Head of Interior Design/Hospitality, Jestico + Whiles
James Dilley heads up the hotel, hospitality and interior design teams at award-winning architecture and interiors practice Jestico + Whiles.
Working internationally with prestigious independent and private developers and clients including Hilton, Starwood, Marriott and InterContinental, James has delivered a diverse range of high-profile projects including the vibrant W London on Leicester square, the exclusive Villa Honegg, a privately-owned mountain top retreat in Switzerland, the ‘ultraluxe’ Yas Hotel on the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix racetrack and most recently the first European Hard Rock Hotel in Ibiza. James is currently working on projects in West Africa, Australia and Russia.
Beyond his hotel work, James’ portfolio includes the aqua shard restaurant in the iconic London skyscraper, the new Alston Bar & Beef restaurant located in the atmospheric catacombs beneath Glasgow’s Central Station, and the Playboy Club in London.
The studio has won numerous awards, including the European Hotel Design Award, BD Interior Designer of the Year Award and FX International Design Awards. W London won the MIPIM Award ‘Special tribute to UK Country of Honour’, which followed the award of the same prize for Andel’s Lodz (Poland) in the previous year.
James lectures internationally on hotel design and has judged the European Hotel Design Awards, European Hospitality Awards, FX International Design Awards and the World Interior News Awards.