David Rockwell Joins Cooper-Hewitt’s Board of Trustees
The Smithsonian Institution’s board of regents appointed David Rockwell to the board of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum on June 21.
Cooper-Hewitt’s board of trustees, led by Chairman Paul Herzan and President James Rosenthal, is comprised of 34 distinguished civic and business leaders dedicated to the continued growth of the museum.
David brings a wealth of knowledge and resources to the board,” said Caroline Baumann, Associate Director and Bill Moggridge, Director. “As an active member of the museum’s exhibitions committee since 2006, we are delighted to welcome him in an expanded capacity as a trustee.”
Rockwell is the founder and CEO of Rockwell Group, the award winning, cross-disciplinary 140-person architecture and design practice based in New York with a satellite office in Madrid. He received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Syracuse University and also studied at the Architectural Association in London. Rockwell was honored with the 2009 Pratt Institute Legends Award and the 2008 National Design Award for Interior Design from Cooper-Hewitt. He serves as chairman of the board of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) and as a board member of City-Meals-on-Wheels. He is also a member of Cooper-Hewitt’s recently formed On The
Move Task Force, which is planning off-site exhibitions and educational programs during the mansion renovation period of the RE:DESIGN project.
Projects by Rockwell Group include the W Hotel in Union Square and Paris; Emmy-winning set design for the 2010 Academy Awards; the Elinor Bunin-Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center; the central Marketplace in the jetBlue terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport; the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, New York; the new restaurant at the Whitney Museum; the Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco; and the upcoming “Free Man of Color” at Lincoln Center. His latest initiative, Imagination Playground, encourages children to design and build their own play space, with a new permanent flagship playground in lower Manhattan and mobile versions at various sites in New York and around the country, including Cooper-Hewitt.