FIRM BACKGROUND

BG Studio International is a boutique hospitality design firm specializing in large-scale hospitality and multifamily projects.

The firm was created in 2002, out of a desire to incorporate diverse cultural influences with the best practices of design and construction from across the globe.

Based in New York City, the firm designs and manages luxury hospitality projects throughout North America and Europe. The firm’s international background and education shape the design approach while the competitive edge comes from the broad design innovative mindset. BG Studio’s projects are praised for their strong architectural details, clever layering of classical and modern styles, the flow of the spaces and their sense of whimsy.

Award winning BG Studio International has been recognized in the Top 80 Hotel Design Firms in Lodging Hospitality and ranked no. 72 in Hospitality Giants in Interior Design Magazine. The firm’s work has been published in prestigious design magazines such as New York Times Magazine, Hospitality Design, World Cruises, Multi-Housing Magazine, Haute Living Design, Perspectives Magazine and Boutique Design.

FRANCESCA BUCCI, AIA ASSOC., SBID HON

PRESIDENT

A native of Italy, Francesca is an architect who has lived and worked in Rome, Italy; New York, New York; Washington, D.C. and Paris, France. Her broad international experience inspires her Hospitality portfolio and made her develop a complete understanding of how design and construction disciplines work in other parts of the world. Fluent in Italian, French, and English, Francesca is a skilled communicator and a powerful source of ideas. Her knowledge of global architectural and design practices, her talent for diplomacy, and her ability to build collaboration and inspire Clients are invaluable assets on every project. Previously Francesca worked at Peter Marino, Perkins and Will, Polshek and Partners and Birch Coffey Design.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Institute of Architects
Professional Women in Construction
Society of British Interior Design
Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)

PUBLICATIONS

Hospitality Design Magazine
Cruse and Ferry Interiors
Crain’s Magazine
Haute Living Magazine
Perspective New York

MICHAEL LEBLANC

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

Michael brings a wealth of technical knowledge and architectural/interior design experience to BG Studio. He manages complex projects, leads his design team and represents the sole understanding of BG Studio to respected clients. With 30 years of design experience, Michael has an extensive background in architecture and an intimate knowledge of interior design details in hospitality, retail, commercial and residential projects. A Boston native, Michael has worked with a host of New York and New Jersey architectural/interior design firms such as SOSH Architects and Norwood Oliver Design Associates. He has worked on projects such as casinos, hotels, restaurants, bars, public areas, schools and municipal buildings around the world. Michael is currently presiding over an array of projects for BG Studio, working closely with clients such as Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises. Also a series of land based projects with UDR, Roseland Properties, and Haikimian Group.

  

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Institute of Architects
International Interior Design Association

PUBLICATIONS

Architectural Records
Hospitality Design Magazine

MICHAEL LEBLANC

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

Michael brings a wealth of technical knowledge and architectural/interior design experience to BG Studio. He manages complex projects, leads his design team and represents the sole understanding of BG Studio to respected clients. With 30 years of design experience, Michael has an extensive background in architecture and an intimate knowledge of interior design details in hospitality, retail, commercial and residential projects. A Boston native, Michael has worked with a host of New York and New Jersey architectural/interior design firms such as SOSH Architects and Norwood Oliver Design Associates. He has worked on projects such as casinos, hotels, restaurants, bars, public areas, schools and municipal buildings around the world. Michael is currently presiding over an array of projects for BG Studio, working closely with clients such as Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises. Also a series of land based projects with UDR, Roseland Properties, and Haikimian Group.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Institute of Architects
International Interior Design Association

PUBLICATIONS

Architectural Records
Hospitality Design Magazine

CHRISTINA HART, ASID, IIDA LEED AP ID +C

DIRECTOR OF HOSPITALITY

Christina directs BG Studio’s Hospitality division working with clients and hotel brands to sculpt dynamic interior spaces from the inside out. She has honed a niche designing signature restaurants, premier spas and upscale luxury suites as part, or in total, of a five-star hotel experience. She has overseen renovation of historic properties including Hotel du Parc, Switzerland, select areas of The Waldorf, and The Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt, site of the first Academy Awards. Notable work around the globe is highlighted by Rosewood Abu Dhabi, awarded the 2014 Gold Key Award for and Best Luxury Hotel, and Leading Hotel Al Faisaliah, Riyadh KSA opening in 2019 while continuing significant cant work here in New York City for Mandarin Oriental. Christina holds a B.S. in Design & Environmental Analysis from Cornell University. Prior to BBG-BBGM’s merging with HOK, she was an Interiors Partner. 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Society of Interior Designers
(ASID)
International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED

PUBLICATIONS

Interior Design
Hospitality Design
Boutique Design
Sleeper
Hotel Business
Hotel Executive
Forbes

AWARDS

2016 Best of Year Finalist
Intercontinental New York Barclay

2014 Gold Key, Best Luxury Hotel
Rosewood Abu Dhabi

2014 Gold Key, Best Suite, Jewel Suite
New York Palace

2014 Das Design, Suite 5000
The Mandarin Oriental New York

2012 Gold Key, Best Guestroom Midscale, Melia Hotel
Atlanta