David Rockwell is the founder and CEO of Rockwell Group, an architecture and design practice based in New York. The firm focuses on diverse projects including restaurants, hotels, Broadway set designs, and consumer products.
David Rockwell is the founder and CEO of Rockwell Group, a cross-disciplinary architecture and design practice based in New York with satellite offices in Madrid and Shanghai. His 140-person firm focuses on a diverse array of projects including restaurants, hotels, hospitals, airport terminals, public playgrounds, Broadway set designs, and consumer products. His firm recently completed work on a food truck/mobile kitchen for Jamie Oliver's "Food Revolution," the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center and the U.S. flagship YOTEL in New York, and is currently working on the W Paris Opera, Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles and the first freestanding Nobu restaurant in Doha.
Rockwell is the author of two books, Spectacle (2006), a book examining the history and public fascination with larger-than-life manmade events, and Pleasure: The Architecture and Design of Rockwell Group (2002). In May 2010 Rockwell was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America. He was also honored with the 2009 Pratt Legends Award, the 2008 National Design Award by Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt for outstanding achievement in Interior Design, an induction in Interior Design magazine's Hall of Fame and the Presidential Design Award for his work for the Grand Central Terminal renovation. Rockwell serves as Chairman of the Board of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), and as a board member of Citymeals-on-Wheels and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.