Who We Are
CO-Office is a user-experience driven integrated design consultancy. We design spaces that connect people to the culture, communities, and ideas that shape them. We combine expertise in building design, interior design, real estate, and user-experience design to deliver beautiful, lasting, meaningful spaces and experiences.
David Zhai, Co-founder
Director of Design & User Experience
As Director of Design and User Experience, David leads research, strategy, and design for collaborative work environments, experiential retail, hospitality, and community-driven residential.
David has over 8 years of experience in branding, experience design, and building design for clients such as Disney, Oprah Winfrey Network, and Quicksilver. He was the BIM lead for the design of World Trade Tower 2 with Bjarke Ingels Group.
Simon McGown, Co-founder
Director of Design & Development
As Director of Design & Development, Simon leads acquisitions, new business, and project management by combining user-centered design with business development and real estate expertise.
Simon has over 8 years of experience in building design and construction for cultural and institutional projects including the Bill & Melinda Gates Hall in Ithaca, NY, and the Cornell Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island with Morphosis. Simon is also a licensed real estate agent with Compass.
What We Do
Building Design, Interior Design, Experience Design, Business Strategy, Market & Consumer Research, Real Estate Sales & Acquisitions, Real Estate Development, Permitting, Virtual Reality Experiences.
Director of Interiors, Seattle Office
As Director of Interiors, Gaby materializes custom interior solutions across all projects. Gaby also directs projects in our newly established Seattle Office.
Since joining CO-Office in 2015, Gaby has helped build the firm's Interior Design offerings and has worked with clients and suppliers to simplify and streamline the Interior Design, specifications and procurement process while delivering uncompromising, beautiful interiors.
John S. Perez
Director of Hospitality
As the Director of Hospitality, John leads hotel design, construction, and operations. John is a Registered Architect with over 10 years of experience in high end, large, medium scale, and boutique hospitality design, construction, and operations.
John’s projects include the Grand Beach Hotel in Miami, the Bay Harbor Hotel in Bay Harbor, Florida, the Marriott Starwood Aloft in Chicago, and a number of boutique hotels in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
What We Value
Collaboration, culture & community, resiliency, social advocacy, equality, transparency, environmental and social justice, user research, data metrics, hybridity, invention, narrative & storytelling, creating impact.
A recent graduate from Columbia University's GSAPP, Fengyi assists with design and construction across all projects.
Since joining CO-Office in 2018, Fengyi has helped to lead the office's effort to expand our expertise in Passive Haus, a rigorous standard for energy efficiency in buildings that dramatically reduces their ecological footprint in the world.
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