Celebrating culture, life, and people through design.
At Jeffrey Beers International, design is the intersection of art and intelligence. Combining an artist’s sense of craft and exploration with an understanding of the client’s vision, the team at JBI strategically plans and creates engaging spaces that are also successful businesses. The firm strives to expand upon these values by creating a culture of collaboration, learning, and professional development as well as through giving back to the local community.
Creating iconic gathering places in cities around the world.
Jeffrey Beers International (JBI) brings experience, vision, and architectural precision to the creation of vibrant social spaces. Internationally recognized as a leader in architecture and design, JBI is a full-service studio founded by Jeffrey Beers in 1986 specializing in architecture, design, and planning. JBI’s team of talented and highly trained designers have collaborated with a global roster of exceptional clients to push the boundaries of design, advancing the hospitality industry through a portfolio of award-winning projects.
Over the last twenty-five years, Jeffrey Beers’ work has set a new standard for the field of hospitality design. Through thoughtful planning, design innovation, and an incomparable synthesis of architecture and craft, he has created gathering spaces that transcend trends.
The seeds for this deep appreciation of art and craftsmanship, the thread that links his diverse body of work, were first planted during Jeffrey’s childhood. His parents, both globetrotting travel professionals, often brought Jeffrey along on their international trips, giving him not just a well-stamped passport at a young age but also a life-long curiosity about the art and customs of other cultures. Jeffrey had a more immersive fine arts experience while an architecture student at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied with renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. “I realized that blown glass is like a mini-building—form, surface, texture, finish, and color are all married together in one discipline,” says Jeffrey, whose passion for detail continues to define his projects of every scale.
Jeffrey’s interest in the relationship of architecture and glass led to an IIE/Fulbright scholarship in Brazil. While there, he worked with the celebrated Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, whom Jeffrey credits with opening his eyes to the world of color and form. Upon returning to the US, Jeffrey had the honor of joining the New York office of preeminent architect I.M Pei, helping to develop the design for the acclaimed Raffles City complex in Singapore and becoming fascinated by the dynamics of hotels and social spaces where people come to dine, celebrate, or be entertained. In 1986, he founded his own firm, Jeffrey Beers International (JBI).
Since then, the award-winning firm has been consistently recognized for its outstanding hospitality design as well as Jeffrey’s ability to unite artistry with business strategy to create highly successful spaces, from hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs to retail outlets, residences, and offices. JBI is the recipient of three Gold Key Awards for design excellence, Contract magazine’s Interior Design Award, Interior Design’s “Best of Year” Design Award, and in 2000 Jeffrey was inducted into Hospitality Design’s Platinum Circle.
Jennifer Costello, Executive Vice-President, has played a key role in the management of Jeffrey Beers International since 1997. With extensive experience in the hospitality industry and a lifelong passion for design, Jennifer works directly with clients to create viable roadmaps for transforming their projects into reality. During her time at JBI, Jennifer has overseen the exponential growth of the firm and also helped steer it through turbulent periods of the global economy. Today, JBI has evolved into a truly international studio, with projects in Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. Jennifer built the firm’s current studio system, and she currently directs all business and outreach efforts, including marketing, communications, and business development.
Edward “Teddy” Acero is a Senior Project Manager and LEED-certified licensed architect. Teddy graduated with highest honors with a Bachelors of Architecture from the Pratt Institute. Prior to joining Jeffrey Beers International in 2006, he was a Project Manager at the Rockwell Group, where he worked on a variety of hospitality and retail projects. Teddy also served as Design Manager for the Northeast region for Starbucks Coffee, designing and building over 65 stores in one year. As a project manager, Teddy oversees projects whose function is as meticulous as their form. Currently, he is managing the development and renovation of the historic Gloria Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro.
Masako Fukuoka, Interiors Director, holds a Bachelor of Interior Design degree from Parsons School of Design. Prior to joining the firm in 2001, Masako was a Senior Designer at Ian Schrager Hotels. There, she gained experience in hotel design from an owner’s perspective, understanding the operations, management, and day-to-day maintenance of the projects she helped to envision. During her 11 years with Jeffrey Beers International, Masako has led the interior design of many notable projects including Ono restaurant and the Plaza Food Hall in New York City. Masako’s current projects include the Parisian Resort in Macau, Todd English’s Olives at the Bahamas’ Atlantis, and the Ritz-Carlton in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Nora Kanter is a Studio Leader and Senior Designer who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Design degree from Tainan College in Taiwan. Nora’s experience ranges from large-scale retail environments to private residences and restaurants for Disney. Prior to joining Jeffrey Beers International in 2002, she was a Project Designer at the Rockwell Group. With a background in fine arts, Nora approaches her designs as she would an oil painting—thinking about the composition of a space and how it could look from many angles. Currently, she is working on the renovation of the historic Gloria Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, the Marriott hotel in South Beach, and Ritz Carlton hotel in Puerto Rico.
Michael Pandolfi is a Studio Leader and Senior Designer. A licensed architect, Michael holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology and brings over 20 years of professional experience to Jeffrey Beers International. In his 12 years at Jeffrey Beers International, Michael has worked on a number of iconic projects from Crush teen nightclub at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas to the LEED-certified Intercontinental Hotel in Times Square, His current projects include a Cordish sports complex in St. Louis, Center Bar at the Time Warner Center in New York, and the renovation of Urban Glass in Brooklyn.
The 40/40 Club by Jay-Z
Caribbean Property Group
China Grill Management
The Cordish Company
Daniel Boulud, Dinex Group
Disney Hotels & Resorts
Fogo de Chão Inc.
Four Seasons Hotel and Resort
Gaylord Entertainment Co.
Hard Rock Cafe and Hotels
InterContinental Hotel Group
Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts
Las Vegas Sands Group
La Salle Hotel Properties
London Clubs International
MGM Resorts International
Northwood Investors, LLC
Planet Hollywood Resorts
The Related Group
Saks Fifth Avenue
Starwood Hotels and Resorts
Tishman Hotel Group
Trump International Hotels
Wynn Las Vegas
Interior Design Best of Year Finalist, Restaurant-Fine Dining, Villard Michel Richard
Gold Key Winner, Best Nightclub/Lounge, Moon Club
FX Design Awards Shortlist, Best Retail Space, Pomme Palais
FX Design Awards Shortlist, Best Bar or Restaurant, Moon Club
Hospitality Design Awards Finalist, Moon Club
Boutique Design Award, Nightclub, The 40/40 Club
Hospitality Design Awards Finalist, The 40/40 Club
Interior Design Best of Year Finalist, The 40/40 Club
SARA National Design Award, The 40/40 Club
Gold Key Grand Prize, Toy
Interior Design Best of Year Finalist, Toy
SARA National Design Award, Toy
Gold Key Finalist for Restaurant-Casual Dining, The Plaza Food Hall Expansion
ENR Southeast, Best Restaurant Construction, Estiatorio Milos Miami
SARA National Design Award, Estiatorio Milos Miami
Contract Magazine Interiors Award, The Cove
Interior Design Best of Year: Public Space, The Cove
Gold Key Grand Prize for Lobby Reception, The Cove
Condé Nast Traveler Gold List, The Cove
Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards 100 Best in the World, The Cove
Club Systems International Magazine Interiors Award, Aura
Gold Key Grand Prize for Bar/Lounge, Seaglass Lounge
Miami New Times Best Restaurant Décor, China Grill Miami
Hospitality Design Platinum Circle, Lifetime Achievement Award (Jeffrey Beers)
Who’s Who in Interior Design, Barons International Edition (Jeffrey Beers)
Travel + Leisure “It List”, Fontainebleau
Condé Nast Traveler Hotel List, Fontainebleau
Miami Herald Readers’ Choice Award: Savviest Design, Fontainebleau
Hotel Chatter Awards: Best Hotel Renovation, Fontainebleau
Gold Key Award, Zoe