to begin his architectural studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology under the tutelage of his grandfather, Mies van der Rohe. He returned to Germany and finished his studies in architecture and planning at the Technische Universität (Diplom Ingenieur), in Munich in 1962. When Mr. Lohan subsequently returned to Chicago, he worked closely with Mies van der Rohe on such projects as the New National Gallery in Berlin, the IBM office building in Chicago, and the Toronto Dominion Center.

Over his lifetime, Mr. Lohan has produced an impressive portfolio of national and international hotel designs of note, including the Grand Hyatt, Mumbai; Hyatt Regency, Pune India; Grand Hyatt, Sao Paulo Brazil;and Four Seasons, Mumbai India. Recently he helped transform the Mies designed former IMB Building into the Chicago Langham Hotel and designed the Hotel Arista in Naperville, IL.

Mr. Lohan believes that successful architecture must respond not only to economic constraints but also to the larger social and physical conditions. He is passionate about design and, for each new opportunity, looks to understand the local culture and their aspirations in order to develop an innovative, modern, and timeless design aesthetic. He seeks to humanize modernism by infusing local traditions, colors, and textures to enrich the overall design and enhance the guest experience.

Mr. Lohan's achievements in architecture have been recognized with many awards, including his appointment as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1983.

In January 2016, his internationally recognized firm, Lohan Anderson (formerly Lohan Associates) combined with the Chicago based integrated services (architecture, engineering, and construction) firm, Wight& Company.  As the Principal of Wight & Company, Mr. Lohan brings to the firm not only a distinguished career of excellence, but also a rich family legacy of architectural innovation.


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

Mr. Lohan can be contacted at 312-261-5721 or dlohan@wightco.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.