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Ms. Skaife

Jennifer Skaife

Design Director, DiLeonardo

As Design Director at DiLeonardo, Jennifer Skaife believes the process of reaching successful design solutions will be enriched by the participation of all DiLeonardo team members and encourages young talented designers to offer up ideas and concepts from the get go. Ms. Skaife studied Fine Art & Sculpture at Banbury School of Art, Oxfordshire, England and received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Three Dimensional Design/Interior Design from The City of Birmingham Polytechnic (now Birmingham Institute of Art & Design) in England. Ms. Skaife has also served as a guest critic at California State University Long Beach. One of the legacies of Ms. Skaife'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. She enjoys camping, backpacking, and ocean kayaking. Ms. Skaife also tries to spend at least one week a year on a silent meditation retreat. Ms. Skaife believes that the early involvement of all project design disciplines - in other words get as much information about the project up front from as many sources as possible - leads to greater innovation which ultimately leads to reaching exceptional design solutions. A strong design and aesthetic sensibility, supported by 'off the cuff' sketching skills, has enriched her process in successfully leading her design teams through challenging project demands from Concept through to Construction. There is rarely a day that valuable words and examples set by past mentors do not come to mind.

Ms. Skaife can be contacted at 401-732-2900 or jskaife@dileonardo.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.