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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 a satellite office in Madrid.

Early life and educationEdit

Rockwell grew up in a theater family. His mother, a vaudeville dancer and choreographer, often cast him in community repertory productions. When he was 12, David's family moved from Deal, New Jersey to Guadalajara, Mexico.[2] Rockwell trained in architecture at Syracuse University and the Architectural Association in London.[2]


Rockwell founded Rockwell Group in 1984.[3]

Rockwell currently serves as Chair Emeritus of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) and as a board member of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Citymeals-on-Wheels, and New York Restoration Project.[4] Rockwell also conceived and developed Imagination Playground pro-bono, a play space designed to encourage children to work together to create their own worlds of play. After five years of research on children and play, the first site-specific location opened in collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation at Burling Slip in Manhattan in 2010. Rockwell Group developed portable, scalable models that can transform smaller, unused areas into play spaces. Through the U.N.I.C.E.F. P.L.A.Y. Project, in partnership with Disney, the blocks have been distributed to more than 13,000 children in Bangladesh and Haiti.[5]


Rockwell's 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.[3] Rockwell is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. [6][7]

Select design projectsEdit

Set designEdit


  • 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.[36]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 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 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-09-28. Retrieved 2016-09-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b c "David Rockwell". Designers & Books.
  4. ^ "DIFFA Presents: A Tribute to Honor David Rockwell".
  5. ^ UNICEF USA (30 January 2013). "UNICEF USA: UNICEF P.L.A.Y." – via YouTube.
  6. ^ "Awards and Recognition - Rockwell Group".
  7. ^ "David Rockwell - Rockwell Group".
  8. ^ "Chefs Club".
  9. ^ "Maialino".
  10. ^ "Aloft".
  11. ^ "Andaz Maui at Wailea".
  12. ^ "Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Open December 2010", Cosmopolitan Website Archived July 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Molvar, Kari (October 7, 2014). "Nobu Matsuhisa and David Rockwell on the Art of Constructing a Restaurant". The New York Times.
  14. ^ "Before Nobu Eden Roc: Morris Lapidus and Miami Modern - Rockwell Group".
  15. ^ "The Walt Disney Family Museum".
  16. ^ "Center for Civil and Human Rights".
  17. ^ "Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center".
  18. ^ "The Shed - Rockwell Group".
  19. ^ "Residences - Hudson Yards".
  20. ^ Ferro, Shaunacy (March 18, 2014). "How David Rockwell Reinvented The Theater For The TED Era". Co.Design.
  21. ^ Finkel, Jori (July 28, 2014). "NeueHouse Chooses Historic Hollywood Site". The New York Times.
  22. ^ "Shinola".
  23. ^ Ackman, Dan (August 5, 2008). "The Architect-Designer Focuses on Child's Play". The Wall Street Journal.
  24. ^ "Vandal - Rockwell Group".
  25. ^ "GATO - Rockwell Group".
  26. ^ "The New York EDITION - Rockwell Group".
  27. ^ "Rockwell Unscripted for Knoll - Rockwell Group".
  28. ^ "The Same, Only Different: Designing a New Union Square Cafe".
  29. ^ Stathaki, Ellie (1 February 2016). "David Rockwell puts his stamp on New York's largest residential high-rise". Wallpaper. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  30. ^ Rockett, Darcel (February 8, 2019). "South Loop's building boom: A look at 3 residential towers set to open soon". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  31. ^ "David Rockwell to Design Sets for 81st Academy Awards", A.M.P.A.S., 2008.
  32. ^ Goodman, Wendy (October 2, 2014). "On the Set of You Can't Take It With You With Designer David Rockwell". New York.
  33. ^ Marks, Peter (November 17, 2014). "A big, beautiful "Side Show" on Broadway". Washington Post.
  34. ^ "On the Twentieth Century". Roundabout Theatre Company.
  35. ^ "She Loves Me". Roundabout Theatre Company.
  36. ^ What If...?: The Architecture and Design of David Rockwell. Metropolis Books. December 31, 2014. ISBN 978-1938922565.

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