Campo Architects traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to attend the 25th Annual Lodging Conference at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort. One of the country’s top hospitality conferences, they joined industry professionals for three days packed with informative sessions, networking events, and leisure activities. Campo Architects President, John T. Campo Jr. moderated a panel of the country’s leading hospitality professionals with a Think Tank titled Free Money? Understanding the Complexities of Converting Historic Tax Credits to Cash. Attendees learned about best practices when reinventing historic buildings including maximizing tax credit incentives and common mistakes.
At Campo Architects, we have some outstanding employees on our team. Each month, we’ll be turning the spotlight on one of our team members responsible for bringing our designs to life. Get to know Senior Architect, Ian Welcome.
1. How would you describe your design style?
I would say contemporary bordering on minimalistic. Spatially, I gravitate towards simple and clean, neutral colors and textures. Furnishings and accessories within the space provide pops of color and texture making the space very eclectic.
2. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
The free time I do have is spent with friends, a multitude of house projects, and I recently found a passion for stand-up paddleboarding.
3. What would you most like to design?
As I approach 25 years in the profession I’ve been blessed to be a part of many different project types. I’ve worked on high-end residential, educational, resort, commercial, and mostly recently the hospitality projects here at Campo. I enjoy hospitality projects the most because there is an opportunity to provide a home away from home, while simultaneously providing a sense of adventure.
4. Where is one place you have always wanted to visit and why?
Recently my desire to visit Costa Rica has been reignited so I’m in the planning stages of that trip scheduled for next Summer.
5. What do you enjoy most about being an architect?
I enjoy the team aspect of bringing a project to completion; from the design team to the construction team, coming together to achieve the goal. On the other side, I really enjoy solving problems – believe it or not there is always a way to fit a square peg in a round hole.
Last night we attended the Excellence in Construction and Real Estate Awards, hosted by CityBusiness. The event celebrated Campo Architects President John T. Campo Jr.and other honorees at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
The award recognizes professionals who have created a positive impact in the New Orleans area under various professional categories. Congratulations to all the winners!
Studio Director, Miriam Salas, recently attended the AIA Louisiana Conference on Architecture in Baton Rouge. The schedule included workshops,informative panels, keynote speakers, and social events. A highlight included a building tour of the Water Campus (Center for Costal & Deltiac Solutions and Center for River Studies), an organization research and technical services institution for coastal communities. The conference wrapped up with the awards luncheon, honoring excellence in design. Check out the photos of the event below:
At Campo Architects, we have some outstanding employees on our team. Each month, we’ll be turning the spotlight on one of our team members responsible for bringing our designs to life. Get to know Job Captain, Katherine Mason.
1. What is your favorite part of the design process?
Schematic Design. I love the challenge of creating a conceptual design with spacial relationships that begin to respond to the client's program and goals.
2. Describe your job in three words.
Complex problem solving.
3. What inspired you to pursue a career in architecture?
I've always enjoyed art and design, and have been inspired by the built environment around me since I was young. My father is an architect, and I used to spend evenings at a miniature drafting table next to his.
4. If you had to choose one last meal, what would it be?
Pasta! (and a bottle of wine, of course).
5. What would people never guess you do in your role?
I have currently been coordinating structural and electrical requirements for a Seismosaurus installation (that's a very large dinosaur...).
6. Where do you spend your free time?
I recently bought a house, so I have been spending my weekends doing minor renovations and yard work.
We had a great time at the 6th Annual AIA New Orleans Bowling event. The Campo team donned capes and masks to fit the Superheroes and Villains theme! Check out the gallery of all the photos!
We are pleased to announce John T. Campo Jr. will serve as moderator at The Lodging Conference in Phoenix. The topic will inform attendees about the latest projects, available tax credits and common mistakes to reinventing historic buildings. Panelists include :
Jenna Hackett, Global Head, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Hilton
Walter Isenberg, President and CEO, Sage Hospitality
Richard C. Kessler, Chairman and CEO, The Kessler Collection
Bill Wilhelm, President, R.D. Olson Construction
The Dual Brand Springhill Suites and Towneplace Suites New Orleans Downtown/Canal Street was recently honored at the Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation by the Louisiana Landmarks Society. Honored at Hotel Peter and Paul alongside a wide variety of renovation and rehabilitation projects throughout the city, this former ODECO oil and gas office building was converted into a Dual Brand Hotel in 2018. Congratulations to the project team and all the winners on this accomplishment!
At Campo Architects, we have some outstanding employees on our team. Each month, we’ll be turning the spotlight on one of our team members responsible for bringing our designs to life. Get to know Job Captain, Sergio Gonzalez.
1. What is your favorite part about your job?
Having the opportunity to modify habitats for people - hopefully for the better. I also enjoy developing a skill that allows me to envision a space or a series of interconnected spaces to fit the needs of people. Executing a vision where there was nothing, or where there was a different function is very cool and rewarding.
2. Who influenced your decision to pursue a career in architecture?
My dad. Even though he’s not an architect, as a child he would he show me drawings of a small apartment that he was intending to build. I remember seeing these drawings with top-side views of where things were going to be built where there was nothing and I found it fascinating.
3. What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
Air. Jokes aside, I can’t choose just one. I really enjoy picnics, bicycling, and parks - all with my family. If I had to be specific, it would be outdoor family time.
4. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Having fully renovated a 100 year old single shotgun house with the majority of the work done by me, my wife and friends. The house is small, but every square inch is crafted to fit our needs.
5. How do you think architecture will change in the future?
I think architecture will become more manufactured, more modular. This will likely help produce living units at a faster pace to meet a growing demand, while reducing the astronomical costs that the current generation of young adults is currently facing. I also believe that the upcoming population is falling out of love with big houses, so this will probably translate to living units with more functionality, coupled with a reduced footprint. After all, what’s better than spending some outdoor time with family and friends, rather than cleaning a bunch rooms that no one ever uses?
6. What is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
In an urban setting: Cartagena, Colombia. I fell in love with the extremely colorful Spanish colonial architecture of the historic downtown, and how it still feels authentic (from a community standpoint, people living/studying/working there), despite being an immense touristic attraction itself. In a natural setting: the Andes in Mendoza, Argentina. While traversing the Andes on the road between Argentina and Chile, the views are just incredible, and millions of years in the making! It’s easy to pull the car over and wander off to explore a hill or a stream and sit on a rock to absorb the peace and quiet. It’s a great way to decompress and disconnect.
Get an insider look into the incredible vision and journey to repurpose the historic Plant Riverside in Savannah!