Design and Eating: The New Age of Restaurant Design
Hear from three notable restaurant designers, Rob Polacek (Puccini Group), Greg Keffer (Rockwell Group), and Will Meyer (MEYER DAVIS) about the recent trends in restaurant design.
Learn how these designers helped restaurant operators meet the evolving needs of their customers, and get insight to the solutions they achieved during the process.
Tickets to the panel are $30
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With a diploma in architecture from Catholic University of America, Rob heads up the concept development and design side of the company. He has helped the firm create countless sophisticated, chef-tailored, noteworthy restaurants across the globe for the past 15 years. Recognized for his ability to understand the interactions between the user and the built environment, Rob creates to aesthetically and functionally successful spaces. His extensive experience allows him to easily navigate the challenges of complex projects while finding solutions that bridge the connection between owner and brand. His leadership has ensured the success of countless, sophisticated hospitality spaces across the globe for clients such as Four Seasons, Jumeirah, Fairmont, St. Regis and Ritz-Carlton.
A sought-after speaker, he is invited to speak at major forums and his thought leadership is also regularly published in industry media.
Greg Keffer is a Principal and Studio Leader at Rockwell Group, where he oversees a wide variety of project types, including hospitality, retail, residential, and workplace environments. Greg's combined strengths in architecture, interiors, graphics, and branding allow him to develop innovative and holistic design solutions for a global roster of clients. Current work includes the Time Hotel (New York), MGM Cotai (Macau), Nobu (New York), Mercato di Vetro and Greystone Manor (Los Angeles), 111 Murray Street (New York), Trump Hotel (Rio de Janeiro), 15 Hudson Yards (New York), as well as the Battersea Power Station (London). Additionally, Greg leads the firm’s design team for the global expansion of NeueHouse, a private co-working collective for creative entrepreneurs.
Recently completed projects include Chefs Club (New York), NeueHouse (New York), Station House (Washington, D.C.), Fairmont Le Château Frontenac (Quebec City) and Five50 Pizza Bar at the Aria (Las Vegas). In 2015, Greg received a Hospitality Design Judges Award for Placemaking for Chefs Club, and he was honored with a Contract Design Annual Interior Design Award and an International Design Award for NeueHouse New York in 2014.
Prior to his tenure at Rockwell Group, Greg was Design Director at Jeffrey Beers International and a Principal at STUDIOS. Greg is a graduate of Ball State University in Indiana.
Will Meyer is a founding partner of Meyer Davis Studio, established in New York City in 1999. He has over 20 years of experience in architecture and interior design, previously working under architect Charles Gwathmey. Meyer Davis now employs over 40 designers with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami and has won numerous design awards over the last 16 years for their work in hotels, restaurants, residential and luxury office design. Recent projects for Meyer Davis include 1 Hotel South Beach, Vaucluse (a Michael White restaurant), and Le Meridien New Orleans.
Stacy Shoemaker Rauen is a well-respected and talented editor and writer, and is the editor in chief for Hospitality Design (HD) magazine, the leading publication for the industry. Besides overseeing the content and direction of the magazine, Rauen is a noted speaker at industry events, and as an avid tracker of trends, places, projects, and people, she puts together panels at HD's conferences, and has been quoted in various respected media outlets including CNBC and the Washington Post. She is also the founder of HD's CitySCENE, a networking event series held in metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. and internationally, meant to connect design professionals in each market, as well as NextGen Forum, a conference for the next generation of hospitality design leaders. She holds two degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, including a master's in journalism.