Ed Bakos

Partner and CEO at Champalimaud Design

About Speaker

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. Ed joined Champalimaud as Managing Director in 2012 and applies his unparalleled expertise in design strategy to a variety of projects. Working closely with clients and the firm’s design teams, he shapes architectural space in support of the creation and evolution of luxury brands.

Over the course of his extensive career, Ed has led the design of many innovative hospitality projects, including the first W Hotel, the Belvedere Hotel in Mykonos, the Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, and the Andaz Wall Street. Ed served as Principal in charge of interior design for the Marina Bay Sands Casino project in Singapore.

In addition to his hospitality work, Ed has completed numerous signature restaurants and award winning bars including the Cosmopolitan’s Chandelier Bar, Jaleo Restaurant, and the Talon Club, as well as Langham Chicago’s new Travelle Restaurant. Other notable restaurants include The National and Town for chef Geoffrey Zakarian in New York, Wall and Water at the Andaz Wall Street, and Print Restaurant and Press Lounge at the Ink 48 hotel in New York.

For innovative and engaging 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 in 2010. He was a member of the Think Team for the World Trade Center redevelopment.

Ed graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Architecture and received a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University. Before to settling in New York City, he taught architecture at Cornell University’s Rome Program and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Ed returned to New York to join Rockwell Group, were he served as Principal and Studio Leader for 18 years.