Christian Schulz

Studio Collective

Schulz grew up on the Jersey Shore, where he began his design career by sculpting wood, metal & resin into sinuous forms inspired by the fluid & concave surfaces of wood & water he avidly grew up riding on during the mid – 80’s surf / skate culture. Drawing on his urge to build & create he pursued an architectural career at the New Jersey Institute of Architecture, working rigorously under the guidance of established NYC architects such as Craig Konyk & Robert D. Henry. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s of Architecture in 1992, he worked for various architectural firms in the NY metro area; eventually re-connecting with professor Robert Henry as a project designer for his boutique studio off Union Square, in NYC. It was this experience designing visceral spaces for high-profile salons & spas in Manhattan, combined with collaborations in night-life as a party promoter and set-decorator for NY mega-clubs like The Roxy, The Tunnel, & Club USA which elevated his design repertoire with new facets of sensual design, and thematic atmospheres.


After several fruitful years working with RDH Architects in NYC, Schulz returned to his roots of beach culture, heading west to attend the celebrated architecture program at “SCI-Arc,” or Southern California Institute of Architecture. It was here that Schulz discovered new conceptual inspirations and began to loosen his architectural sensibilities. Collaborating in studio projects with celebrated architects such as Mitchell De Jarnett, Neil Denari & Michael Rotondi, with an emphasis on lighting under theatrical lighting designers, Heather Carson & Anne Militello, he advanced his fascination with perceptual design. Schulz completed his Master’s in Architecture degree in 2001, influenced by Peter Zumthor & Steven Holl, with an architectural thesis entitled: “Sensory-Interload,” highlighting his shared interest in the phenomenological surroundings of context & site, and the heightened awareness of sensual perception through the subtleties of light & shadow.


Since then Schulz has worked and collaborated alongside some of the brightest and most influential names in hospitality development, including clients such as Jason Pomeranc, Brent Bolthouse and  Jeffrey Chodorow to name a few. He has worked intimately on a variety of project types, as a project designer for the renowned studios of Frank Gehry Architects, Ian Schrager Hotels, and Dodd Mitchell design. Some high-profile projects include collaborating on the conceptualization, design, and construction of Double Seven lounge in New York, renovations to the Sagamore Hotel in South Beach & The Mondrian Hotel Penthouse in Los Angeles, as well as part of the design team for the Miramar property in Santa Barbara with Ian Schrager & Philippe Starck. He also served as project manager and lead designer for The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and SixtyThompson Beverly Hills Hotel – featuring a brilliant collaboration with ‘Swarovski,’ on its crystal-lined rooftop pool.


Schulz hit the ground running in 2008, after stepping down as Design Director for Dodd Mitchell Design, he shifted design posts to the ownership side, where he oversaw the design studio as senior design manager for LA nightlife super-power sbe Entertainment. Here he re-connected with Philippe Starck & Bruno Borrione on the design for several highly anticipated Hotel Development projects: such as the SLS Hotel in LA, and SLS Hotel in Miami… And just like that the world changed and Schulz adapted; following the rise & fall of the sbe design department, he teamed up with fellow SCI-Arc alum. & sbe designer Adam Goldstein, & long-time friend/design maven Leslie Kale to form Studio-Collective in 2009; where a fresh chapter has begun. Schulz currently resides in Ocean Park, CA and continues to return to the ocean and ride the waves for inspiration & reflection.