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David Rockwell
Posted: June 2nd, 2008
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Long before turning his attention to architecture, David Rockwell harbored a fascination with staged environments. Growing up in Chicago, Deal, New Jersey, and Guadalajara, Mexico, Rockwell was a child of the theater: his mother worked as a vaudeville dancer and a choreographer and would 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; these formative influences continue to have strong reverberations throughout his practice. Rockwell Group was founded in 1984 and today has a 160-person office with over 200 built projects to its credit. Characterized by rich materials, innovative narrative and a sense of theater, recent projects by the Rockwell Group include the groundbreaking Mohegan Sun casinos, set designs for the Broadway musical Hairspray, set design for Team America: World Police, a film by the creators of South Park, the Chambers (New York) and W (New York) hotels, the Kodak Theatre (Los Angeles) and dozens of restaurants, including Nobu, Town, Rosa Mexicano, Pod and most recently Café Gray at the Time Warner Center. David Rockwell has been honored with a lifetime achievement award from Interiors magazine, is included in Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame and was awarded the Presidential Design Award for the Grand Central Terminal renovation. Rockwell serves as Chairman of the Board of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) and is a Board Member of The Public Theater and City Meals on Wheels. Pleasure: The Architecture Design of Rockwell Group, a book about the firm published by Universe, documents Rockwell Group’s first 18 years.

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