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
Co-Founder, 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.
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.
Architectural Kitchen Designer
Claire joined the STUDIO EUROPA Team in 2020, after having worked at LEICHT USA Headquarters in Costa Mesa, California for many years. Her passion for people and good, functional design, inspire her daily to provide the best experiences for her clients. Her education include a Masters of Interior Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona and UCLA joint program, as well as a B.S. From UCLA.
Born and raised in Germany, she is a world traveler, who also speaks several languages fluently. During her time off, she enjoys Yoga and Snowboarding.
Kara Joy 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 practicing and teaching yoga and is falling in love with San Diego.
Cassidy comes to Studio Europa straight from Dubai UAE, where she was a senior designer for a market leading German kitchen design brand. In Dubai she was able to work with international clientele and provide design services for the greater Middle East and African regions. Prior to this she worked for Leicht in Texas, where she turned a passion of design into a career. She worked her way up by dedication to learn all things kitchen and through invaluable mentorship.
The activities that Cassidy finds joy in are… one of a kind cinema, walking down the main road of a new town, searching for the next best cup of coffee, admiration of all things design, Indian feasts with friends, and a night of rock climbing with her partner.
Greg was born and raised fifth-generation Southern California native. Over the course of his career, he has worked in all factions of business. Beginning part-time in high school for the family business and rising up to top-level management, Greg most enjoys behind the scenes administrative support roles and is a stickler for detail. The economic downturn of 2008 created new opportunities for him. He relocated to San Diego from the LA area, and hasn’t looked back!
Greg enjoys watching baseball, softball, and soccer. He is a major foodie. Along with his partner and my (Shiba Inu) dog in toe, Greg is always on the search for the next best taco or burger. He loves to travel. and his favorite destinations include Shanghai, Dublin, Mexico City, and Austin TX.
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.
Nathan comes to us with over six years of experience in home remodeling and cabinet installation. In addition, He also has experience in cabinet building, finish carpentry, electrical, and plumbing. Originally Nathan went to school for fine art and graphic design, but since has turned his creative eye and attention to detail to mastering his craft at Studio Europa.
Nathan enjoys backpacking, snowboarding, and spending time with his wife. He also loves experiencing all of what San Diego has to offer.