ERIC CHEONG BIO
Cheong, currently living in Portland, Oregon, is an architect, interior designer, avid sailor and outdoor conservationist. He is the principal of North 45 Projects.
With North 45 Projects, Cheong is focusing on developing meaningful projects which support both stewardship and revitalization of historic assets and their surrounding community. He is currently engrossed in the refurbishment of an 111 year old log cabin inn on the shore of Penn Cove, Whidbey Island, WA. He has served on the board of the Maritime Foundation, which has restored a 1920’s Nova Scotia cod fishing schooner into a world class on-the-water seafood restaurant and bar, named Grand Banks. The Foundation is also in the process of rebuilding the world’s last remaining original oyster barge which were prolific on the 19th c. waterfronts of New York City.
Before starting North 45 Projects, Cheong worked with Ace Hotel Group as Atelier Director at Atelier Ace in Portland (2011–2013) and more recently as the Creative Director of Building (2013–2016) where he oversaw the Atelier’s creative services staff in addition to managing the day-to-day actions of Ace’s in-house architecture and interior design teams. His work at Atelier Ace ranged from real estate development, hospitality concept and planning to the successful completion of hotel projects. He worked closely in the concept, construction, opening and on-going property improvements of Ace Los Angeles, Ace Pittsburgh, Ace London and Ace New Orleans. Along with the Ace Hotel Group partners, he managed and collaborated with the in-house branding, development, operations and technical services team on nearly a dozen hospitality projects in the works around world with new property openings slated for 2017 to 2019. Prior to his work at Atelier Ace, Cheong served as Vice President for Roman and Williams in New York City (2005–2010), where he managed their studio as well as oversaw interior design and execution of all hospitality, food and beverage and retail projects. Notable projects he had a direct involvement in included Jean Nouvel’s 40 Mercer condominium project, the Standard Hotel Highline and Ace Hotel New York. Cheong received his Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture from Georgia Tech in 1999 and his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in 2005. Cheong has worked for world class design studios in Paris, New York and Los Angeles.