Design Principal


Design Principal Art Chen has a reputation for his creativity and attention to detail, relying on a systemic design process to develop an elemental understanding of a project. He brings to his architecture a deep understanding of the vital relationship between external form and interior space, of the quality of light and the value of atmosphere, and how materials can be used to heighten an emotional response, creating fresh, thoughtful, and individualized design solutions.

After earning a Master of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania, Art developed an impressive resume designing for several top architecture firms in the US. He was mentored by Pritzker-Prize Laureate Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, working on the master planning of the University of Michigan campus and the design of its Life Sciences Institute. Moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2001 Art was responsible for the design of the 217,000sf, award – winning California Academy of Sciences Transition Museum. In 2004 Art joined and later became a Partner and Principal of BraytonHughes Design Studio, making the transition into the luxury hospitality industry. In 2008 Art founded and managed the Firm’s London office before returning to the United States and joining MASON Architects as Design Principal in 2016.

Art’s luxury hospitality design portfolio includes projects for Fairmont, Raffles, Setai, Swissôtel, Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts across the globe. Projects currently in work include the Four Seasons Tunis, the Ritz-Carlton and Residences Paradise Valley, AZ, and Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel, CA.


Peter Mason

A San Francisco Bay Area Architecture Firm founded by Peter Mason AIA, LEED, BD+C, specializing in luxury hospitality and resort architecture, master-planning and custom homes.

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