Corbin Plays, a Crow Tribe member, was raised in both Oakland and Montana. After studying Architecture at Cornell University, he moved to New York City in 2000. He worked for the firm CANresources for 4.5 yrs. He honed his craft under the guidance of Derek Sanders and Serge Becker, which led to working on many innovative projects including: The downtown LA Standard Hotel, The night club Volume in Brooklyn, renovations at the Time Cafe and Joe's Pub, La Esquina, Rebecca Taylor's retail store in Nolita, Edmundo Castillo's Shoe store on Mott st., office space renovations in Edison, NJ, and some residences in south Hampton. In 2002 he met Nathaniel Corum who was building straw bale houses on the Crow reservation in Montana, with the nonprofit group, Red Feather. Nathaniel invited him to do the 3 dimensional illustrations for the book " Building a Straw Bale House: The Red Feather Construction Hand Book" and was published in 2005. He worked as a designer for the photographer David La Chapelle, and hotelier Vikram Chatwell, when they renovated the Majestic Hotel into the Dream Hotel on Time Square. He worked again with Murat Bugdaycay on the 16,000 sq.ft. headquarters for Rebecca Taylor clothing co. in the garment district. Next, he was hired by Sean Macpherson and Eric Goode to work on the design team during the construction of the Bowery Hotel, the Lafayette House, the Waverly Inn restaurant, and the Jane Hotel, and a few notable projects in Los Angeles, and he did some work on the aptly named Crow's Nest restaurant and Inn in Montauk, long Island. Ken Friedman hired him to work on the original John Dory restaurant. And most recently he worked as the construction manager / project manager of a high end residential townhouse on Perry street in NYC, for the Architectural Firm; Studio Castellano.
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