Meet the Co-Founders
Eva & Markus learned the custom woodworking and cabinetry trade in Europe over 25 years ago and at Studio Europa they have built a team of highly skilled craftspeople with years of training in the art of fine woodworking.
- 4 year Swiss cabinet making degree
- BFA Interior Design, Design Institute of San Diego
- Co-founder, CFO & Principal Designer at Studio Europa
- 4 year Swiss cabinet making degree
- Licensed general contractor since 1999
- Co-founder, President, general contractor at Studio Europa
Ed Brown, Architectural Kitchen Designer
Ed is a graduate of the Design Institute of San Diego where he earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Interior Design. He later went on to earn his Master of Architecture degree from the New School of Architecture in San Diego, and now teaches Kitchen Design at Palomar College. Ed was trained in Germany, Toronto, San Francisco, and Hershey PA. His architectural and design education enables him to see and experience interior architecture not just from the inside looking out, but from the outside looking in, giving great perspective in understanding the vernacular of each space.
Ed has extensive European cabinetry training and over 18 years of industry experience. He is proud to represent Europe’s innovation leader, LEICHT.
Kara Joy, Sales/Design Support
Kara Joy recently joined the Studio Europa team coming from LEICHT USA corporate in Irvine where she specialized in Technical German Kitchen design. She is a graduate of Boston Architectural College where she earned her certificate in Kitchen and Bath Design, as well as earning her BFA in Architectural design from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
She has lived in Turkey, Philippines, and Russia, giving her great exposure to other cultures, enjoys to practice and teach yoga and is falling in love with San Diego.
Andre Trachsel, Install Manager/Superintendent
A native of Switzerland, Andre Trachsel recently celebrated his 10 year anniversary with Studio Europa. Andre is responsible for LEICHT and custom cabinet installations and is also the acting job supervisor for our general contracting projects.
In his free time Andre enjoys home improvement projects, and is a passionate, talented chef who really knows his way around the kitchen. Look for special LEICHT showroom events with Andre teaching some tasty and fun cooking classes.
Michael Imbaumgarten, Custom Cabinetmaker/LEICHT Installer
Michael Imbaumgarten joins Studio Europa as an International exchange employee. He is a talented Swiss trained cabinetmaker, and enjoys putting his knowledge and craftsmanship to work on our custom woodworking projects, and on LEICHT installations.
Michael loves traveling all over the world, and being able to live and work in the USA is his dream come true.
Roman Kotelenets, European Cabinetmaker/LEICHT Installer
Roman comes to us with over 10 years of experience installing European and custom cabinetry. He also has worked in other areas of construction including electrical, plumbing, framing, and general construction supervision. His education includes a 4-year technical degree in Electrical-HVAC, as well as Quality Assurance software testing.
Roman enjoys fishing, bike riding, and is dedicated to raising a wonderful family. We are excited to have Roman join the Studio Europa Leicht Team.
Kristen Van Meter, Project Coordinator
Kristen Van Meter manages project coordination for Studio Europa LEICHT. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from SDSU and has spent much of her career as a Project Manager in the IT field.
Kristen is a music enthusiast and enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors in San Diego and Palm Springs.