Alumni and former students design boutique hotel rooms in residence

March 11, 2019 | Arts & Culture

Stunning, dramatic and full of energy. These are just a few words to describe the residence’s four new boutique hotel rooms designed by MacEwan alumni and former students. Collaborating with MacEwan University Guest Services to design these new spaces meant using their skills to bring big ideas to life.

“I knew right away I wanted to take this opportunity to help MacEwan and contribute to this great project,” explains Scott Peters, Theatre Production ’90. “It’s not every day that one gets to design a themed hotel suite, so the uniqueness of this project really drew me to it.”

Scott designed the look and feel of the Theatre Nights room, calling on his years of experience in Edmonton’s arts community (including roles as production manager for the Interstellar Rodeo Music Festival and lighting director for the Ice on Whyte Festival).

Each contributing alum was inspired in different ways. The Renewable Rest boutique room was designed by former student Karen Wilson who enjoys plants and flowers and interiors that have a natural aesthetic. “It also appealed to me that I could source products that were friendly to the environment.”

“The inspiration for the Fine Art room came from our lives, living as designers and artists surrounded by our work,” says Steven Teeuwsen (Design Studies ’15), who partnered with Kendel Vreeling (Design Studies ’09). This wasn’t Kendel and Steven’s first collaboration. The duo has worked on several other projects in the city, including art installations for Silver Skate Festival. They agree that this project was a special opportunity to stretch their creative skills.

For Tessa Stamp, it was an opportunity to develop her research skills. The former Theatre Arts student is the brains behind the Railtown History room — a journey that took her to three different archives. “It has allowed me the privilege to meet with and learn about amazing people who have been photographing this city for decades,” she says. “The history of 104 Avenue is so interesting.”

But don’t just take their word for it — check out this preview of the boutique rooms*.

Fine Arts Boutique Hotel Room
Steven and Kendel with the drafting desk — ready to go with an open sketchbook — and custom easel that holds the flat screen TV. Fine Arts Boutique Hotel Room
The room doubles as a workspace and living space, and includes salvaged and repurposed elements like industrial work lights that illuminate the art, vent covers that shade the ceiling lights, and a reclaimed oak bed. Fine Arts Boutique Hotel Room
Undoubtedly the most eye-catching piece, and the designers’ favourite, is the floor-to-ceiling dreamscape mural splashed across the walls. Fine Arts Boutique Hotel Room
The “drippy” wall design in the washroom may look like wallpaper, but take a closer look — it’s actually done with paint. Railtown History Boutique Hotel Room
Tessa says hundreds of hours of research went into her design, which brings to life the history of Edmonton’s growth as a city from its days as a bustling railyard. Railtown History Boutique Hotel Room

The room features a simple, yet dramatic, black-and-white colour palette — executed with a retro-feel. Railtown History Boutique Hotel Room
Not just a treat for the eyes, this room features a tower of vintage crates and chests filled with fascinating stories, trivia and puzzles. Railtown History Boutique Hotel Room
Breathtaking photo-murals dress the walls from floor-to-ceiling, showcasing Edmonton’s development from a railway town to a bustling urban metropolis. Renewable Rest Boutique Hotel Room
“Items crafted by hand and constructed from renewable resources were carefully selected for this space,” says Karen, adding the room is designed to connect its guests to nature. Renewable Rest Boutique Hotel Room
The flooring is cork — a naturally renewable resource — which gives the room a natural and organic feel. The furniture is made from walnut, along with products made from reclaimed wood sources. Renewable Rest Boutique Hotel Room
Every effort was made to consider the effects of manufacturing, both on humans and the environment. Recycled items were also key to cultivating a sustainable space. Renewable Rest Boutique Hotel Room
Karen used products that keep the carbon footprint to a minimum and support local makers and artisans in her work. The approach helped guide her careful selection of furniture, wall coverings, lighting and paint. Theatre Nights Boutique Hotel Room
Scott sits next to one of the antique pieces that adorn the room — a Westinghouse floor model tube radio. Theatre Nights Boutique Hotel Room
The room includes a combination of Art Deco pieces, theatrical props and artwork from over 30 years of MacEwan’s theatre productions to create a dramatic space that transports guests to a pre-war era. Theatre Nights Boutique Hotel Room
Scott’s favourite piece in the room is this 1930s antique armoire, built in England. Theatre Nights Boutique Hotel Room Artwork from past MacEwan theatre shows adorns the walls. “If you peruse the names on the posters, you will see the icons that helped create and continue to drive the Theatre Arts and Theatre Production programs, including Timothy Ryan, the founder of the Theatre Arts program,” says Scott.


*The rooms are located in the guest-only wing of residence.

Inspired to spend a night (or two or more) in one of these unique spaces? Alumni receive 10 per cent off when booking any of these rooms. Visit for more information. And visit to find out how to stay connected.


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