Jason Castriota is an Italian American automobile designer born in White Plains, New York and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. He graduated from Emerson College in Boston and attended but dropped out of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After his internship at the Pininfarina design studio, he decided to stay in Turin rather than return to the US to complete his studies. In Pininfarina, he worked under Ken Okuyama and later Lowie Vermeersch, continuing the training he received as a student of Okuyama's at ACCD. As a designer he took part in the design of production cars such as the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano and Maserati GranTurismo, concept cars like the Maserati Birdcage 75th and the Rolls Royce Hyperion, and, as Head Designer for Special Projects, one-off exclusive cars for particular customers, such as the "Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina", a restyled Enzo Ferrari for American car collector James Glickenhaus, and the Ferrari 612 Kappa, a restyling of the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti for car collector Peter Kalikow.