Immerse in the World of Interior Design at DiLeonardo

Studio 2 Studio 7

Some may perceive Interior Design as just choosing furniture pieces, paint swatches and art work…but that is only a small fraction of what we actually do. We invite you to immerse yourselves in a Designer’s world! A studio tour with Partner, Giana DiLeonardo will kick off the event - introducing DiLeonardo and providing a glimpse into our collaborative environment and how we delve into projects, our inspirations and how we design award-winning hotels and resorts around the world. Design Director, Jennifer Skaife will uncover the process of one of our most exciting completed projects – presenting the details and the immense creativity involved in designing a Polynesian-themed resort. Next, we’ll step into the gallery where you’ll taste flavors from each of our global office locations, while interacting with our Lead Designers for the final presentation!

These events are being recorded and photographed. By attending, you give your consent to be photographed, filmed, taped, and/or recorded.


Giana DiLeonardo

DiLeonardo International - Partner

Giana has a passion to uphold the culture of DiLeonardo. She believes that the blend of personalities, talents and global diversity in the studio coupled with the “family” environment is essential to the success of a project. The company culture is what creates great synergy among the teams that ultimately creates excellence in design.

Amongst being Partner, Giana is a principal designer on both Domestic and International projects with over a decade of industry experience. Her exposure to the design industry, combined with her managerial talents, has pushed her to the forefront of our internal workings here at DiLeonardo. DiLeonardo provides 24 hour service to our clients around the globe and Giana facilitates this process both in and out of the office. Giana received her education at the University of Miami (FL, USA) and the University of Rhode Island. She is an active member of the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH) and is a LEED Green Associate.

Giana loves to cook and entertain. Her time away from the office is spent with her four daughters, husband and dog. She looks forward to the Fall because she has a secret passion for American Football.

Billie Kiernan

DiLeonardo International - Lead Designer

Billie believes that good design isn’t just something you see, it’s an experience; a feeling. She draws inspiration from all of her surroundings, including the people, creativity and positivity she encounters in her daily life. Likewise, she tries to inspire and support the people around her in return.

“I love dimension lines!”

As a Senior Designer for DiLeonardo, Billie 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. Billie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Billie grew up in a really big Brady Bunch style family. Their ages span from the oldest 65 to 23. There are 11 girls and only one boy. Her dad really thought she was going to be a boy and was going to be named William after her grandfather…hence her name.

Emily Totten

DiLeonardo International - Designer

Emily believes firmly in the importance of context and culture in design. She is dedicated to both innovation and practicality throughout her work.

“To create, one must first

question everything.”

- Eileen Gray

As Project Coordinator, Emily performs a wide variety of tasks to support her team through all phases of the design process. She works with various software programs such as AutoCAD, Revit, InDesign, Photoshop, Specsources, and coordinates with both sales reps and team members nationally and internationally.

Emily holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Architecture from Roger Williams University with minors in Anthropology / Sociology, Art and Architectural History. Emily was a part of the Honor’s Program at RWU as well as the architectural honor’s society, Tau Sigma Delta.

Emily’s favorite pastimes include practicing ballroom dancing and riding thrilling rollercoasters!

Jennifer Skaife

DiLeonardo International - Studio & Design Director

Jennifer studied Fine Art & Sculpture at Banbury School of Art, Oxfordshire, England and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Three Dimensional Design/Interior Design from The City of Birmingham Polytechnic (now Birmingham Institute of Art & Design) in England. She has also served as a guest critic at California State University Long Beach and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Jennifer believes the process of reaching successful design solutions will be enriched by participation of all team members and encourages young talented designers to offer up ideas from the get go. As Design Director at DiLeonardo, Jennifer is responsible for leading all phases of the design process, leading various project teams, leading extensive client interaction, contributing to the development of the studio’s design vision as well as inspiring and mentoring young and mid level designers.

One of the legacies of Jennifer’s childhood in the Scottish Highlands is a deep love of wilderness and open spaces. She holds a Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification and when not working she likes to be outdoors with her dogs, camping, backpacking, or ocean kayaking. Jennifer also tries to spend at least one week a year on silent meditation retreat.

Jordan Batty

DiLeonardo International - Lead Designer

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 Lead 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 Master’s 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.

Outside of the office she is a dedicated fitness enthusiast!

Xiaoxu Liu

DiLeonardo International - Lead Designer

Xiaoxu believes that an outstanding environmental design could improve work efficiency, help people with social communication and even aid 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 Designer / Project Coordinator, Xiaoxu is responsible for working in close coordination with the lead designer to facilitate all aspects of the design process, from concept to construction administration. This includes creating a strong foundation by coordinating correspondence between all team members, assisting in drawing production and bringing her understanding of both design and digital language to her team.

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.

After hours, you can find Xiaoxu playing video games with friends, going to theme parks to experience thrilling roller coasters or watching the latest horror movie.