KKAd and Metrostudio
Architects Kraig Kalashian (KKAD) and Ken Gowland (MetroStudio) met more than 15 years ago while working at a top NYC Architecture Firm and reconnected to collaborate on the restoration and renovation of the Q&C Hotel (part of the Autograph collection) in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2013. Since that time the two firms have collaborated on a number of projects across the country while their work has been recognized in numerous publications.
Although KKAD (based in NJ ) and MetroStudio (based in New Orleans) occupy different offices, the bulk of any time on a project is spent immersed in the place where they are working. The team first became enamored with the City of Madison while working on a small restaurant renovation at the HotelRED. The concept for that project (the Wise) was to draw from Madison’s rich agricultural profile to create a space that echoed the warmth and variety of the local farming community. Once we started to understand the dynamics of the city and the surrounding communities we knew we wanted to continue the exploration.
Working together, our two firms combined bring more than 40 years of experience and a portfolio of more than 100 Hospitality projects in the last two decades. Our goal for every project is not only to produce a work of exceptional design, but to produce spaces that will enhance communities and serve as examples for how Architecture can change the way people live. If realized, we believe that the Hotel at Dayton and Carroll will not only support and enhance the Capitol Square neighborhoods but will also finally give Madison a true destination lodging experience.