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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 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.