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CCS named one of New York’s 10 Best Restaurant Architects

New York’s food scene is as diverse and competitive as New Yorkers themselves. Currently, 77 restaurants across Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn are Michelin-starred, and their cuisines originate from every corner of the globe. In the city that celebrity chefs like Tom Colicchio, Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongerichten call home, restaurants must distinguish themselves through their menus and their design. The 10 firms on our top restaurant architect list design eateries that make a splash and set lasting trends in the ever-evolving New York City restaurant landscape, winning some of the highest industry awards and finding placement in top magazines.


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In partnership with the GGRA Industry Conference, Culintro will be hosting an event on Restaurant Design; Design & Eating: The New Age of Restaurant Design.

CCS Architecture will be one of three notable restaurant designers speaking about recent trends in restaurant design with a focus on the Bay Area as well as a look at the landscape nationwide. Learn how these designers helped restaurant operators meet the evolving needs of their customers, and get insight to the solutions they achieved during the process.


  • Bryan Southwick, CCS Architecture
  • Rob Polacek, Puccini Group
  • Andrew Lieberman, AvroKO


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CCS is looking for an Interior Designer

CCS Architecture, an award winning bi-coastal architectural firm is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated interior designer with 5-7 years of experience to join our expanding San Francisco office. High-end residential and hospitality/restaurant experience required. Applicant should have experience in Schematic Design through Construction Administration, AutoCAD proficiency and 3-D modeling.

Our casual yet professional, energetic and collaborative office environment offers great growth potential for motivated individuals who are looking to advance their careers and are willing to take on responsibility. Our work is exciting and diverse – from New York restaurants to minimalist San Francisco town homes – with projects spanning from coast to coast.


Duties and Responsibilities: (includes but is not limited to)

  • Plans, schedules and organizes projects from inception to completion.
  • Responsible for all phases of the design process, including conceptual, schematic, design development and construction documents.
  • Proven ability to work well in a team environment and oversee junior staff.
  • Strong experience in consultant coordination.
  • Checks and coordinates details and dimensions.
  • Coordinates with other Design Staff on projects to assure continuity and consistency of documentation.
  • Proven ability to understand client goals and meet expectations


Applicants should have experience in the following:

  • Excellent Interior Architecture & strong detailing skills
  • Hospitality Experience
  • Ability to work closely with Design Principal and Interior Design Director
  • Excellent AutoCAD & Adobe Creative Suite skills
  • Develop FF&E schemes, maintain FF&E budgets, and produce specifications
  • Ability to create 3d renderings (SketchUp)
  • Outstanding Graphic skills and ability to create presentation boards
  • All phases from Schematic Design through Construction Administration
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • PC platform

This is a full time position. CCS offers a competitive salary, medical & dental benefits, flexible spending account, 401k program, sick and vacation time.

Compensation is commensurate with experience and ability.

Please send your letter, resume and work samples by email in PDF format, no larger than 8MB, to jobs@ccs-architecture.comBe sure to include the job title and San Francisco Office in the subject line or else your resume will not be considered.






OneUP nominated for Best Restaurant Design

OneUP at the Grand Hyatt on Union Square in San Francisco has been nominated for Best Restaurant within a Hotel in the International Design & Architecture Awards. Please take a moment to vote for OneUP at the Grand Hyatt, which can be found in the Restaurant within a Hotel category.

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Hyatt Atlanta wins Best Restaurant Award

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

CCS Architecture is pleased to announce that The Hyatt Regency Atlanta was awarded Best Restaurant Design at the HA+D Awards Ceremony (Hotel Architecture + Design) in Hong Kong.

This restaurant, lobby bar, and cafe are located in the mid-century (1967) Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, which was the first hotel with a signature atrium, designed by John Portman. In the spirit of the mid-century legacy of the building, the design for all three of these venues is modern, clean and intended to be timeless, while also being unique and warm.

Prominent and near the hotel entry is Sway (southern way), which is a large all-day restaurant, designed with an exhibition kitchen, plus a wine bar.  The original restaurant, which was gutted, was just an extension of the lobby and had no positive identity.  The new architecture that we created now has a façade, which are the wooden sections that establish a border between the atrium lobby and the restaurant itself.  This creates a transition from lobby to dining that is still visually open and inviting.


The lobby bar for the hotel is called Twenty Two Storys, which is how many floors the atrium has from floor to ceilingThe design for this is distinctive from the lobby, yet fully open to foster as much flow into it as possible. Although the design is modern, the goal for this venue was to be a ‘modern tavern’.  The wood finishes are darker and the layout is casual to foster individuals and large groups.




Recently Completed – Grand Hyatt on Union Square

CCS Architecture recently completed the new lobby, restaurant and bar at the Grand Hyatt on Union Square in San Francisco, part of a larger $70 million renovation of the entire property. The concept, which drove the design, was about identifying the local region of Northern California within an international brand, and has infused a new energy into Union Square. What once was once predominantly conceived as a conference hotel now caters to both locals and hotel guests alike.

The hotel lobby and mezzanine are essentially within a cube of space anchored by two central elevator cores, which has been covered in eucalyptus boards from the ground to the thirty-foot ceiling, acting as a common architectural element to all areas. A new steel, glass, and wood stair leads from the lobby to the mezzanine and features a custom, 24-foot wide, digital animated California Sunset which can be seen from both the lobby but also the street.

Drawing focus high above the beautifully refurbished lobby, OneUP Restaurant & Lounge is the gem of the property, referencing the dynamic restaurant and lounge’s gastronomic philosophy as a level above the rest. Upstairs, OneUP features a sleek, modern-chic décor with a distinct Northern California stamp. Referencing the great tradition of Northern California’s culinary culture, the new restaurant’s showcase live-fire kitchen becomes a welcoming hearth to the intimate 56-seat dining room. The long side of the room, which is all existing large windows, is now fronted with wood shelves loaded with California cookbooks, digital displays, and various objects of interest. Guests pass through an interactive wine and liquor library, complete with interactive touch- screen menu displays, to the inviting bar and lounge, a lively and sociable setting for cocktails, light fare and live music. Finishes throughout the project are a series of counterpoints relating to the regional vs. the international: natural wood and polished chrome, tapestry and concrete, plants and glass.

Grand Hyatt San Francisco also provides a cuisine preview with the launch the city’s first hotel-operated food truck, delivering a sampling of the new San Francisco restaurant’s Northern California-influenced, American bistro cuisine across the city.