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Ed Bakos

Partner & CEO, Champalimaud Design

With over 25 years of experience in luxury hospitality and restaurant design, Ed’s collaborations with high-profile clients on complex, award-winning projects have positioned him as a leading figure in the design industry. Working closely with clients and the studio’s design teams, he has shaped architectural space in support of the creation and evolution of luxury brands.

Ed graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Architecture and received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University. He taught architecture at Cornell University’s Rome campus and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Ed returned to New York City to join another major firm, serving as Principal and Studio Leader for 18 years. In 2012, he joined Champalimaud Design as Managing Director and Partner, and in 2019 he was named as the studio’s CEO.

While at Champalimaud Design, Ed has led the design of many notable hospitality and restaurant projects, including the award-winning renovation of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, Badrutt’s Palace in St Moritz, the Halekulani Okinawa, and the Morrison Dining Hall at Cornell University. Ed is currently working on the new Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Naples, Florida, along with New York City’s St. Regis Hotel.

For engaging and inspired guest experiences, Ed’s work has been the recipient of numerous design awards, including a Presidential Design Award for his role in the renovation of the Lower Concourse of New York’s Grand Central Terminal, several Gold Key Awards, and a Boutique Design Award for Best Hotel. He was also a member of the Think Team for the World Trade Center redevelopment.