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David Rockwell

David Rockwell is an American architect and designer. He is the founder and CEO of Rockwell Group, based in New York with satellite offices in Madrid and Shanghai. Inspired by theater, technology, and high-end craft, the firm creates a unique narrative for each project, ranging from restaurants, hotels, airport terminals, and hospitals, to festivals, museum exhibitions, and Broadway sets.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Design projects 3
  • Set design 4
  • Books 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life and education

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Rockwell also spent part of his childhood in Deal, New Jersey and Guadalajara, Mexico. He was a child of the theater as his mother worked as a vaudeville dancer and choreographer. She sometimes cast him in community repertory productions.

Rockwell brought his passion for theater and an eye for the color and spectacle of Mexico to his architecture training at Syracuse University, where he received a B.Arch. Rockwell became a brother of Theta Chi Fraternity during his time at Syracuse University. He also studied at the Architectural Association in London. These formative influences continue to shape his practice.


Rockwell began his work with other firms, but in 1984 founded his own design firm, the Rockwell Group. With a multi-disciplinary staff, he has led numerous design projects of retail and restaurant interiors, hospitals, theatres and museums, as well as set designs.

Design projects

  • Adour, Alain Ducasse at The St. Regis
  • Alex Hotel, New York City
  • Aloft hotels (Starwood Hotels & Resorts)
  • Bar Americain
  • Bobby Flay Steak in Borgata (Atlantic City, NJ)
  • Canyon Ranch Miami Beach
  • Chambers Hotel
  • Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Hotel[1]
  • David Rockwell for Maya Romanoff wall covering collections
  • Elinor Bunin-Munroe Film Center, Lincoln Center
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Maze (London)
  • Imagination Playground [2]
  • Dolby Theatre, home of the Academy Awards ceremony (Los Angeles)
  • Interior work in the jetBlue terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • Murano Grande at Portofino Miami Beach
  • NeueHouse, New York
  • Nobu
  • Nobu Fifty Seven
  • Nobu Melbourne
  • Nobu Hong Kong
  • Nobu at Atlantis The Palm resort in Dubai
  • Nokia Theatre Times Square
  • Print Restaurant, New York City
  • Hall of Fragments, the entrance installation to the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale
  • W Hotel New York, Union Square, Vieques, Paris and Singapore
  • The Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco - museum design
  • Travelle at The Langham, Chicago
  • Shinola Retail Store, Tribeca, NY
  • Andaz Maui at Wailea, Hawaii

Set design


  • Pleasure: The Architecture and Design of Rockwell Group, Universe, a division of Rizzoli Books, 2002.
  • David Rockwell with Bruce Mau, Spectacle, Phaidon Press, 2006. Examines the history and public fascination with larger-than-life man-made events.

See also


  1. ^ "Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Open December 2010", Cosmopolitan Website
  2. ^ """Dan Ackman, "Architect Focuses on Child's Play. The Wall Street Journal. August 5, 2008. 
  3. ^ "David Rockwell to Design Sets for 81st Academy Awards", A.M.P.A.S., 2008.

External links

  • Rockwell Group website
  • Rockwell Group LAB website
  • Imagination Playground website
  • Spectacle the Book website
  • Rockwell Group Facebook
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