Resource Partner and Collaborator with Clients and Industry Peers
Studio Europa LEICHT is San Diego’s exclusive LEICHT dealer. We are a full service firm offering our valued clients the full range of LEICHT products as well as a menu of supporting services to choose from. Our experienced team is ready to collaborate and support you at any stage of your renovation- from planning and design, to remodel and installation. Our design professionals are ready to listen and help bring your vision to life.
Markus Zaugg & Eva Clemens
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
Cofounder, CFO & Principal Designer
After 30+ years in the industry, Eva lovingly calls her business the ‘never-ending class she is taking’… She is enjoying design and working with clients just as when she first started. But her experience helps clients break down a scary and overwhelming process into small and easily manageable steps to reach their ultimate goal: Good design, functionality, proportion, material choices that relate to their life-style and working with in their budget.
On days off, Eva loves yoga, skiing and playing tennis where, in 1992 she proudly lost to Martina Hingis in a Swiss Tournament! She loves live music and pursues painting, all without a brush. Using objects to spread Acrylics across a canvas, one layer at a time, seeing what reveals itself, and knowing when to stop, never ceases to get old.
Co-Founder, President & General Contractor
After moving to San Diego from Switzerland in 1998, Markus broke into the industry as an installer, then kitchen design and sales at Home Depot Expo. In 2001 he met Eva, secured his state contractor's license, and they opened a custom cabinetry shop together called Studio Europa. Shortly thereafter, Markus and Eva were introduced to LEICHT and opened San Diego's exclusive LEICHT dealership.
When Markus isn't taking on LEICHT multi-unit projects, you'll find him doing yoga, biking, or snowboarding. He enjoys going home to Switzerland once a year to spend time with family and friends.
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.
When Ed is not designing kitchens, he spends his time as a professional cover photographer. His favorite things to do is ride throughout San Diego on his Vespa with his dog, Teddy in tow. He enjoys yoga, golf, fine dining, and drinking Malbec. He's also a huge 90 Day Fiancé fan!
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.
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.
Custom Cabinetmaker / LEICHT Installer
Steven Rutschmann 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.
Steven loves traveling all over the world, and being able to live and work in the USA is his dream come true.
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.
Debra Diaz manages project coordination for Studio Europa LEICHT. Debra comes to us from Texas with 10 years of experience as an Office Manager with 4 years at a Restoration Company and some 6 years with a General Contractor focusing on Fire and Water Restoration. She enjoys working with customers and providing the assurance needed and keeping them up to date with their project as this is typically a wonderful but stressful time
Some of Debra’s hobbies include reading, enjoying outdoor activities, especially now here in San Diego with her two dogs, Roxie and Canelo.
Greeter & Security
Teddy is a 10 year old miniature Maltipoo, and he comes in an apricot finish. He is imported from the State of Pennsylvania. He flew all the way across the United States by himself, and once he landed in San Diego and was immediately happy with the awesome climate San Diego has to offer, as well as his love for Modern German Kitchens (something we did not realize until he arrived).
His official job title at Studio Europa is Greeter - a job he is somewhat over qualified for, but accepted the position. Teddy travels to work every day on the back of a Vespa and he normally works 9-5 Monday thru Friday and on Sat by appointment only. Some of his hobbies are going for long walks at Balboa Park, playing with his birdie ball to all hours of the evening, and loves to sleep in on Sundays where he enjoys a big breakfast that includes bacon and pancakes. He also enjoys lazy evenings watching Netflix (when he does not have to get up early). Stop on by because he likes to share his doggie treats as well.