By Jody Grimaldi
Orginally Posted at the Daily Herald
O’Kelly Kasprak, a leading Chicago architecture and design firm known for bringing a hospitality perspective to commercial spaces, has appointed Jessica Yadron as its new Senior Designer. Led by founding principles Belinda O’Kelly and David Kasprak, the West Loop-based agency has a growing portfolio that includes a variety of clientele, from hotels and restaurants to entertainment venues and theaters. Yadron’s role at the firm includes a number of initial responsibilities, including: adapting the Cambria Suites design philosophy to high profile urban settings, leading the design direction on a highly anticipated new multi-venue bar concept in the Atlanta area, and working with design teams to upgrade premier Hyatt, Hilton and Choice hotel locations.
“As we continue to acquire more projects that allow us to stretch the boundaries of hospitality design, we’re adding talent in pivotal roles to advance our design capabilities and manage execution,” said O’Kelly. “Jessica’s intrinsic passion for hospitality design and leadership style fit right in with the O’Kelly Kasprak culture, and we’re excited to have her leading our interiors team!”
“When I go to a hotel or a restaurant, I’m drawn in by the atmosphere,” said Yadron, a graduate of Illinois State University. “I like to feel a sense of community in a public space, and that’s what I’m trying to create through my work.”
At O’Kelly Kasprak, Yadron looks to take her design style, which she refers to as “eclectic modern,” and build comfortable commercial spaces that have “wow” factors which resonate. At the same time, Yadron admits, “you need to find a balance between what’s fresh and new and what’s classic and time-tested.” At the end of the day, her goal is to make people want to return to the spaces she’s created based on the ambiance they experience.