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Anita Summer

The Johnson Studio Cooper Carry

As Principal of The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry, Anita leads a talented team of architects, designers, lighting designers and brand experts in designing award-winning restaurants, bars, and hospitality spaces. With a stunning portfolio of over 600 restaurants, each creates a unique dining experience curated to the food, user, and client. The Johnson Studio’s client list is a spectacular array of signature chefs, restauranteurs, and luxury hoteliers. Anita began working alongside Bill Johnson over 30 years ago after graduating in architecture from the NC State School of Design. In 2016, The Johnson Studio merged with Cooper Carry and Anita stepped into her leadership role. She’s known for her ability to understand a client’s intangible vision for a project and make it real. She has a particular expertise in lighting and loves to create the perfect ambiance through the innovative use of light. As a leader in the field, she’s an excellent example of the sage advice to “do what you love, and love what you do.”




July 16 - 17, 2024
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