Lionel is the principal interior designer of Sanchez Design Studio Inc. (SDSI), a full-fledged interior design firm. Having existed for more than ten (10) years in the industry, 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.

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).

Lionel has a Master’s Degree in Interior Architecture (M.Arch) from the University of San Carlos, and is also an Assistant Professor of the same university. He has published a research in the “International Journal of Spatial Design & Research”. Currently, he is taking up a Doctorate Interior Design (PhD) degree at the Atlantic International University, a member of the Council of Interior Design Educators (CIDE), and a Founding Member of the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID) Cebu Chapter. He is also the Philippines’ first Vegan Certified Interior Designer by Download CV here.

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