About

Aria Group Architects, Inc. was formed in February of 1989 by Jim Lencioni, Walter Pancewicz, Joe Vajda and Kathy Lencioni. Tom Smiciklas was made a principal in 1998 and Frank Cavanaugh in 2000. Our goal in starting Aria Group was to create a firm that makes a positive difference in peoples’ lives with designs that exceed expectations, buildings that are technically strong and projects that make business sense.

Aria Group focuses on designing restaurant, entertainment and hospitality projects in 42 states, Europe, Mexico, the Middle East, Canada and South America. We are a recognized leader in the industry having designed over 2,000 restaurants, casinos and clubhouses. Our services include architecture, planning and interior design with knowledge in sustainable design, LEED design and the USGBC. We have long standing relationships with Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc. (since 1989), California Pizza Kitchen (since 1991), P.F. Chang’s (since 1997) and other multi-units. Aria Group has assisted entrepreneurs in creating new restaurants or entertainment venues including Keefer’s, Viper Alley, Lucky Monk, Fielding’s Wood Grill, Mike Ditka’s, Antico Posto, Reel Club and many more.

Our continued growth and balance of small and large projects provides Aria Group with an expanding portfolio of work from which we draw our experience. Our staff of highly motivated architects, planners and interior designers concentrate their practice on projects such as restaurants/food service, entertainment, hotels, casino and other hospitality projects, mixed-use developments, retail centers and office design.