David Rockwell

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David Rockwell (born 1956)[1] is an American architect and designer. He is the founder and President of Rockwell Group, a 250-person award winning, cross-disciplinary architecture and design practice based in New York City with satellite offices in Madrid and Shanghai.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Chicago, Illinois,[1] 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. 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 his Bachelor of Architecture. He also studied at the Architectural Association in London. These formative influences continue to shape his practice.


He founded Rockwell Group in 1984. Over the past 30 years, Rockwell Group has carved out a unique role encompassing multiple ideas, design styles, clients and project types. The firm creates a unique narrative for each project, ranging from restaurants, hotels, airport terminals, and hospitals, to festivals, museum exhibitions, and Broadway sets.[2]


His numerous honors include the 2016 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design for the musical She Loves Me and six Tony Award nominations for Best Scenic Design, the AIA New York Chapter President's Award; the 2008 National Design Award by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for outstanding achievement in Interior Design; the 2009 Pratt Legends Award; the Presidential Design Award for his renovation of the Grand Central Terminal; induction into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America and Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame; inclusion in Architectural Digest’s AD 100; and the 2016 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Scenic Design of a Musical for She Loves Me and five Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Scenic Design of a Musical. Rockwell Group was named by Fast Company in 2008, 2014 and 2015 as one of the most innovative design practices in their annual World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies issue.[2] David is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. [3] [4]

Select design projects[edit]

  • Chefs Club by Food & Wine, New York[5]
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Maze (London)
  • Maialino, New York[6]
  • Nobu restaurants worldwide, including New York, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Doha, Melbourne and Dubai[2]
  • Aloft hotels (Starwood Hotels & Resorts)[7]
  • Andaz Maui at Wailea, Hawaii[8]
  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas[9]
  • Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace, Las Vegas[10]
  • Nobu Hotel Eden Roc Miami Beach[11]
  • W Hotels New York, Union Squaree, Vieques, Paris, Singapore, and Madrid
  • Hall of Fragments, the entrance installation to the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale
  • The Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco[12]
  • The Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta[13]
  • Elinor Bunin-Munroe Film Center, Lincoln Center[14]
  • The Shed in collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro [15]
  • 15 Hudson Yards in collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro[16]
  • TED Theater, Vancouver[17]
  • Dolby Theatre, home of the Academy Awards ceremony (Los Angeles)
  • The Marketplace at the JetBlue terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • NeueHouse, New York, Los Angeles, and London[18]
  • Shinola, New York[19]
  • Imagination Playground[20]
  • Vandal[21]
  • Gato[22]
  • The New York EDITION[23]
  • Rockwell Unscripted for Knoll[24]

Set design[edit]


  • 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.
  • What If...?: The Architecture and Design of David Rockwell, Metropolis Books, 2014.[30]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Mun-Delsalle, Y-Jean (February 26, 2014). "David Rockwell Celebrates The 30th Anniversary Of His Architecture And Design Firm". Forbes. Born in 1956 in Chicago, Rockwell grew up in New Jersey 
  2. ^ a b c d "David Rockwell". Designers & Books. 
  3. ^ http://www.rockwellgroup.com/pages/awards-and-recognition
  4. ^ http://www.rockwellgroup.com/bios/david-rockwell
  5. ^ "Chefs Club". rockwellgroup.com. 
  6. ^ "Maialino". rockwellgroup.com. 
  7. ^ "Aloft". rockwellgroup.com. 
  8. ^ "Andaz Maui at Wailea". rockwellgroup.com. 
  9. ^ "Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Open December 2010", Cosmopolitan Website Archived July 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Molvar, Kari (October 7, 2014). "Nobu Matsuhisa and David Rockwell on the Art of Constructing a Restaurant". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ http://www.rockwellgroup.com/blogs/before-nobu-eden-roc-morris-lapidus-and-miami-modern
  12. ^ "The Walt Disney Family Museum". rockwellgroup.com. 
  13. ^ "Center for Civil and Human Rights". rockwellgroup.com. 
  14. ^ "Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center". rockwellgroup.com. 
  15. ^ http://www.rockwellgroup.com/projects/the-shed
  16. ^ http://livehudsonyards.com/residences
  17. ^ Ferro, Shaunacy (March 18, 2014). "How David Rockwell Reinvented The Theater For The TED Era". Co.Design. 
  18. ^ Finkel, Jori (July 28, 2014). "NeueHouse Chooses Historic Hollywood Site". The New York Times. 
  19. ^ "Shinola". rockwellgroup.com. 
  20. ^ Ackman, Dan (August 5, 2008). "The Architect-Designer Focuses on Child's Play". The Wall Street Journal. 
  21. ^ http://www.rockwellgroup.com/projects/vandal
  22. ^ http://www.rockwellgroup.com/projects/gato
  23. ^ http://www.rockwellgroup.com/projects/the-new-york-edition
  24. ^ http://www.rockwellgroup.com/projects/rockwell-unscripted-for-knoll
  25. ^ "David Rockwell to Design Sets for 81st Academy Awards", A.M.P.A.S., 2008.
  26. ^ Goodman, Wendy (October 2, 2014). "On the Set of You Can't Take It With You With Designer David Rockwell". New York. 
  27. ^ Marks, Peter (November 17, 2014). "A big, beautiful "Side Show" on Broadway". Washington Post. 
  28. ^ "On the Twentieth Century". Roundabout Theatre Company. 
  29. ^ http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/Shows-Events/Past-Shows/She-Loves-Me.aspx
  30. ^ What If...?: The Architecture and Design of David Rockwell. Metropolis Books. December 31, 2014. ISBN 978-1938922565. 

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