Jennifer Di Leonardi

Jennifer Di Leonardi

New York, NY, US



Possessing 18 years of cross-disciplinary experience in the Architecture and Interior Design fields; work­ing on a diverse array of Projects ranging from: GUCCI’s Flagship Store Design Standards, the Bloomberg Foundation, Private Luxury Residences (inception to turn-key), winning a LEED Platinum Nature Conserva­tory Center in Washington DC, Space Planning a Historic French Parliament Building to become the Waldorf Astoria in Paris, Hotel Design, Product Design and Re-Branding Directives. Jennifer provides Clients with well-conceived projects, which achieve the highest level of design for the budget/time-line. She consistently delivers personalized environments that have room to evolve and adapt to a changing Lifestyle, or the contemporary needs of a Commercial Brand.


Cinema Vitae - Design Studio, New York, NY, US, Founder

‘Cinema Vitae’ was formed in 2017 as a multi-disciplinary & multi-sensory Creative Agency that focuses on Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design and the Art of ‘Memory Making’ for Clients in Fashion, Retail, Hospitality, Food & Beverage with a focus on Brand Partnerships and Brand Strategy. Jennifer’s diverse background in combining Design with Business strategies looks for projects that require expertise in this subject matter and the potential of cross-pollination between Creative Professionals to develop an exceptional Product, Project or Brand.

Apr 2017 - current

Ralph Lauren Corporation, New York, NY, US, Head of Global Store Design, Partnerships & Home Products

Directs an In-House Store Design Team of Architects, Engineers, Art Curators and Interi­or Designers to ensure that the Club Monaco Design Concept is maintained from incep­tion through execution. Projects include all details in regards to the physical Shopping Experience & PR/Marketing Events worldwide; as well as conceptualizing the user experience on-line with the web development team (Lead by Laura Porco from Amazon) and the Saturday Group for the new Website platform to mimic the experiences found within our store environment for on-line Customers.

Curated and Oversaw the Development of a Private Label Home-goods Collection for Club Monaco in partnership with ABC Home and with independent Furniture Makers and Decor Brands that typically work only with the Interior Design Trade. Managed relationships with Vendors and Artisans from initial conversations, through installation & deliveries.

Brand Partnership Strategy and Management, soliciting small ‘Boutique Brands’ to join Club Monaco as a Third Party Operator in Flag­ship Stores such as: Putnam & Putnam, Rizzoli Booksellers, Sqirl, Goop, Milk Bar/Mo­mofuku, Mario Battali, Hugh Achenson, Toby’s Estate, the Strand, Coqui Coqui (Mexico) and Sant’ Ambroues.

Provides ‘Creative Direction’ for New York Fashion Week Presentations. Initiates Design Concepts and Project Manages all Internal Teams and Consultants from Design Concept through Execution.

Initiates Concept Narratives, Space Planning and Bespoke Materials/Designs for all Flagship and Pop-Up Stores. Leads Design Reviews and Approval Process with CEO. Participates in Ralph Lauren Real Estate evaluations and selections for future locations for Club Monaco’s Global expansion plan.

Advises on Yearly Capital Budgets with VP of Finance and oversees that Construction and FF&E Budgets are maintained with each Project Team. Oversaw the design and execution of + 200 new doors (includes SIS for Galleries Lafayette, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Shinse­gae, Lotte, Ilium) to the Club Monaco brand in 2012.

Jan 2011 - Apr 2017

Thom Filicia Inc., New York, NY, US, Design Director - Residential & Hospitality

Directed multiple Interior Design Teams and Consultants on current Studio Projects for
Celebrity Interior Design­er, Thom Filicia while he was filming his television series in Los Angeles.

Notable Projects:

Thom Filicia’s Lake House- 7,000 sf (Upstate New York); Ski House for Major League Pitcher - 10,000 sf (Vail, Colorado); Pre-War Apartment for Emmy Award Winning Actress/Writer - 6, 500 sf (NYC); Penthouse Apartment for Female Golf Pro- 5,000 sf (NYC); Weekend Estate- 14,000 sf (Greenwich, CT); Colgate Inn Branding & Renovation-40,000 sf (Hamilton, NY); Furniture, Lighting, Fabric and Product Line Development for Thom Filicia Inc.

Aug 2008 - Jan 2011

Clodagh Design, New York, NY, US, Design Director - Hospitality & Branding

Having acquired a breadth of Commercial Architecture and Branding experience at design firm ‘STUDIOS’ Architecture, Clodagh solicited Jennifer to bring in large commercial projects, specifically Hotel Design & Branding Initiatives. Immediately following her first Starwood Project in a Historic 1930’s Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico; the Studio received numerous RFPs from Hilton, Kitt Kemp, Conde Nast, Candela, Relat­ed and more for more Hotel, Retail and Spa Designs.

Notable Projects:

Starwood W Hotel, +1M sf (Fort Lauderdale, FL); Starwood Hotel, 500, 000 sf (San Juan, PR); Conde Nast - Allure Magazine Virtual Store Design (On-Line Shopping Concept); Candela Hotels & Resorts with Olsen/Kundig Architects (Seattle, WA); Hilton Hotel Re-Branding of the Conrad and Quinn Hotels; Conrad Hotel Competition (Berlin, Germany); Gerber Group Bars/Clubs in connection with W Hotels.

May 2006 - May 2008

STUDIOS Architecture, New York, NY, US, Project Architect - Commercial Architecture, Planning & Hospitality

Working for International Architecture firm STUDIOS was the foundation of Jennifer’s professional experience, working with well-established Commercial Brands and Clients to create innovative environments through Strategy & Programming initiatives for Government Build­ings, Private Offices, Retail Stores and Hotels.

Notable Projects:

GUCCI Store Design Standards - Worldwide; GUCCI Concept Store (Rome, Italy); Waldorf Astoria (Paris, France) - Lenders Package Presentation & Space Planning; Bloomberg Foundation BIM Modeling of Public Areas - 20,000 sf (New York City); Yahoo Corporate Offices - IAC - Rhino Modeling/Coordination of Public Areas in col­laboration with Frank Gehry Partners (NYC); 1110 Vermont - Interactive Facade, Lobby & Landscape Design in collaboration with Howeler+Yoon (Washington DC); Kingman Island Nature Center LEED Platinum Competition Winner (Washington DC); Pentagon Renovation Standards, Strategies & Procedures (Washington DC); Goldman Sachs Corporate Offices (Washington DC); Venable Law-firm Corporate Offices (Washington DC); Oxford University Press- Corporate Offices (NYC); Hearst Private Office Design for Oprah Winfrey (NYC); Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Office & Private Office and Terrace Design for Rupert Murdoch (NYC); Sweetgreen Concept Store & Standard Store Design (Georgetown, Washington DC)

Aug 2001 - Mar 2006

FUSEBOX Art Gallery, Washington DC, Assistant to Curator & Web Design

While working as a Junior Architect, Jennifer volunteered to assist Curator Sarah Finlay on managing and updating her gallery ‘FUSEBOX’ by overseeing the website, creating collateral as well as installing and uninstalling the monthly exhibits at the gallery. FUSEBOX was a beacon for the vibrant Art Culture in Washington DC that sparked the gentrification of 14th Street, which was a seedy area of town and is now a vibrant community for ‘Creatives’.

This Contemporary Art Gallery taught Jennifer the power of editing and curation, by partnering with Artists working in Painting, Sculpture, Video, Performance, New Media and introduced her to young Artists whom split their time between DC and NYC such as: Siemon Allen, Jessica Buege, Kendall Buster, Joseph Dumbacher, John Dumbacher, Jason Falchook, Jason Gubbiotti, James Huckenpahler, Kris Lee, Sylvan Lionni, Vesna Pavlovic, Gary Petersen, Jason Phillips, W. C. Richardson, Susan Smith-Pinello,Valeska Soares, Vincent Szarek, Marisa Telleria-Diez, Ian Whitmore, Patrick Wilson.

May 2003 - Mar 2005


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Thesis: ‘Landscapes of Displacement: Acqua Alta & La Serenissima’ (in conjunction with Universita luav di Venezia & MOSE)

Rome Program - Architecture Study & Italian Cinema

Summer Program ‘On the Water’s Edge’
Documenting the Architecture of Portugal, Spain & France

Aug 1996 - May 2001


Grand Prize - Unbuilt Awards, 1st Place

Kingman Island Environmental Education Center
Competition Winner


Areas of Specialization