The Johnson Studio at COOPER CARRY Expands to New York City

ATLANTA, Nov. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atlanta-based design firm COOPER CARRY today announced the expansion of one of its design studios, The Johnson Studio at COOPER CARRY with the opening of a new restaurant, hospitality interiors and club design studio in its New York City office. Hospitality design veteran Ray Chung will lead the new studio in COOPER CARRY’s office, located in Downtown Manhattan.

Hospitality design veteran Ray Chung will lead the new studio in COOPER CARRY’s office, located in Downtown Manhattan.

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“The Johnson Studio at COOPER CARRY’s expansion into the Northeast market further equips our firm with unmatched expertise and capabilities,” said Kevin Cantley, COOPER CARRY’s President and CEO. “We expect 2017 to be a great year of growth for our hospitality portfolio across the country, but especially in the Northeast market.”

The expansion of the practice will better position The Johnson Studio at COOPER CARRY to design projects in the Northeast, including restaurants, clubhouses, hotel interiors and other hospitality-related venues. The studio has previously designed Northeast-based projects, including the Del Frisco’s Grille in Rockefeller Center and several Legal Sea Foods restaurants including the recently opened Legal Crossing in Boston, Massachusetts.

COOPER CARRY’s New York office, which opened in 1998, is known for designing office, retail, hotel and mixed-use projects, including The Lodge at Woodloch, an award-winning destination spa in Hawley, Pennsylvania; Lighthouse Point, the landmark mixed-use community on Staten Island; and a new Hilton hotel proposed for the banks of the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey.

“Our New York office has seen great demand for hospitality projects, and our decision to open the new studio, helmed by Ray, will better prepare our team to design iconic projects across the Northeast,” said Bill Johnson, Associate Principal of The Johnson Studio at COOPER CARRY. “We are confident that Ray’s extensive hospitality background and familiarity with New York City will allow him to strategically grow the hospitality-focused practice.”

At New York City-based Tihany Design and before that, Rockwell Group, Chung led the design of restaurants, bars, theaters, spas, hotels, luxury cruise ships and casinos. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at Yale University, and his Master in Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

“COOPER CARRY and The Johnson Studio at COOPER CARRY are both recognized globally for their unique connective architecture approach, and I’m thrilled to join the highly regarded team of designers,” said Chung. “The firm has an especially great reputation for transforming complex projects into memorable places that connect ideas, people and spaces – a particularly appealing approach in a crowded real estate market like New York.”

COOPER CARRY’s move to expand its restaurant design and hospitality interiors practice through The Johnson Studio at COOPER CARRY comes after the two design firms joined forces earlier this year. The Johnson Studio at COOPER CARRY is currently working on twenty projects across the U.S. and the Caribbean.

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COOPER CARRY provides architecture, planning, landscape architecture, interior design, environmental graphic design and sustainability consulting services. Founded in 1960, the firm specializes in the design of corporate, education, government, hospitality, mixed-use, office, residential, retail, science + technology, and transit projects. The firm has designed projects in 45 states and globally in the Caribbean, Middle East, Asia, Africa and Central America. Engaging a fundamental design philosophy centered on the concept that environments should connect people to people and people to place, the firm promotes the philosophy of “connective architecture.” Designers understand the local market and the specific cultural and physical contexts in which the building will serve those who interact with it while conceiving memorable spaces, inside and out. Listening to the client and gaining a deep understanding of the market and site prior to commencing design, COOPER CARRY balances passionate creativity with client service.

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ABOUT The Johnson Studio at COOPER CARRY
The Johnson Studio at COOPER CARRY works closely with clients to create extraordinary spaces that connect food and people to place. The firm offers complete design service consultation, conceptual development, architecture, interior design, lighting design and furniture purchasing. Since its founding in 1988, the studio has built a reputation for producing some of the most forward-thinking restaurant designs in the world. The Johnson Studio at COOPER CARRY has designed over 500 full service restaurants ranging from casual neighborhood eateries to upscale nationally branded establishments to unique chef-driven restaurants. It also specializes in the design of country clubs, bars and lounges. The Johnson Studio at COOPER CARRY is based in Atlanta, but orchestrates projects nationally and beyond.

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