Jeffrey Beers International

Jeffrey Beers

Founder & CEO

Jeffrey Beers, AIA

Founder & CEO

Jeffrey Beers is an architect, a designer, and an artist whose distinctive work brings emotion to modernism.  He studied architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design while learning glassblowing from the renowned artist Dale Chihuly.

He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and traveled to Brazil to study with the legendary Oscar Niemeyer. When he returned to New York he went to work for I.M. Pei. These masters define his vision: the dynamic use of space, subtle materiality, and tailored elegance.

In 1986 he established Jeffrey Beers International bringing his signature sensibility to some of New York’s most vibrant restaurants. He quickly expanded into hotels, resorts, and residences.

When he’s not brainstorming design ideas with his studio, you can find Jeffrey sculpting with molten glass, sailing off the coast of the Atlantic, or cooking a meal for family and friends.

Julia Choi

Chief Operating Officer

Julia Choi,

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Julia Choi oversees all of JBI’s business operations and strategy implementation. Julia has over 20 years of experience in the A&D industry, working with world renowned architects such as Peter Eisenman and Diller, Scofidio & Renfro before moving into the hospitality field with industry giants such as Rockwell Group, having previously served as Managing Director of Roman & Williams, and Director of Operations at Wilson Associates overseeing multiple offices. Julia studied architecture at the prestigious The Cooper Union and holds a Bachelors of Architecture degree.

On her rare days off, Julia flies single engine planes to see the world from a different perspective.

Jeffrey Ashey

Chief Financial Officer

Jeffrey Ashey,

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO Jeff oversees all financial aspects of JBI. He has over 30 years of experience in the A&D field most recently having worked with Champalimaud Design and Rockwell Group.

Jeff studied both Fine Art and Finance and maintains creative practices as a musician and photographer. Jeff worked as a fine art conservation framer in the 1980’s, did retouching for the Diane Arbus estate, worked on Andy Warhol’s last show, and loved handling works from Davinci to De Kooning. A devoted dog rescuer he has adopted 7 dogs to date, many were senior and abused rescues.

Born in NJ he spent 18 years in Hoboken, NJ before moving to the Hudson Valley in 2004.

John Henderson

Principal, Managing Director

John Henderson, RA

Principal, Managing Director

As Executive Director, John joined Jeffrey Beers International with an impressive background of design leadership spanning more than 30 years. He is an award-winning architect and design director with expertise in high-profile hospitality, residential, corporate, institutional, and commercial fields. Most recently, John held the position of Managing Director at Morris Adjmi Architects, where he successfully expanded the firm’s interior design practice. He also served as the Director of Interiors at SHoP, Studio Director at Clodagh, and Associate Principal at Studios Architecture in New York. John holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and is a registered architect in New York State.

Nora Kanter

Principal

Nora Kanter,

Principal

Principal & Design Director Nora Kanter’s work marries technical precision and creative inspiration. Nora Kanter 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.

Prior to joining Jeffrey Beers International in 2002, she was a Project Designer at the Rockwell Group. Some of Nora’s notable projects include The Plaza Food Hall in New York, The Cove at Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas, Vida restaurant at the Fontainebleau in Miami, restaurants for Daniel Boulud, the high-end residential tower One57 in New York, One&Only resorts in Palmilla and The Bahamas, and Atlantis Sanya in China. Currently, she is working on the Boston Seaport commercial and residential development, a yacht club resort in Florida, and a One&Only resort in Costa Rica.

Teddy Acero

Associate Principal

Teddy Acero,

Associate Principal

Edward “Teddy” Acero, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, graduated with Highest Honors from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture.  Upon earning his architectural license, he then worked at Rockwell Group for 10 years before joining JBI in 2006.  He also worked briefly as a Design Manager for Starbucks and as a Project Manager with Cooper Carry in building several cafés for Google’s new NY headquarters.

With hospitality design fully ingrained in his blood and a self-proclaimed comic book/animation geek, Teddy feels very fortunate to have been able to design and manage high profile projects both local and abroad that have given joy to lots of people.  From restaurants with famous chefs like Geoffrey Zacharian, Lidia Bastianich, Daniel Boulud, and Lydia Shire; cruise ships with Carnival, Costa, Disney and Princess Cruises; to hotels with Kerzner, Disney, Marriot, Hyatt and Hilton, Teddy loves collaborating with clients, colleagues and consultants seeing these projects come to fruition and having fun doing it.

Tim Rooney

Principal

Tim Rooney,

Principal

The ever-effervescent Tim is known for overseeing several JBI’s iconic projects from the Fontainebleau Miami Beach to Roc Nation and to The Newbury Boston. He is also one of the studio’s role models offering unwavering support and mentorship to maturing designers.

With a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit, Tim brings a meticulous eye to every stage of his projects that range from hospitality, to residential, and corporate. Clients admire him not only for his work ethic, but also for his positive nature and enthusiasm.

When not in the office or flying internationally to oversee project across the Caribbean, Middle East and Asia, Tim can be found on regular “foodie crawls” exploring restaurants around the Five Boroughs.   He owes this culinary prowess to being a line cook in his formative years—a worthy first career for a hospitality designer!

Michael Pandolfi

Principal

Michael Pandolfi, AIA

Principal

Michael Pandolfi, Design Director and Principal, earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the New York Institute of Technology and brings over 25 years of professional experience to Jeffrey Beers International.

Since joining JBI in 2000, Michael has worked on a range of projects including the LEED-certified InterContinental Hotel in Times Square, Platos Lounge at Atlantis Paradise Island in The Bahamas, Waterside District in Virginia, Marriott Renaissance Hotel in New York, Gotham Market at The Ashland in Brooklyn, Firepoint Grill in Pennsylvania, Texas Live! in Dallas, and Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen in Las Vegas. Current projects include several restaurant concepts for Princess Cruises and Omni hotels.

Hee Seung Lee

Associate Principal

Hee Seung Lee, AIA, NCARB

Associate Principal

Hee Seung Lee AIA NCARB, is a Senior Project Manager and Architectural Designer, who holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute School of Architecture. With over 20 years of professional experience, Hee Seung has worked with notable design firms including Champalimaud Design and Tihany Design. Prior to joining Jeffrey Beers International, Hee Seung oversaw the interior design development and construction of Four Seasons Jakarta hotel project in Indonesia which opened in 2016. Other notable hospitality projects in his experience include Hotel Bel-Air, Waldorf Astoria New York, and Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.

At JBI, Hee Seung led award winning projects such as 277 Fifth Avenue, a high-end residential tower in Manhattan designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, and Sequoia Washington DC, an American cuisine restaurant w/ site-specific collaborative art installations. His latest project under construction is a large-scale integrated entertainment resort complex in Incheon, South Korea.

Nikoletta Stagias

Associate Principal

Nikoletta Stagias, AIA

Associate Principal

Nikoletta Stagias AIA, Interior Design Associate, received her Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and her Master of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining JBI, Nikoletta worked as Project Manager and Interiors Associate for Stonehill Taylor in New York. Notable projects include Raffles Boston, InterContinental Barclay Hotel New York, Park Terrace Bryant Park and Nomad Hotel (NYC). While at JBI, she led the design of projects for Hilton and Omni Hotels.