UDG Principal Ken Rhyne Speaking to Culinary and Interior Design Students at The Art Institute of Atlanta on November 13

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Ken Rhyne, Principal with the architectural firm UDG, has a passion for restaurant and hospitality design. He is making a special presentation on November 13 for students in the culinary and interior design programs at The Art Institute of Atlanta.

My goal in speaking to the students is to help educate tomorrow’s chefs and designers about the importance of good design as it contributes to the overall success of a restaurant or hospitality venue.

Nationally recognized Native American designer Ken Rhyne, a Principal with Urban Design Group (UDG), is speaking to students at The Art Institute of Atlanta on November 13 at noon. Rhyne will make a presentation titled, “The Right Recipe for Restaurant Design” for students in the school’s interior design and culinary programs.

“Just as creative food preparation and culinary skills are critical to creating a successful restaurant,” said Ken Rhyne, Principal with UDG’s Atlanta office, “another vitally important element is creating the right atmosphere in terms of restaurant design. My goal in speaking to the students is to help educate tomorrow’s chefs and designers about the importance of good design as it contributes to the overall success of a restaurant or hospitality venue.”

Rhyne’s presentation focuses on creating uniquely themed environments that enhance the preparation and presentation of food while creating memorable and positive experiences for the patrons. He will discuss the importance of branding, signage, proper lighting (to set the mood), and how to avoid creating pinch points in the kitchen that cause food preparation problems. He will also take time to answer questions.

About Ken Rhyne, Allied AIA, AICAE, Principal, UDG:

Rhyne, a Principal with UDG, is a noted interior designer and pivotal part of the firm’s leadership team. Rhyne, Allied AIA, is a member of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers (AICAE). He has over 35 years of experience in conceptual architectural and interior design projects, including sustainable design, green architecture and the respectful infusion of Native American culture into his work.

His national portfolio includes the Museum of the Seven Feathers in South Carolina, Weedon Island Preserve Educational Center in Florida, Red Hawk Casino in California and the award-winning Cultural Resources Center for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Kampen Eagle Wing Center in Indiana.

Rhyne is also a talented blues singer and harmonica player and is regarded by many as one of the most accomplished blues rock/southern rock artists of our time. The Ken Rhyne Band was a Nammy (Native American Music Awards) nominee for Best Blues Album of the Year. Rhyne is also a member of the Pfeiffer University Baseball Hall of Fame and was a minor league player for the Washington Senators and Texas Rangers.

Through his design, music and civic involvement, Rhyne has served as an advocate for Native American issues throughout his life. He is a Tuscarora Indian and a nationally recognized designer with a talent for respectfully incorporating tribal culture into museums, cultural centers and other types of facilities.

About The Art Institute of Atlanta:

The Art Institute of Atlanta is located at 6600 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, 100 Embassy Row, Atlanta, GA 30328. For information, visit http://www.artinstitutes.edu/atlanta, call 800.275.4242, or email aiaadm(at)aii(dot)edu.

The Art Institute of Atlanta is one of The Art Institutes (http://www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of more than 50 schools located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source of education for design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important information.

About the award-winning architectural firm UDG:

Founded in 1975, UDG offers architectural, interior design, master planning, product design, and purchasing and logistics services to its worldwide clientele from offices in Atlanta, GA, and Dallas, TX. A market leader in the application and advancement of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), UDG's personnel work on a wide range of projects from hospitality, resort, and gaming projects to corporate office, university facilities, and urban mixed-use developments.

In the firm's 38-year history, UDG has completed more than $6 Billion in projects worldwide. The firm has received more than 80 design excellence awards and honors and 15 design competition awards, and has been featured in hundreds of magazine articles, newspaper pieces and design resource books. For more information, please visit http://www.urbandesigngroup.com.

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