Ms. Katie Z. Leavy

Ms. Katie Z. Leavy is the Owner and Principal of Capital Design LLC, a hospitality interior design firm based in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Through her firm, Ms. Leavy strives to create striking, sustainable and functional spaces, to emphasize a hotel image while maximizing value for the Owner and the Guest.

Ms. Leavyís education includes a BS from Boston College and a Degree of Interior Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. She holds NCIDQ qualification, is a longstanding member of the American Society of Interior Designers and the US Global Building Commission, and a LEED Green Associate since 2010.

Katie Leavyís years with Hughes Design Associates and Brennan Beer Gorman & Monk Architects and Interiors, Inc have provided experience with many 5 star hotel brands, as well as a roster of talented colleagues who are hired by Capital Design on a per-project basis. While Capital Designís current portfolio centers on hotel brands such as Hilton, Marriott, and Starwood, it also includes many independent and historical properties such as the Churchill Hotel in Washington DC, and the Inn at Pocono Manor. Additionally, Ms Leavy is a advocate of the environment, and has lectured on sustainable design practices at the National Building Museum in Washington DC. She strives to incorporate elements of sustainability into all her projects, and specifies US manufacturers wherever possible.

The work of Capital Design LLC can be seen in publications including: Metropolitan Home, Design Times, Home & Design, Hospitality Design, and the Washington Post. Ms. Leavy has appeared on Home & Garden Television and writes a weekly column for the Washington Post Express.


Kate Rhinelander, Interior Architecture

Ms. Kate Rhinelander collaborates with Capital Design LLC to address the interior architectural elements of hospitality projects. Her extensive experience in the fields of Architecture and Engineering, coupled with her elegant design aesthetic and fluency in AutoCAD programming, make her an invaluable member of our design team.

After earning her Masters in Architecture from The University of California at Berkeley, Kate worked on the west coast for BAT Design Architecture, developing designs for international retail brands such as Espirit, Bum Equipment, Country Road and FILA. Her subsequent employment in Washington DC with Brennan Beer Gorman Monk Architects & Interiors, Inc. provided her hospitality experience, with jobs designing and overseeing large-scale hotel projects including: The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Washington DC and Monterey Mexico; the Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico; the Safety Harbor Spa & Resort in Safety Harbor, FL; and the renovation of the historical Marriott Logan Circle in Washington DC.

Ms Rhinelander tapped into her engineering background while working in early 2000 for the Prince William County Service Authority, by creating and designing the Comprehensive Improvement Plan (CIP) for the County, as well as the electronic documentation system for the County Permitting and Land Management System.

Ms. Rhinelander holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia, and a Masters in Architecture and Urban Planning from The University of California at Berkeley.


Yvonne Ruiz, Architect & Project Manager

Yvonne Ruiz consults with Capital Design LLC in the arenas of Architecture and Project Management. She is experienced in overseeing large-scale projects and is well versed in the areas of scope development, cost estimation, and construction oversight and administration. Her ability to manage multiple Projects ranging in size and complexity have proven successful.

Ms. Ruiz holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech, and is a licensed Architect in the State of Virginia. Ms Ruiz's design background contains hospitality and institutional projects. While working for Brennan Beer Gorman & Monk Architects in Washington DC, she designed and managed hotel projects for the Hilton, Crowne Plaza and Marriott brands. Her institutional design experience stems from her time with CSNA Architects in Colorado Springs, designing education facilities for the Colorado Springs School System and the University of Colorado.

Ms. Ruiz's commercial Project Management experience is substantial, and includes construction management of the new 100,000 square foot aircraft hangar at Philadelphia International Airport, as well as the flagship US Airways Club & Envoy Lounge. Other work with US Airways includes supervision of new station openings and station renovations throughout the continental U.S., Caribbean and Europe.