Our Team


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.


Eva Clemens & Markus Zaugg, Co-Owners of Studio Europa

Eva Clemens

  • 4 year Swiss cabinet making degree
  • BFA Interior Design, Design Institute of San Diego
  • Co-founder, CFO & Principal Designer at Studio Europa

Markus Zaugg

  • 4 year Swiss cabinet making degree
  • Licensed general contractor since 1999
  • Co-founder, President, general contractor at Studio Europa



Andre Trachsel, Superintendent/LEICHT Installer

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.


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.


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.

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 in 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.