President

ROWENA MACARAEG

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Rowena is responsible for assuring that all projects are well planned, well designed, and well executed. Having recently completed the graphics program for Orlando’s new Amway Center Arena, Rowena provides focused and experienced leadership to assure that Graphics and Interiors are coordinated within our project team.

Trained as a visual artist and architect, Macaraeg’s passion is in creating dynamic and communicative spaces through the integration of architecture, sculpture, and graphics.

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Rowena moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in set design, sculpture and environmental graphic design. While at Sussman/Prejza & Company, Rowena designed signage and sculptures for influential entertainment destinations including Universal CityWalk in Florida. As Senior Designer at Selbert Perkins Collaborative, she created environmental graphics and wayfinding systems for Downtown Disney as well as several large retail projects in Asia and Europe. As Senior Designer at Olio, Rowena designed imaginative sets for Treasure Island Casino and custom animated neon artwork for Universal CityWalk in Hollywood.

In 2000, she co-founded RipBang Studios with architect Bob Bangham where she has created corporate identity programs, custom art, signage, and interiors for numerous clients including Scion, PBS, The Phoenix Suns, The Orlando Magic, and Sheraton Hotels.

 

Creative Director

BOB BANGHAM

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Bob, RipBang’s co-founder, is the client’s primary point of contact for all design related issues. He is responsible for the creative direction of every RipBang project.

Bob has spent his career creating places that cultivate memorable experiences. Formerly a Senior Associate at Rockwell Group, Bob designed numerous award winning and stylish entertainment destinations in including Olives Restaurant and Underbar at the W Union Square, The Water Color Inn, and Meadowlands Xanadu.

As a founding partner of Olio Design and later Lead Thematic Designer at Gensler, Bob gained experience as the thematic designer of highly visible and complex entertainment facilities such as Universal CityWalk, Treasure Island Casino, New York New York, Paris Resort, Bellagio, and Tokyo DisneySea.

As Creative Director at NBBJ Sports & Entertainment (the first architecture firm to view sports venues as entertainment destinations), Bob was involved in the design of many innovative arena, stadia, and ballparks, including LA’s Staples Center, and the renovation and expansion of The Seattle Space Needle.

For over 20 years Bob has employed a combination of marketing savvy, development strategy, thematic art, graphics, and architecture to design unforgettable commercial destinations. The common thread throughout his work, whether a large resort or intimate restaurant, is attention to detail. With a keen understanding of operational efficiency, his work focuses on the creation of immersive environments and the choreography of experiences. Bob is a registered architect in California and Arizona.


Director of Project Management

MAURY BLITZ

Maury head shotMaury is the client’s primary point of contact for scheduling, coordinating with the project team and delivery of the final product. An energetic and flexible team player with over 30 years experience in the design field, Maury has the proven ability to manage the design process and achieve maximum results within a stated budget and schedule.

As Director of Project Management, Maury has overseen complex projects where schedule, budget and implementation are critical. Maury is responsible for managing communications, coordinating bidding and negotiation, and construction administration to assure that projects are delivered as promised.

His career experience has provided him with a multidisciplinary outlook, stemming from his work in environmental graphics, event planning/management, and commercial and retail development. His management credits include large-scale public wayfinding and environmental graphics programs for Universal Studios Florida and Hollywood theme parks as well as Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Other extensive projects Maury has managed include 1998 World Polo Championship, and the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, 1984 Summer Olympic Games, 1994 World Cup USA, 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, 2007 Cricket World Cup, US Airways Center, and Amway Center.

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