Head of Hospitality and Interior Design | Jestico + Whiles
James leads the highly respected hospitality and interior design studio at Jestico + Whiles with particular expertise in the design of hotels, as well as restaurants, clubs, specialist retail and cinemas. He has amassed over 20 years of experience in this sector working under appointment as either architect or interior designer and, very unusually, under combined appointments to provide a comprehensive service such as the remarkable W Edinburgh, currently in design.
James is also currently leading the Jestico + Whiles teams on hotel projects both in the UK and internationally including Malta, Marrakesh, Berlin, Amsterdam and Tbilisi.
From his first hotel project, the renowned One Aldwych, one of London’s first boutique hotels, to the mountain top Villa Honegg in Switzerland, James has specialised in projects for independent operators. He has also worked closely with operators including Starwood, Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Intercontinental and Vienna House on special projects including W London and the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
As a respected world expert in his field, James lectures internationally on hotel design and is regularly invited to judge awards including the European Hotel Design Awards, European Hospitality Awards, FX International Design Awards and the World Interior News Awards.