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Lecture and Discussion by David Rockwell, Architect and Designer

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David Rockwell, architect, designer, and the recipient of the 2011 Lawrence Israel Prize, will speak about his professional journey, Rockwell Groups current projects, and on his new explorations into using technology to create more powerful spatial experiences.

David Rockwell founded Rockwell Group in 1984. Based at Union Square in New York City, with a satellite office in Madrid, Rockwell Group is a cross-disciplinary architecture and design firm that handles a broad spectrum of project types and services, ranging from master planning, strategy, and building to interior design, set design, and custom furniture design.

Past and current projects include hotels, restaurants, hospitals, retail and department stores, theaters, theater sets, casinos, playgrounds, and an airline terminal. Standouts among these are the Imagination Playground in downtown New York City; the JetBlue Terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport; and the Nobu restaurants in New York, Dubai and Hong Kong. Current projects include the sets for Broadways Catch Me If You Can; the new restaurant Untitled at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the first Yotel outside of Europe, in Times Square; W Hotels in Paris and Singapore; a renovation of Los Angeles legendary Hotel Bel Air; and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Society at Lincoln Center.

Rockwell and his firm have been nominated for or received more than 100 prizes and awards for their work. Among these are the National Design Award for Outstanding Achievement in Interior Design from the Smithsonian Institutions Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (2008); the Presidential Design Award for the restoration and renovation of Grand Central Terminal (2001); and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for Variety, Music or Nonfiction Programming for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010).

The Lawrence Israel Prize is awarded every year by FIT's Interior Design Department to an individual or firm whose ideas and work enrich FIT Interior Design students course of study.