Interior Designer JC Arcega is known for his eclecticism and versatility in design, bringing a unique approach to every project he takes on, whether it be contemporary or traditional. As one third of the Empire Designs trio, JC believes in designing a space that is simple and effective, yet also luxurious—an idea that is not based on cost, but on how a client feels in a space. With this in mind, JC goes into a project with a collaborative approach. He encourages his clients to actively participate and partner with him in the design process. As a result, projects are well-executed and are built with the clients’ needs and wants in mind. This commitment to his profession is reinforced by a constant pursuit of excellence. JC topped the National Interior Design board exams and graduated with flying colors from the Philippine School of Interior Design in 2008. And as a consistent Dean’s Lister in BSBA Business Management at De La Salle University-College of St. Benilde, the course proved to be invaluable in pursuing his design profession. Given the chance, JC’s next passion project is to restore and redesign old Catholic churches in the Philippines, as well as train peoples’ eyes on the talent and craftsmanship of the Bulakenyos.
As both a designer and stylist, Interior Designer Mark Steven Perez has always been interested in designing and being creative. Prior to pursuing his current profession, he excelled and graduated with a degree in Management Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2003, tried his hand at publishing with a fashion and lifestyle magazine, but eventually returned to school for interior design. Mark graduated with honors from the Philippine School of Interior Design in 2008. As one of the partners at Empire Designs (Añonuevo.Perez.Arcega), Mark’s design aesthetic leans toward the modern, chic, and contemporary, and favors function over form. Although, known for breaking the rules on occasion, Mark also enjoys combining different elements and working with various styles. In addition to his design practice, Mark is currently an interior design professor at PSID, and is also the Internal Vice-President of the Philippine School of Interior Design Alumni Association (PSID-AA). Passionate about traveling, Mark finds that exploring museums helps him gain inspiration from both the past and present. Though he currently lives in Manila, Philippines, he is also open to relocating to places where his love for art will lead him.
Born from a family of artists, Aja, used to draw everything that inspires her. Influenced by a family member who is a Singapore-based Interior Designer and for her love of arts, she pursued her passion of making comfortable and functional spaces by taking up Bachelor of Science Major in Interior Design at University of Santo Tomas. Some of her works were exhibited in Beato Angelico Gallery during her time in college. She believes that she should always hone her skills in pursuit as a lifelong learner.
Kat is an Interior Design graduate from PUP Sta. Mesa. She believes that Interior Design is not just about creating well planned spaces but also molding one's personality and behavior. In her leisure, she enjoys watching movies, TV series and travelling with her friends. Kat adores pottery and aspires to have a pottery studio that produces exquisite quality design which she can incorporate in her projects.
Etheline accumulated a Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Arts and gained a valuable experience in creating illustrations. She then pursued her dream of becoming an Interior Designer by taking up a second degree in the Philippine School of Interior Design. She believes that interior design creates an impact & plays a big role in the life of people. Her design inspirations are from her everyday life experience and travels.
Kyoko graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Interior Design. Growing up with a family of businessmen, embarking into the field of design had been both a challenge and a risk. Through art school, she discovers her passion for visual art and design which helped define her goals and aspirations. She has an ardent fondness with historical arts & structures, literary arts and the fascinating people behind it. She hopes to one day be able to leave a footprint through her own paintings, designs and literaries.
Angel is an Interior Design graduate from the University of Santo Tomas. A musician and dancer by heart, she translates her design inspirations from music, art and fashion. Her love for Interior Design and Architecture paved way for her to achieve her childhood dream of creating something beautiful from scratch. In most of her days, she enjoys playing with her 8 dogs, 7 cats and their turtle. A part of her lifelong passion is to create a better world by influencing other people to go green and help save the planet one small step at a time.
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Previously graduated Honorable Mention BS Legal Management from Ateneo de Manila University, and Merit MSC International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations from University of Manchester, UK, Jerinae took Interior Design from Philippine School of Interior Design as her 2nd undergraduate degree in pursuit of aiding their family business. She has garnered several awards throughout her academic life and developed an extensive perspective in design through her frequent travels and having studied abroad thrice. She believes that in the end, the most important part of interior design is the people.
Influenced by her dad’s artistic side, Steph took up interior design course at University of Sto. Tomas. She is fond of travelling the world wherein she gets her inspiration and drive. By being spontenous and passionate, she believes that solving design problems with aesthetics will be a step of her career and personal growth.