Hospitality Architecture
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Embracing the World of Hospitality Architecture

At Shepherd Resources Inc., we are more than just architects; we’re storytellers, crusaders, and designers who craft spaces where timeless elegance meets a modern approach. Our passion fuels our creativity and drives us to pay attention to every detail; from the first sketch to the final plan, we create designs that evolve into lasting experiences that turn into cherished memories.




Exposing the Essence of Accommodation Planning

Looking ahead, we’re not just following trends; we’re setting them. Our approach to accommodation planning is all about dreaming big and thinking outside the box. We design spaces that speak to the future, blending innovation with practicality in a way that profoundly resonates with guests. Every hospitality project our team takes on reflects our belief in harmony, beauty, and functionality.

Comprehensive Hospitality Architecture Firm

Resort and Hotel Services

Here at Shepherd Resources, we specialize in crafting spaces of relaxation and luxury. With each project, we take a deep dive and infuse our plans with the unique spirit of the location. Our customized strategy guarantees that every experience not only remains memorable for guests but also encapsulates the true spirit of each location, creating a profound and enduring effect.

Designing Premier Country Club and Golf Club Retreats

Our mission in designing country clubs and golf clubs is to forge serenity, exclusivity, and elegance, transcending traditional luxury to cultivate a deep sense of community and belonging. We harmonize the artistry of design with the precision of golf, aiming to elevate the entire experience. Our vision is a seamless blend of challenging courses, stunning aesthetics, and comprehensive amenities that embody sophistication.

Envision a place that feels like a second home, where gourmet dining, cozy common areas, and a suite of leisure activities—from tennis courts to serene spa facilities—await. Our golf courses are not just challenges but invitations to engage with the beauty of the landscape, complemented by social spaces like restaurants and bars for unwinding and connecting. In these spaces, every detail—from the layout of the greens to the design of the relaxation areas—works together to create a cohesive experience. At SRI, golfing is in the heart and soul of many of our principals and team members. It’s not only second nature to us, but this favored pastime allows us to design golf clubs in a way that speaks from the guest’s point of view.

Development and Implementation: Our Approach to Hospitality Architecture

Concept Development

Every great design starts with an idea. Our conceptual development phase is all about collaboration and creativity, where we dream up innovative connections that exceed expectations. It’s a time for ideas to flourish, setting the groundwork for designs that push the boundaries of hospitality architecture.

Creative Direction and Interior Design Recommendations

At the core of Shepherd Resources is a dedication to creating spaces that go beyond looking good. Our designs are about warmth, welcome, and making every space a place where guests feel at ease. We believe in the perfect balance of form and function, ensuring every design is not only beautiful but also enriches the guest experience.

A Visual Guide to Construction: Digital Renderings, Floor Layouts, Elevations, and Cross-Sections

We’re at the cutting edge of design technology, using the latest tools to visualize our ideas. This stage is where we bring visions to life, offering a glimpse into the future of each project. It’s an exciting exploration of what’s possible, with each rendering and layout opening up a world of potential. 

Lighting and Electrical Plans

Our lighting and electrical plans shine a light on our commitment to creating spaces that are both beautiful and functional. Working closely with experts, we ensure our designs are illuminated perfectly, enhancing both our spaces’ aesthetics and practicality, making them welcoming and efficient.

Procurement and Planning for Furniture

When it comes to furniture, we design and look for pieces that strike the perfect balance between style and comfort. Our selections are carefully chosen to complement the architectural beauty and provide guests with an unmatched experience, contributing to the unique story of each space.

Establishing Brand Assets for Launch

Launching a new project is about more than just opening doors; it’s about making a statement. We work closely with our clients to ensure their projects stand out, crafting unique experiences that elevate their brand. Our process is collaborative, aimed at creating a distinctive identity that resonates with guests and sets our clients apart.

Developing a Strategy for Sustainability

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. We’re committed to eco-friendly practices and materials, ensuring our projects are not just for today but for the future. Our sustainable design strategies are about balancing luxury and comfort with a responsible approach to the environment.

Featured Projects

Our complete portfolio showcases our dedication to excellence and innovation. From luxury resorts to serene golf clubs, each project is a testament to our commitment to creating spaces that inspire and transform, reflecting our passion for unique and memorable architectural experiences.

Revealing Our Architectural Projects in Colorado

In Colorado, our work stands as a proud example of our innovative and transformative design approach. Each project celebrates the natural surroundings and enhances the human experience within them.

From fine dining to a luxury member’s lounge, our Frost Creek Clubhouse project is a masterpiece that blends luxury with nature, offering tranquility and beauty. Learn more about the Frost Creek Clubhouse project.

This complex is a sanctuary of comfort and healing for children with complex medical needs in Colorado’s serene landscapes. This project is held near our hearts as the SRI team volunteered to make this mixed-use building a beautiful and functional space for the staff and the campers. Learn more about Roundup River Ranch.

This design revamp focused on replacing the outdated golf and tennis club with a contemporary timber frame structure. A unique blend of sport and nature, offering an unforgettable leisure and sporting experience. Explore our Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club project.

Learn About Our Team

Behind every project is our team of visionary architects and designers whose passion and creativity drive our mission.

Our expertise and dedication are the foundation of our success, pushing the boundaries of hospitality architecture. Meet the team behind the inner workings of SRI.

Frequently Asked Questions

In the world of hospitality architecture, we dive into a rich array of projects, crafting everything from welcoming hotels and serene resorts to exclusive country clubs and picturesque golf courses. Our journey with you covers it all – from the first spark of an idea to the final, delightful details that make your space stand out. We’re here to ensure every guest feels truly special, in a setting that’s both beautiful and perfectly put together.

At the heart of the difference is what we aim to achieve with our designs. Hospitality designers, like us, focus on creating memorable and functional spaces for all guests, thinking deeply about how every aspect of the design contributes to an unforgettable experience. Residential designers, meanwhile, concentrate on making homes that reflect the personal style and comfort of the individual or family living there. While we’re imagining the next great getaway spot, they’re crafting the perfect cozy nook at home.

Our services are all about breadth and depth, taking you from the earliest brainstorming sessions to the nuts and bolts of making it all a reality. We handle the creative direction, the look and feel of both interiors and exteriors, the green and pleasant landscaping, eco-friendly building practices, and making sure everything we do is up to scratch with industry standards. Our aim? To leave you with a place that wows on every level, balancing beauty, practicality, and a gentle footprint on our planet.

Keeping in line with industry standards isn’t just about ticking boxes; it’s about creating spaces that everyone can enjoy, safely and comfortably. It means making sure we’re building responsibly, thinking about accessibility, and protecting our environment. Our dedication to these standards is what makes sure your project stands the test of time, welcoming guests today, tomorrow, and long into the future with open arms.

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We achieve unity, with every client, and within our team, by staying ego-free without sacrificing confidence, and emphasizing everything enjoyable about dreaming up
and developing your custom home. 

Let's Create Together

We invite you to explore our work and see how our dedication to design, sustainability, and service can help create spaces that inspire and endure.

Charlotte R. DeChant



As a young artist, Charlotte tailored her pre-architecture undergraduate degree at Colorado College, in Colorado Springs, and completed her Master of Architecture at the University of Colorado, Denver. With her fresh eyes, she is an observer, analyst and critic of our processes, and her imagination inspires and contributes to our creativity. Of the partners, Charlotte’s willingness to raise the children fostered Doug’s ability to focus upon the practice.

She is a lifelong resident of Colorado, skied Vail in the early years as a child and remains an excellent bump skier (if the sun is shining). She was an original teammate of the Vail Breakaways, Vail’s first women’s hockey team. Charlotte’s vision includes an amazing gift for seeing, rescuing, restoring and placing cast-off furniture and other elements, giving the pieces valuable, renewed lives.

Douglas M. DeChant

Founding Partner/Principal


Architecture is more than a profession for Doug, our principal designer; it is a calling, understood since childhood. While a modernist at heart, his work reflects the necessary context of each setting and the voice of each client. He trained in the program of modernist and former Bauhaus Director Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, at Illinois Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture in Chicago. After working throughout the nation and overseas, Doug settled in Vail in 1985, where he met his wife, Charlotte. Together they founded the practice in 1989 and have enjoyed raising four amazing children.

Doug’s service has included the Eagle County, Colorado, Planning Commission; the faculty of the Byron Fellowship, an annual sustainable communities conference; panelist at the Summit for Creativity in La Jolla sponsored by The Design Futures Council; participation in local design review boards; youth sports coaching; and various lay-leadership positions in his church. In 2004, he conceived ‘Benevolent Architecture’, a proprietary service offering low-cost or no-cost architecture and consulting to worthy ministries and non-profits.  In 2005, Doug began to develop an intimate, artistic retreat and conference venue, Wellspring Ranch, LLC, relocating and restoring several historic Colorado structures upon a remarkable property outside of Buena Vista, Colorado.

He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and has been licensed in numerous states, including Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Indiana, Georgia and Pennsylvania. He finds balance in guitar, sculpture, hiking, snowshoeing, golf and crafting various elements of his retreat venue. 

Tom Bashford


Tom, one of our most valued, gifted leaders, passed away unexpectedly in March 2017. Together with his joyful spirit and hilarious dry wit, he enhanced our studio with a wealth of design and management experience. Tom will never be replaced. He was the type of person, father, leader, and mentor to which we all aspire, and the fruit of his efforts will live on, in his son, in us, and in our projects.

Pam, Peraya Mongkolwongrojn


Peraya, Pam, is originally from Bangkok, Thailand, where she first became interested in Architecture from the rich spatial environment.  She explored Canada before moving to the States to pursue her passion for architecture. Pam went to the University of Arizona to earn a Bachelor of Architecture professional degree. During school, she energized a passion for the arts and drawing. 

In her free time, Pam enjoys exploring the great outdoors, hiking through Colorado’s scenic landscapes, and finding inspiration for her designs in nature. With a keen eye for detail and a creative approach to problem-solving, Pam has been involved in many of our custom residential homes. Her passion for the arts and drawing has influenced her design style, which incorporates elements of beauty and functionality. Pam’s commitment to excellence and her love for architecture make her a dedicated professional who strives to make a difference through her work.

As she continues to grow and learn in her field, Pam remains devoted to creating innovative spaces that enrich people’s lives and leave a positive legacy for future generations.

Brett Lehr

Project Manager

Brett is a designer with a unique blend of expertise, holding an undergraduate degree in Media Arts from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and an M.Arch degree from the University of Nebraska. His diverse educational background has ignited a passion for utilizing realistic virtual environments to enhance the efficiency, enjoyment, and overall success of architectural design processes.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Brett finds joy in a variety of hobbies, including snow skiing, biking, fly fishing, golf, and hiking. Embracing the scenic wonders of the Vail Valley, he has found the perfect lifestyle fit, drawing creative inspiration from the surrounding natural beauty.

Laurie Baggott


Our studio is fortunate to have Laurie bring her considerable experience in business and finance to our daily operations. Among her many administrative responsibilities, she manages accounting, payroll and invoicing for us. When not busy here or as a private chef, she avidly hikes in our beautiful summers and snowshoes in the winter.

Patricia Marcine


Earning her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston in 2016 was just the beginning. From there, Trish headed to Europe, to study at the Graz University of Technology in Austria and work at the Aedes Architekturforum. Then she determined it was time to return to the Rocky Mountains. We became beneficiaries of her delightful, collaborative spirit when she joined our studio in early 2018. Her savvy technical support and inspired design voice enhance each project, while her design comprehension and growth demonstrate that she has a future with much to offer the profession. As a lifelong artist, Trish’s search for a practical art form and meaningful profession has been fulfilled by custom residential architecture, where “…not a day truly feels like work.”

Trish grew up in Northern New Jersey, playing club and varsity soccer, enjoying ski club with friends, and learning to snowboard at a young age. As a teen, she competed in various equestrian events, highlighted by working for Frank and Mary Chapot to train Olympic-level show jumpers. Eventually, faster hobbies were necessary, and Trish became a driving instructor for the SCCA and track-day rider on her CBR600RR. She’s also been an enthusiastic racer on our company’s ‘ski team’. When a new project surfaces, she’s pleased to slow down enough to collaborate with the team.

Emily Warren


Emily joined us from the DC area, lured by the mountains, our core values and our creative environment. She earned a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture degrees from SUNY Buffalo’s School of Architecture & Planning, with a minor in Earth System Science.

Through her wonderfully infectious spirit, Emily eagerly contributes diverse knowledge and experience, having worked on historic National Park Service documentation, and urban high-density residential projects facing strict constraints. She is a productive and dedicated team player who thrives through learning and contributing to the growth of others. Her detail, project management and organizational skills are exceptional. Emily is licensed in Maryland, and nationally accredited by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Emily is passionate about youth empowerment, with considerable experience teaching and mentoring in schools and camps. She’s an ardent weightlifter, hiker and nature enthusiast, embracing the Vail Valley’s active, outdoor lifestyle.

Cam Frey


Cam was introduced to Colorado’s rivers and mountains at an early age, returning annually from Michigan with his family to fly-fish and hike near the small mining town of Creede. His interest in design and architecture was ignited by his high school drafting teacher, who instilled a balanced approach to design through technology and craft. Cam received his BA from UNC, Chapel Hill, followed by a few years of medical research before heading West to earn his Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon. There he became interested in the interdisciplinary study of Biomimicry; an approach to solving design problems by looking to nature. Not coincidentally, this interest, the stunning landscapes, wildlife, and outdoor lifestyle led Cam back to Colorado in 2014. He joined us in 2017, quickly becoming a central piece of our culture and project management structure.

Cam serves on the Design Review Committee of the Arrowhead at Vail community, is a certified Biomimicry Specialist and licensed Architect in the state of Colorado.

His other pursuits include fly-fishing, skiing, hiking, and a good game of euchre…, and the list continues to grow. He is married to a wonderfully talented children’s book illustrator, and dotes on his young son.

Ben Marion


From an early age, Ben had a pen in hand and a curiosity for exploring both natural and built environments. Much of his adolescence was spent drawing what he observed, balanced with his passions for cross-country skiing the New England forests and playing soccer as far away as Europe. Like many of us, Ben arrived in Colorado as an adult, following a lifelong passion to further pursue the resort lifestyle. After graduating from the University of Colorado, he practiced with some of the finest architects and builders in the region, creating fine homes and other structures. His broad experience includes California mountain resort homes, as well as mixed-use and commercial structures, peppered with an interesting mix of furniture building and construction. In our studio, Ben is a strong design voice and outstanding project manager, leading by quiet example as he mentors our emerging leaders.

Ben remains passionate about skiing and soccer, coaching both youth sports locally. Travel remains in his blood as he and his family explore the west in their vintage 1967 camper.

Bert Willemse


Bert found a home away from home in the Vail Valley while exploring North America’s most beautiful landscapes on a post-graduation road trip…, from his hometown of Bellvale, New York to Wasilla, Alaska. He had completed his studies at SUNY Buffalo and apprenticed with two well-known firms in New York’s Hudson Valley area before joining our studio. As the son of a general contractor Bert gained practical construction knowledge with hands-on experience in the field. His many professional attributes are exceeded only by his wonderful, collaborative spirit.

Naturally, Bert is an active individual who embraces hiking, biking and skiing in our amazing Colorado mountains.

Adam H. Harrison

NCARB, LEED AP / Principal

After graduating from Illinois Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture in 1994 and working as an intern for three years at Fujikawa Johnson and Associates in Chicago, Adam packed his van and toured America to determine where he might settle; he found Vail and Shepherd Resources in September of 1997. After growing from intern to project manager to associate, Adam began transitioning into ownership in 2017 and became a principal owner in early 2020. As a dedicated designer, Adam loves collaborating with his fellow architects and interns while managing a busy studio.

His priorities are rooted in sustainability, strong leadership skills, and staff mentoring to uphold the core values of the practice. He is licensed in Colorado, Michigan, and North Carolina and serves as the chairman of the Red Sky Ranch Design Review Board. Adam enjoys golf, mountain biking, skiing, music, and any activity involving his daughter Bellalee. Adam has been practicing for a quarter century and looks forward to designing and collaborating for another quarter century; the opportunity to doodle a quick sketch, with the future opportunity of walking through such a doodle fuels his creativity and passion for design.

Adam H. Harrison

NCARB, LEED AP / Principle

As a young artist, Charlotte tailored her pre-architecture undergraduate degree at Colorado College, in Colorado Springs, and completed her Master of Architecture at the University of Colorado, Denver. With her fresh eyes, she is an observer, analyst and critic of our processes, and her imagination inspires and contributes to our creativity. Of the partners, Charlotte’s willingness to raise the children fostered Doug’s ability to focus upon the practice.

She is a lifelong resident of Colorado, skied Vail in the early years as a child and remains an excellent bump skier (if the sun is shining). She was an original teammate of the Vail Breakaways, Vail’s first women’s hockey team. Charlotte’s vision includes an amazing gift for seeing, rescuing, restoring and placing cast-off furniture and other elements, giving the pieces valuable, renewed lives.