Ron Schafer

Ron Schafer

Culver City, CA, US



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Walt Disney Imagineering, Glendale, CA, US, Architect Principal - Concept Architect

Worked directly with Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Directors & Producers to realize Architectural products for Disney Theme Parks and Resorts.

Specifically, I worked on the Star Wars Lands- worked primarily on the F&B - Retail portions of the project. I was responsible for the overall master plans, established massing, focused on the guest experience in terms of width of paths heights of buildings, worked directly with the creative director to conceptualize show elements and building forms.

Jun 2015 - Oct 2016

Schafer Design Studio, Culver City, CA, US, Principal - Design Director

Schafer Design Studio is a boutique design firm favoring Architectural and Urban Design focused on the visitor experience. We work in the domestic and international markets, telling stories, creating living concepts while collaborating with contractors and stakeholders in small teams to realize small residential projects to large scale mixed use destinations and entertainment attractions.

Artist Residence, Ash Fork, AZ - architecture
The Borland 5 , Los Angeles, CA - architecture
Jin Tang Mixed Use Destination, Chengdu, China - masterplanning

Jan 2012 - Jun 2015

RNL/Charlesgroup + RNL Design, Los Angeles, CA, US, Design Leader for Los Angeles Office

Architectural Design Lead for Los Angeles Office, guided teams on large scale international planning and architectural projects. Led the design team from concept to construction drawings for the El Monte Station, a 45 million dollar METRO transit project in El Monte, CA. While Design lead, the Los Angeles office won AIA Next LA Awards two years in a row. 2010 - El Monte Station & 2011 Jin Tang White Collar Housing, Chengdu, China.

Peacock Lake Residential Mixed Use, Beijing, China - masterplanning
Longhe Dragon River Retail Park, Guangyang, China - masterplanning
El Monte Station, El Monte, CA - masterplanning - architecture AIA next LA award
Jin Tang Housing, Chengdu, China - masterplanning - concept architecture AIA next LA Award

Aug 2007 - Jan 2012

Charlesgroup International, Los Angeles, CA, US, Design Director

Realized large scale retail based entertainment destinations and masterplans in Asia, working closely with Charles Pigg, former Design Director for the Jerde Partnership. Developed concept architectural and planning packages for government agencies and private development firms.

Nanhai Canal Village, Guangzhou, China - concept planning + architecture through schematic design
Grand Fuji Masaki Town Center, Matsuyama, Japan - concept planning + architecture

Mar 2001 - Jan 2012

The Jerde Partnership, Venice, CA, US, Senior Project Designer

Realized large scale retail based entertainment destinations in the US and Asia working closely with Jon Jerde and design partners. Worked directly with Jon Snoddy and Universal Studios in a story development & conceptual architectural role to help realize Gameworks Family Entertainment Centers throughout the US and South America.

Rinku Town Entertainment Destination, Osaka, Japan - masterplanning + concept architecture
Virtual Arena Sports Environment, Buenos Aires, Argentina - conceptual architectural design
Gameworks Family Entertainment Centers, USA - conceptual architectural design

Mar 1997 - Mar 2001


University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1977 - Aug 1982


AIA Next LA Citation 2011, Award

Jin Tang Industrial Gardens Housing


AIA Next LA Citation 2010, Award

El Monte Station - Bus Station


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