The firm is founded and opens up shop in America's first shopping mall, the Arcade Providence.
DiLeonardo is honored with the SM Hexter Award for the design of Capriccios Restaurant in Providence, RI.
RJD receives an Honorary Doctorate from Johnson & Wales University for excellence in Business of Hospitality.
The Grand Opening of New World Hotel takes places in Kowloon, China.
The Hong Kong office opens.
The first DiLeonardo project of the Middle East, Royal Abjar, opens in Saudi Arabia.
Founder Robert J DiLeonardo honored with the Platinum Circle Award.
Al Faisaliah Center & Rosewood Hotel, KSA's 4th tallest building opens in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
DiLeonardo creates the Johnson & Wales University Endowment Scholarship, benefiting international students wishing to pursue a hospitality design career in the United States.
James Lehoullier, Giana DiLeonardo, and Lia DiLeonardo are made Partners of the firm.
The Dubai Office opens.
The Philippines Office opens.
JL receives an Honorary Doctorate from Johnson & Wales University for excellence in Business of Hospitality.
DiStudio is established.
Giana & Lia DiLeonardo are awarded the Wave of the Future Award, honoring visionary and accomplished designers.
JL receives Providence Business News' 40 under 40 Award.
GD receives Providence Business News' 40 under 40 Award.
DiLeonardo wins Design Company of the Year, Lodging Industry's Elite Awards
It's about collaboration.
The sharing of ideas—of inspirations and of passions—is at the heart of every creative project we develop.
Our dynamic ”team of masters” is steeped in an ethos of generous cooperation. We foster the expression of each contributor’s talents and perspectives in order to generate more creative designs for our clients—and better ones as well. Our solutions benefit from a rich, global pool of experience in addressing the practical aspects of creating successful interiors that support brands and drive business.
Robert J. DiLeonardo
In the hospitality and design worlds, Bob DiLeonardo is a legend with global recognition. From his teaching years at Brown, RISD, and Johnson & Wales to his consulting and charitable activities with the most prestigious organizations in architecture and design, Bob's influence has left an indelible mark on hospitality and architectural professionals in dozens of countries where his work is featured in the premiere properties. 40 years on, his insistence on imbuing every project with passion and creativity continues to inspire the studio that bears his name.
Managing Partner, CEO
Managing Partner, CEO
"What can we do better?" is James Lehouiller's battle cry as he travels the globe overseeing the DiLeonardo team's work on six continents. During a career that has taken him from Vermont to Visakhapatnam (India), James' passion for learning about other cultures has provided a deep knowledge base that serves our clients well. His unflagging interest in the practical mechanics of achieving excellence has earned him academic and professional accolades (including an Honorary Doctorate from Johnson & Wales University) along with invitations to address diverse professional organizations on topics around international hospitality and design. James is a member of the Urban Land Institute, Historic New England, a founding board member for the US Green Building Council (RI) and is a registered LEED Accredited Professional. He is a frequent contributor to trade publications and is a regular guest speaker at industry conferences.
Harnessing the creative power of a "true studio environment," is among the passions of Giana DiLeonardo—whose international designs won her early-career recognition as an inspired talent. At DiLeonardo, Giana leads a global team of designers and professionals who provide unique "round the clock" service to our clients—via a co-location strategy that leverages offices in multiple time zones and a diverse team of imaginative contributors. Giana is an active member of the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality and is a LEED Green Associate—committed to sustainable design and construction practices.
Lia is a champion of design collaboration and has created nurturing and vibrant studio environments across DiLeonardo's global offices. She has a proven ability to foster and elicit creative excellence from diverse teams while mentoring young designers. As a second-generation leader, she is dedicated to protecting and evolving the firm's legacy of delivering superb—and successful—interiors solutions to the most demanding hospitality brands. Lia oversees design initiatives, client development and global marketing and branding as well as DiLeonardo's philanthropic and social initiatives. She earned a Masters of Architecture from RISD as well as degrees in Fine Arts and Literature from The University of Vermont. Lia is an associate member of AIA, NEWH and USGBC, the Alpha Ro Chi Society of Architects and RISD Department of Architecture Advisory Board for Publications and the Hotel Design Editorial Advisory Board.
Jennifer believes the process of reaching successful design solutions is enriched by participation of all team members. "I want to hear from every voice on my team and I want them to continually to inspire themselves—and others—with ideas that are truly worth remembering," she says. As Design Director, Jennifer leads project teams, engages with clients, contributes to the development of DiLeonardo's global design vision —and mentors designers through their careers. Jennifer studied Fine Art & Sculpture at Banbury School of Art, Oxfordshire, England and received a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design (UK.) She has served as a guest critic at California State University Long Beach and the Rhode Island School of Design. She holds a Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification and tries to spend at least one week a year on silent meditation retreat.
Richard believes the key to delivering successful design is to develop stable and content teams who possess a shared vision. He creates and nurtures these kinds of teams at DiLeonardo's offices through a philosophy of encouragement, empowerment and continual challenge. As Design Director, Richard ensures all projects are executed in accordance with DiLeonardo’s high standards of creativity and innovation. With over 25 years experience, Richard has a proven track record across numerous prestigious hospitality, residential and commercial projects. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree in Furniture Design from the Loughborough College of Art and Design. In his free time, Richard enjoys catching up with the latest movies and playing classical guitar.
Fariz is an established architect possessing over 17 years of experience in the field of Architecture and Interior Design. His expertise lies in leading and guiding design teams as well as the project management of a variety of prestigious projects in the Hospitality, Residential and Commercial markets. Through his vast experience in the field, he has gained substantial knowledge of local authority design and construction codes.
George N. Cucitrone Jr.
In an age where technology and media can deliver anyone’s wants and desires to them at any time, George strives to deliver design which gives people what they need- value and enrichment to their existence. After 10 years with DiLeonardo, George is fortunate enough to do several different things in the office. His primary role is that of Project Director where he is responsible for guiding projects to successful completion through all design phases. He also travels frequently to coordinate with clients and consultants and is becoming more involved with project design. George holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Roger Williams University. George is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is NCARB Certified. He is a Registered Architect in the States of Rhode Island and Nevada. He has lived on both coasts of the US and overseas in Italy and has worked and travelled in many places around the world.
Medhat strongly believes that teamwork, along with positive energy, is the key to any successful project. Delivering a successful project is one’s target; aligning great designers and technicians is important, however the passion of loving what we do has an impact on the world and brings joy to every step of the journey. Medhat graduated from Cairo University with a BSC in Architecture Engineering in 1999. He has worked in the UAE for over 12 years. He is an associate of AIA and LEED GA accredited. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Interior Architecture and Design from Heriot Watt University.
Jordan believes sustainability is achieved with timeless design. She is a team player and enjoys the collaborative process at DiLeonardo. “I love good lighting.” As Senior Designer, Jordan leads the design process with a keen attention to detail. She is responsible for managing the drawing production and further developing the design through design development and construction documents in close coordination with the Project Director. Jordan received her Masters degree in Interior Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and her Bachelor of Arts degree in the History of Art and Architecture from Brown University. Jordan started her professional life in theatre and film production. She believes this experience provides rich resources for inspiration in her current role at DiLeonardo.
Xiaoxu believes that an outstanding environmental design could improve work efficiency, help people with social communication and even aide with curing diseases. As an environmental designer, her missions include achieving the maximum improvement of the inhabitant’s living quality. When engaging in a project, she puts herself into the inhabitant’s conditions, considering every detail of their requirements and always tries to provide much more than they expected. “Design is a complex creation after considering the factors of human behavior; psychology, culture, history, geography and aesthetics.” As a Senior Designer, Xiaoxu leads the design process with a keen attention to detail. She is responsible for managing the drawing production and further developing the design through design development and construction documents in close coordination with the Project Director. Xiaoxu received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Design from Beijing Forestry University and a Masters degree in Interior Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Frank believes in collaboration, be it client or design team and consultants. His experience offers the ability to recognize flexibility while understanding how to take a concept and manage it to reality. Frank believes heavily in team building and watching ideas flourish. Frank’s official role is Project Manger, however you will find him sketching design concepts to making coffee for the team. Frank has actively worked for 38 years in the design and architecture profession.
Tim has total commitment to seeing a project through from its initial design concepts straight into the full documentation, construction and ultimately the success of another great project. This profession can often create many challenges during the design process and ultimately finding ways to overcome these challenges then ending up with a truly great product for our clients is very satisfying. As a Project Manager in the firm, he oversees all client and operator relations as well as directing the design team to provide excellence in every aspect of the design process. Tim holds degrees in both Architecture and Interior Design from Hall Institute of Technology.