S22 E20 – Partnerships in Hospitality with O’Kelly + Kasprak

On the season finale of the Chaise Lounge, Nick sits down with Belinda O’Kelly and David Kasprak the two architect-designers who founded O’Kelly + Kasprak in 2010 together after the hospitality firm they had both worked at dissolved. Nine years later, they run a company that can design from the ground up, manage projects as they go and even offer services as specific as acoustic engineering.

 

O’Kelly got her first gig through her roommate while she was studying abroad in France. It was getting too expensive to send out portfolios from a Parisian internet cafe at $25 a pop, and her roommate had a family connection, so she ended up designing bars and restaurants in Chicago for about a decade before moving on to realty. 

 

Kasprak called O’Kelly up and pitched the idea for a new firm. O’Kelly, despite deciding to quit architecture forever, got on board. Their first client was a major client at the old firm, and now it’s been nine years. They say their success comes from O’Kelly being young and enthusiastic where Kasprak is experienced and jaded. This helps them strike a balance that keeps their business healthy,

 

Visit O’Kelly + Kasprak online at OKellyKasprak.com to view a portfolio of its hospitality designs.

 

"I've had to learn not do the thing that I love to do- which is pure architecture- but to run a business and think vison wise."

David Kasprak

Chaise Lounge Updates

We’ll be covering Spring High Point Market 2019! Stay in the loop on our Instagram and Facebook pages and keep an eye our for our upcoming market events!

Our new podcast Coast to Coast Design is live! Give it a listen to learn about just how many ways there are to run a design business.

 

Resources

Upcoming Markets

High Point Market – Feb 6 – 10 24, 2019

Modernism Week – Feb 14 – 24, 2019

BD West – Mar 13-14, 2019

Design Influencers Conference – March 24 – 26, 2019

Wrap Up

If you would like to hear more episodes, please visit us on iTunes, Spotify or your favorite podcasting app! We’d love it if you post a review, you may even hear your review read live on our next podcast. Also, find The Chaise Lounge on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. With that said, keep dreaming big, and keep designing a great design business. See ya!

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