Adam D. Tihany, widely regarded as the world's most well-known restaurant designer, has been named art director for The Culinary Institute of America (CIA).
Mr. Tihany assumes his new title on August 1, 2011. In this role, he will advise the CIA regarding aesthetic issues in the design of capital projects and renovations, as well as the overall image of the college's Hyde Park, NY campus.
Over the last three decades, Mr. Tihany has collaborated with the world's best chefs, restaurateurs, and hoteliers to create unique projects of contemporary design. He conceived interiors for more than 300 restaurants, including Jean Georges, Le Cirque 2000, Per Se, and Daniel in New York City. His luxury hotel designs include the One&Only Cape Town Resort in South Africa; King David Hotel in Jerusalem, Israel; Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas; Westin Chosun in Seoul, South Korea; and The Joule in Dallas, TX. Among his multi-city design concepts are Bouchon restaurants for Thomas Keller. In addition to his hospitality work, he was also curator and designer of two major exhibits in conjunction with the Milan Furniture Fair, highlighting the relationship between design, hospitality, and the culinary world.
Mr. Tihany's contribution to the world of design has been recognized with numerous honors and awards including induction into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who in Food and Beverage in the United States in 1997 and the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1991. He received an honorary doctorate from the New York School of Interior Design in 2003, and was named Designer of the Year by Bon Appétit in 2001 and Innovator of the Year by Nation's Restaurant News in 1999.He worked with the CIA previously in designing the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant at the college's Greystone campus in St. Helena, CA, which opened in 1995.