LIONEL SANCHEZ, IDR, PhD

Principal Interior Designer, Sanchez Design Studio Inc. (SDSI), 2007-present

SDSI develops foolproof themes to suit every personality, lifestyle and budget, and brands its unique aesthetic not only on private residential projects, but hospitality and commercial assignments as well. Lionel’s diverse design portfolio includes the interiors of the Amara, Ayala clubhouse, Ayala Center Cebu chapel, various residences, condominiums and penthouses from high end to mid-end, boutique or design hotels, cafes, restaurants, model units for Johndorf and Winland Devleopment Corp., and the proposed renovation of the Mactan International Airport. Along with his impressive and dedicated team at SDSI, he is profiled in an ever-growing list of the most prolific design industry peers.

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AFFILIATIONS

-Licensed, Philippine PRC Board of Interior Design
-Director, Liaison for Interior Design Organizations, Nonprofits, Education, and Linkages (LIONEL)
-Member, Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID)
-Certified, VeganDesign.Org
-Contributor, Lantawan Magazine

Lionel is a licensed interior designer of the Philippine Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Board of Interior Design. He is the Director of the Liaison for Interior Design Organizations, Nonprofits , Education, and Linkages (LIONEL), a nonprofit educational research center. As a designer, he is one of the founding members of the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID) Cebu Chapter. Lionel is also the Philippines’ first Vegan Certified Interior Designer by VeganDesign.org.

ACADEMICS

-Assistant Professor
Department of Architecture, University of San Carlos 2010-present
-Certificate in Architectural Imagination
Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 2021
-Doctor of Philosophy in Interior Design (PhD)
Atlantic International University, 2017-2021
-Master of Architecture in Interior Architecture (MArch)
USC Architecture Graduate Program, 2013-2015
-Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design (BFA)
University of San Carlos, 2003-2007

Lionel obtained his Master’s Degree in Interior Architecture (M.Arch) from the University of San Carlos, and has been an Assistant Professor of the same university for over a decade. He presented and published his research on the International Journal of Spatial Design & Research; and took his degree in Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Interior Design at the Atlantic International University, ASIC accredited. Lionel also holds a Certificate in Architectural Imagination from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and an author of the book entitled “Not Just Decorating“.

ACCOLADES

-Outstanding Interior Design Firm
Philippine Institute of Interior Designers-Cebu Chapter, 2018
-Outstanding Contribution Award
Philippine Institute of Interior Designers-Cebu Chapter, 2016
-Outstanding Service in the Local Business in Cebu
USC DCLL, 2016
-Interior Design Advocacy Award
Philippine Institute of Interior Designers-Cebu Chapter, 2015
-Pillar of Interior Design Award for Advocacy
Philippine Institute of Interior Designers-Cebu Chapter, 2014
-Interior Designer of the Month of April
Mandaue Foam, 2014
-Best Booth Design
CFIF Tubod Exhibit, 2013
-Designer to Look Out For
Zee Lifestyle Magazine, 2009
-Magna Cum Laude
USC School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design, 2007
-Consistent Dean’s Lister
USC School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design, 2003-2007

Having always been a consistent dean’s lister, Lionel graduated Magna Cum Laude taking up a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design at the University of San Carlos, Cebu City. As a design student, he has decorated the VIP Lounge of the Mactan International Airport and has won two consecutive Design Awards from the university, an award given to outstanding students who excel in their field of study. Lionel’s final project also won him a third Design Award for Best in Thesis. In August 2009, Zee Lifestyle magazine, Cebu’s premiere publication, recognized Lionel as “one of the designers to look out for.” During Cebu Furniture Industry Foundation Inc.’s June 2013 Tubod Show (a furniture show made by designers for designers), Lionel won the “Most Impressive Booth Design” Award. He also received several accolades from the industry including Mandaue Foam’s “Interior Designer of the Month” (April 2014), “Pillar of Interior Design for Advocacy” (Sept. 2014), “Best in Interior Design Advocacy” (Dec. 2015) , “Outstanding Service in the Local Business in Cebu” (July 2016), “Outstanding Contribution to PIID Cebu” (Dec. 2016), and “Outstanding Interior Design Firm” (July 2018).

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