CO-Office is a New York City based design consultancy with over 9 years of experience in hospitality, workplace, commercial, and residential design.
Co-founded by Simon McGown and David Zhai, CO-Office’s mission is to deliver the best client-focused experience for crafting unique spaces, experiences and communities, with high returns on investment, culture, and ecology.
Our design approach is bottom-up, with a focus on understanding human behavior and end-user experience as the foundations for crafting a distinct sense of place. We always strive to set new standards for ourselves in luxury, comfort, experience, and innovation.
We approach our projects through refined expertise in strategy, interior design, real estate, and user-experience design to deliver beautiful, lasting, meaningful spaces and experiences.
Who we Are
CO-Office is comprised of a small, dedicated team of designers from diverse backgrounds ranging from strategy, interior design, real estate, and construction, with project experience of up to 2.8 million square feet.
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 interior 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 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
Interior Design, Experience Design, Business Strategy, Market & Consumer Research, Real Estate Sales & Acquisitions, Real Estate Development, 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.
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