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Mr. Chung

Ray Chung

Director of Design, The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry

Appointed as Director of Design of The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry, Ray  Chung spearheads the restaurant, hospitality interiors and club design studio. After graduating with a B.A. cum laude from Yale University and a Master of Architecture from The Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Mr. Chung has focused his career on building memorable, immersive destinations. With each project, he views storytelling as an organizing principle in design, bringing out the character of each project.

Mr. Chung's broad range of experience spans from restaurants, hotels and casinos to cruise ships, museums and children's hospitals. His work spans the country and the globe, with projects in South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. 

After previously working at Rockwell Group, and most recently, New York City-based Tihany Design, Mr. Chung now leads The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry's new offices in New York City, which opened in October 2016.


Please visit http://www.coopercarry.com/ for more information.

Mr. Chung can be contacted at 212-691-0271 or ray@johnsonstudio.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.