Jeffrey Beers International

Announcement of Passing of Jeffrey Beers,

Founder and CEO of JBI


It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the passing of our Founder and CEO, Architect Jeffrey Beers, from a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 67. Jeffrey Beers International (JBI) mourns the loss of our visionary leader, mentor, and dear friend.

Speaking on behalf of the studio, newly appointed Partners Tim Rooney, Nora Liu-Kanter and Michael Pandolfi state, “During this difficult time, our priority remains supporting Jeffrey’s family and the JBI team as we navigate this loss. We ask for your understanding, patience, and privacy as we work through this period of grief and transition.”

Jeffrey passed away peacefully in the evening hours on Monday, March 18th. He was surrounded by his wife, Connie, and his two sons, Justin and Oliver. Details about his memorial and ways we all can honor his legacy will be available in the coming days. Jeffrey’s impact on our studio, the architectural industry, the hospitality design industry and countless communities around the world is immeasurable. His unwavering dedication to excellence, innovation, and integrity has shaped JBI into the renowned firm it is today. His creative genius and compassionate leadership have inspired all who had the privilege of working with him.

Jeffrey Beers (1956-2024)




Based in New York, but with global reach, Jeffrey Beers International is a full-service studio that specializes in architecture, design, and planning from hotel hospitality to resorts, from restaurants to residential. We pair the precision of architecture with the sensuality of form. We bring emotion to modernism.

You can see our signature style in resorts such as Fontainebleau Las Vegas, restaurants like Café Boulud New York, and residential developments like 108 in Leonard in Tribeca. Custom fixtures, sensitivity to the texture and color of materials, and elegant proportions define our work.

Our team is astute, skillful, and collaborative. We are passionate about what we do. Grounded in nearly forty years of experience, our designs balance discipline with spontaneity and blend Modernism with the warmth of artisanal techniques. This creative dialogue defines the ethos of JBI where we bring architecture and artistry together.

Michael Pandolfi


Michael Pandolfi, AIA


Partner and Architect Michael Pandolfi joined JBI in 2000 and his deliberate, precise, and thoughtful approach to design has been a significant asset in growing our hospitality and entertainment portfolios. He has been the lead on a number of our impressively large projects ranging from the 200,000 square foot vibrant entertainment center, Texas Live!, the dramatic Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, and most recently Sun Princess, Princess Cruise’s newest and largest ship ever built. From an intimate restaurant to a grand casino, Michael imbues our hospitality and entertainment work with our firm’s signature elegance and warmth.

Nora Liu-Kanter


Nora Liu-Kanter,


Partner Nora Liu-Kanter’s work marries technical precision and creative inspiration. Over 20 years, she has been a leading force behind JBI’s most iconic work, including the beloved and timeless luxury resort, The Cove at Atlantis Bahamas; the studio’s first residential tower, One West End in New York; and most recently BONDST Hudson Yards restaurant. Nora has completed dozens of projects during her time at JBI, leading countless teams, and helping grow the next generation of designers for the industry. A talented ceramicist with a background in Fine Arts, Nora exemplifies our studio’s creativity and diversity across experiences, skillsets, and viewpoints.

Tim Rooney


Tim Rooney,


Partner Tim Rooney is a focused leader and gifted communicator, whose balanced approach to client relationships has helped grow JBI’s luxury residential, commercial and mixed-use portfolios over the past 20 years. His leadership was instrumental for the planning and design of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation multiple award-winning offices, subtly balanced our design spirit with Boston’s culture for the $950 million development Echelon Seaport, and oversaw the $1.6 billion Atlantis Sanya in Hainan, China with 2.55 million square-feet spread across 153 acres. Most recently completed a 22,000 square-foot residential estate for one of our private VIP clients, Tim carries the warmth and collaborative spirit that embodies our firm’s ethos.

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.

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.

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.

Dionysios Kaltis

Associate Principal

Dionysios Kaltis,

Associate Principal

Dionysios Kaltis is an Associate Principal at JBI. He brings a multidisciplinary approach to design having received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the prestigious University of Chicago and having worked as a research assistant for the International Monetary Fund, prior to following his true passion and studying architecture at Columbia University.

With over 10 years of experience in hospitality, Dionysios has worked alongside renowned chefs, such as Jose Andres and Danny Meyer. His work has left an indelible mark on the New York City scene, including the stunning Amtrak waiting area of the Moynihan train station. From chic and stylish Zaytinya in Nomad to trendy Daily Provisions in the West Village, Dionysios’ designs exude an air of sophistication and class.

Dionysios’ design philosophy is simple: create spaces that are both functional and stunningly beautiful. He approaches each project with an unwavering commitment to excellence, working closely with clients and colleagues to ensure that every detail is perfect. His passion for innovation and his attention to detail have made him an invaluable member of the Jeffrey Beers International team.

Keiko Matsumoto

Associate Principal

Keiko Matsumoto,

Associate Principal

Keiko Matsumoto has joined JBI to execute and develop design strategies, build new relationships with clients, and help lead teams as well as mentor the next generation of JBI’s design talent. She has extensive experience in luxury hospitality and has worked closely with high-end developers and operators on both domestic and international projects. She is currently leading several exciting projects at JBI and counts the Ritz Carlton properties as her favorite.

Keiko was born and raised in Yokohama, Japan, and holds a Master’s degree in Architecture. She has lived in NYC for more than 18 years and proudly qualifies as a true New Yorker.

Jodel Narcisse

Senior Associate

Jodel Narcisse,

Senior Associate

Jodel brings 23 years of experience to JBI as an architect and senior project manager having received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Miami. Prior to joining JBI, Jodel spent years with Rockwell Group and Tsao McKown where he completed entertainment and hospitality projects around the world.

For JBI, Jodel has been an instrumental team member in some of the firm’s largest and most complex projects managing CAD deliverables and coordination among large teams of consultants.

Recent projects include Hard Rock Atlantic City, INSPIRE entertainment resort in South Korea, and a 1.5 billion dollar cruise ship for a prominent entertainment company.

Marek Kusio

Senior Associate, Visualization

Marek Kusio,

Senior Associate, Visualization

Marek Kusio is a Senior Associate and CGI Artist at JBI. He specializes in visualizations and has an extensive track record of successfully executing projects from Atlantis Sanya to Hard Rock Atlantic City and Fontainebleau Las Vegas.

Marek has always been passionate about the creative industry, having grown up with a love for film and art. Throughout his career, he has studied different forms of visionary expression and has embraced the idea that inspiration can be found everywhere. He constantly seeks innovative ways to share his creative passions and technical knowledge with professionals across the studio.

Marek is a native of Poland, where he was trained in art and architecture and has over 20 years of professional experience working in the United States and Europe. Before joining JBI, he worked with Rockwell Group. In his free time, Marek dedicates himself to his passion for sculpture.

Aijun Wu


Aijun Wu,


With over 15 years of experience in hospitality, luxury retail, and high-end residential, Aijun brings her incredible design talents to JBI’s portfolio of luxury and high-end projects. 277 Fifth Avenue, a handsome 55-story residential tower designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, demonstrates Aijun’s skill at balancing functionality with detail. Currently she is overseeing the renovation of Pier Sixty-Six, the iconic property in Ft Lauderdale now owned and managed by Tavistock Development Company. The 32-acre property will feature enhanced programming to include a new signature restaurant overlooking the water, an expanded fitness center, additional event and ballroom spaces including a rooftop lawn, and two-tier pool deck with separate adult-only and family-friendly pools. Prior to joining JBI, Aijun had worked with notable design firms and luxury retail brand Tiffany & Co., working on projects such as the Waldorf Astoria New York, The Lotte New York Palace and multiple flagship Tiffany & Co locations in Central America.

Victoria Hood

Communications Director

Victoria Hood,

Communications Director

Victoria Hood oversees all outward-facing communications on behalf of the studio, including public relations, social media, award submissions, collaborations, and events.  She holds a Master’s degree in Communications and has over a decade of international experience in Europe, Asia and North America, undertaking assignments for a variety of hospitality, food & wine, and home décor companies.  Victoria has launched several prestigious JBI projects and counts Roc Nation as her most memorable.

Born in London and raised between Europe, New York and Sao Paulo, Victoria is proud of her nuanced international understanding which helps her promote JBI’s global work.  She is an avid chef and loves spending time with her dog Otis, who is a regular visitor at JBI’s office.

Jenna Markowitz

Studio Manager

Jenna Markowitz,

Studio Manager

Jenna Markowitz joined Jeffrey Beers International in 2015.  After graduating Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, she spent several years working for the Westchester County Government before entering the world of interior design. Jenna manages the day-to-day administrative operations of the studio, fosters company culture, and curates a hospitable environment for designers, clients, and our many visitors. Jenna enjoys the fast-paced nature of the studio, working with creative individuals, and although has no prior design experience, has gained an appreciation for how space shapes experience and, hopefully, some design savvy by osmosis!

Born and raised outside New York City where she still resides, Jenna is an avid runner, world traveler, and always has a book recommendation on hand.


Interior Design’s NYCxDesign Awards 2024, Shortlisted, Residential Lobby/Amenity Space, 108 Leonard

Interior Design’s NYCxDesign Awards 2024, Shortlisted, Fine Dining Restaurant, BondSt Hudson Yards

The International Hotel & Property Awards 2024, Shortlisted, Hotel Over 200 Rooms – Global Award, Omni PGA Frisco Resort

The International Hotel & Property Awards 2024, Shortlisted, Hotel – Americas Award, Hilton Columbus Downtown

The International Hotel & Property Awards 2024, Shortlisted,  Restaurant within a Hotel – Global Award, Peter Luger Las Vegas

2023 OPAL Awards, Winner, Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, Interior Design, Restaurant, Bar, and Venue

Interior Design’s BOY Awards 2023, Shortlisted, US Bank Tower, Large Commercial Lobby + Amenity Space

INT Interior Design Awards 2023, Winner, US Bank Tower, Commercial – Spaces – Lobby

INT Interior Design Awards 2023, Winner, Omni PGA Frisco, Commercial – Hospitality – Spa & Wellness

INT Interior Design Awards 2023, Winner, Omni PGA Frisco, Commercial – Hospitality – Conference & Convention Centres

INT Interior Design Awards 2023, Winner, La Mar Dubai, Commercial – Hospitality – Restaurant / Restaurant

INT Interior Design Awards 2023, Winner, Hard Rock Hotel New York,  Commercial – Hospitality – Hotels

BLT Built Design Awards 2023, Winner, La Mar Dubai, Interior Design – Hospitality: Bar and Restaurant

WIN Awards 2023, Shortlisted, U.S. Bank Tower, Workspace Interiors: Communal Areas

FX Design Awards 2023, Shortlisted, U.S. Bank Tower, Public Space Schemes

SBID International Design Awards 2023, Shortlisted, Fairmont Banff Springs, Hotel Bedroom & Suite

AHEAD Americas Awards 2023, Shortlisted, Event Spaces, Omni PGA Frisco Resort

The International Hotel & Property Awards 2023, Shortlisted, Hotel Suite – Global, Fairmont Banff Springs

The International Hotel & Property Awards 2023, Shortlisted, Hotel Over 200 Rooms – Global, Hard Rock Hotel New York

The Downtown Commission of Columbus, Ohio’s 2022 Harrison Smith Award, Hilton Columbus Downtown

Interior Design’s BOY Awards 2022, Shortlisted, Ajiro Burst of Happiness, Wallcovering

Built Design Awards 2022, EchelonSeaport, Honorable Mention in Interior Design / Residential

Built Design Awards 2022, La Central, Honorable Mention in Interior Design / Hospitality: Bar and Restaurant

The Plan Awards 2022, EchelonSeaport, Finalist, Interiors

SBID International Design Awards 2022, Shortlisted, Hard Rock New York’s Rockstar Suite, Hotel Bedroom & Suite

SBID International Design Awards 2022, Shortlisted, EchelonSeaport, Show Flats & Developments

SBID International Design Awards 2022, Shortlisted, The Newbury Boston, Hotel Public Spaces

Interior Design’s NYCxDesign Awards 2022, Shortlisted, Ajiro Burst of Happiness, Wallcovering

2021 OPAL Awards, Winner, Roc Nation, Interior Design / Office / Work Environment

World Design Awards 2021, Winner, Roc Nation, Offices

Interior Design’s NYCxDesign Awards 2021, Winner, Roc Nation, Creative Offices

Interior Design’s 2021 Best of Year Awards, Finalist, The Alyx at EchelonSeaport, Domestic Residential Lobby + Amenity Space

Boutique Design’s  2021 Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design, Shortlisted, The Newbury Boston, Best Lobby Luxury

Boutique Design’s  2021 Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design, Shortlisted, La Central By Mario Pagán, Best Restaurant Casual Dining

FX Magazine’s 2021 FX Awards, Shortlisted, The Alyx at EchelonSeaport, Build to Rent/Private Rental Sector

FX Magazine’s 2021 FX Awards, Shortlisted, EchelonSeaport, Global Project

SBID International Design Awards 2021, Shortlisted, Roc Nation, Corporate Offices

SBID International Design Awards 2021, Shortlisted, Private Villa in Jedah, CGI & Visualization

Interior Design’s Best of Year Awards 2020, Shortlisted, Roc Nation, Creative Offices

SBID International Design Awards 2020, Finalist, 277 Fifth Avenue, Show Flats & Developments

SBID International Design Awards 2020, Finalist, Silver Lining Diner, Restaurant Design

Dezeen Awards 2020, Longlisted, Capiz Lounge

WIN Awards 2020, Shortlisted, Capiz Lounge, Bars & Clubs

Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2020, Shortlisted, Capiz Lounge, Americas Bars

Interior Design’s NYCxDesign Awards 2020, Shortlisted, 277 Fifth Avenue, Best Multi-Unit Residential Tower

AHEAD Americas Awards 2020, Shortlisted, Manhattan Sky Suite at Park Hyatt New York, Best Suite

The Nationals Awards 2020, Gold, 108 Leonard, Best Interiors of a Custom Home

The International Luxury Hotel Creative Design Awards 2019, Atlantis Sanya, Winner

The 9th International Space Design Awards, Winner, Atlantis Sanya, Hotel Design Excellence

SBID International Design Awards 2019, Finalist, 108 Leonard, Show Flats & Developments

SBID International Design Awards 2019, Finalist, Atlantis Sanya, Hotel Bedroom & Suite

Annual Prism Awards 2019, Silver, EchelonSeaport, Best Showroom & Sales Center

ENR Southwest 2019 Best Project, Award of Merit, Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen, Small Project

Interior Design’s Best of Year Awards 2019, Shortlisted, The Immersion Collection with AKDO, Best Tile Collection

Interior Design’s NYCxDesign Awards 2019, Shortlisted, 108 Leonard Best Sales Center