Jeffrey has been teaching at RISD on and off since 1980. Just after graduate school he was a faculty member in the Architecture department, running the sophomore studio for the disciplines that were then part of the Division of Architectural Studies: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Industrial Design. As his practice migrated toward branding and interior design, he returned to RISD to teach in the Interior Architecture department. For the past few years the subject of his studios has been retail design where students explore how to apply aspects of branding to retail environments. In order to give the students latitude, the subjects of the retail studios are intended to be provocative and a little vague: retail in the context of the Andy Warhol museum proposed an exploration of commerce in the context of art that is about commerce. A small department store for five brands, each related to one of the five senses, is an invitation to explore how all the senses inform perceptions of environments and collude to create memorable spaces.
Education: BARC, Carnegie Mellon University; MARCH, Harvard University
Bio: Jeffrey Katz is a principal at C&JKatzStudio. The studio’s work includes retail, corporate, residential, exhibition, and furniture design. Jeffrey and his wife Cheryl Katz started the studio in New York in 1984 and moved the studio to Boston in 1991.
C&JKatzStudio has developed brand environments and retail concepts for Gant, Crabtree & Evelyn, Rockport, Grand Circle Travel, Garnet Hill, J.Jill, and Yard Co. among others. Restaurant design includes Foumami Asian Sandwich Bar, a start-up in the Boston financial district; Menton, Sportello, and Drink, the latest projects designed for Barbara Lynch Gruppo; Sofra, a bakery and café in Cambridge designed for chef Ana Sortun; and Vignola in Portland, Maine. The studio was the brand environment design consultant for Crumbs, completing 50 stores for the national chain of cupcake shops based in New York. The studio’s residential projects range from decoration to renovation and new construction.
Area of Interest: Jeffrey’s interests include drawing and printmaking. His latest drawings are about reflection and perspective. His latest prints—monotypes and photo etchings—use thread as a way to create images. Like the techniques that are employed in his work at RISD and C&JKatzStudio, thread has practical and conceptual ties to design, decoration, fashion, domesticity, and structure.
ADVANCED DESIGN STUDIOS