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Ron Pompei

Ron Pompei is one of America's most influential and exciting designers, an award-winning, multi-disciplinary artist whose work has revolutionized the concept of design, and whose stunning projects include interiors that have helped transform shopping into a social and cultural experience.

Born in Washington DC in 1947, he trained as an artist, sculptor and architect, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union in New York, and a B.A. in Fine Arts from the Philadelphia College of Art.

He started his career as an installation artist, gaining widespread recognition for his large-scale light installations in Philadelphia, before in 1990 co-founding creative services consultancy Pompei A.D.

The company swiftly made a name for itself with its innovative creative concepts, working on everything from buildings to furniture, shops to domestic interiors, small exhibitions to giant multi-media events.

Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Levi's, Coca-Cola, the Discovery Channel and the California Academy of Sciences are just a few of the organizations that have benefited from his unique creative vision.

In particular he has pioneered the idea of the "transformative environment" - a shop or work space that impacts on the user not simply on a physical level, but emotionally, intellectually and spiritually as well.

It is a philosophy that has been dubbed 'C3' - the integration of Commerce, Culture and Community - and one that Pompei believes has the power not simply to revitalize urban venues, but to transform the way people socialize and interact.

He has won a host of accolades and awards - including an American Institute of Graphic Arts Annual Design Award and "Store of the Year" Award from Visual Merchandising + Store Design Magazine in 1998 & 1999 - and has been named in Display and Design Ideas Magazine's top 30 most influential people in the U.S. design industry.

Among numerous current projects he is working with another Principal Voice, Sir Ken Robinson, on "Catalyzing Creativity" - a forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas on innovation and creativity in business.