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Our principals have experience with multiple hospitality projects with a wide variety of scopes, ranging from basic due diligence and site planning to complete design and construction documents.  With more than a decade of hospitality experience, we are well acquainted with many brand standards including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, and LaQuinta.
SQD Architects is well versed in prototypes and participated in the development of a franchise prototype for a national brand and retained to conduct design review of seventy-six proposed franchises to ensure compliance with prototypical standards. Along with franchises, our principals have extensive experience with corporate-owned hotels that break from prototypes as well as one-of-a-kind mixed-use high-density residential projects.  

Hospitality and Mixed-Use

specialty practices

One of the firm's Prinicipals, Paul Shell, will tell you that the primary motiviating factors for him becoming an architect was to work for Tribal entities.  Early in his career Paul recognized the need for improving the built environment for tribal members both locally and nationally, especially in areas that lacked basic infrastructure and resources to provide for tribal members. 


Being 1/2 Cherokee and 1/2 Odawa, Paul has the unique ability to see things from the Native American perspective and vision of Tribal leaders to ensure successful project outcomes for its tribal members. It has been proven that these projects can positively benefit not only tribal members but the communities that they are part of.

Tribal Nations

SQD has completed several projects for the U.S. Government, these project types are remarkably complex and require high-degree of expertise. These goal of these projects are typically to improve the efficiency of maintenance, staffing, user experience, and facility logistics. These projects range from the simple to complex and all require a high-degree of project management skills and a more pragmatic design approach is often key.  

In addition to working within the limits of strict governement regulations, these projects demonstrate our ability to work hand-in-hand with general contractors during the Design-Build process.  We are accustomed to working with general contractors and our ability to do this is of value to any client on any project.

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