World-class Filipino architect shines in Dubai

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Suzette Peachie Bayonito is a licensed architect with 10 years of extensive experience in architectural and construction works, 8 years of which was spent in UAE, with a solid background in preparing authority drawings from schematic to construction phase.

Her projects include high-rise towers, hotels, residential, institutional and mixed commercial development.

Since 2008, Suzette is the Project Architect at National Engineering Bureau in Dubai. In 2011, she was appointed as Architectural Inspector for Palazzo Versace, a 6-star hotel, and D1 Residential Tower project.

Practice

Suzette, 31, is a Registered Licensed Architect in the Philippines. She graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the Bicol University in 2004. She holds membership in the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) and a photography enthusiast.

 She worked as an Autocad Operator in 2004 in the Makati-based Mohri and Philippine Architects Associates where she rendered architectural and CAD services for among other, the project improvement of primary education facilties in Mongolia and the 14 schools site development in Nicaragua.

Then, she moved to Naigai Philippines as Autocad Operator where she prepared structural drawings for projects in Asia like the Ras Laffan Treatment Plant FCM KPHZ Project in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

From 2005 to 2006, she was a Cad Detailer at ESCA Incorporated in Quezon City

where she worked for Alrashid Abetong U.A.E. for precast projects from Middle East. She was involved in Mall of Asia project and the construction of Al Mutawa Commercial Building in Damman and Goharat Mall both in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Suzette felt it was time for her to move overseas “to gain more experience in my chosen field.” From 2006 to 2008, she was employed as Detailer at the Mammut Technocrette FE in Dubai. She was involved in the completion of Ottoman 17 Villa Residences, G+3 Labor Accommodation and Office Bldg in Al Quoz, Al Oud Development for Dubai Waterfront, Dubai UAE and the World Cup Quarantine Barn Expansion in Nad Al Sheba.

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Legacy of a Family

She was born on December 23, 1982 in Sto. Domingo, Albay to spouses Laureano Bayonito and Francia Baldosa Bayonito who are now both in Sacramento, California. Her mom is a retired teacher. She has 4 siblings, namely: Ma. Joanna Catherine, Mary Rose Eloisa and Sharon.

Suzette admits she has acquired artistic ability from her late grandfather who was a famous sculptor in their town. “In my elementary and high school years, I joined and garnered 1st place awards in poster making contests.   I did sideline works even when I was still schooling. My teachers would let me do their son’s school drawing and sketching projects. I did letterings and manually wrote calligraphy to 300 diploma certificates.”

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Returning the favor, Suzette teaches expats

Proud Nikon Photographer

“In September 2011, I started to try photography since I wanted to develop my creativity. I didn’t have any formal photography training. Internet was my learning medium that helped me familiarize with the basics.”

She was featured in the Nikon Middle East & Africa website. Of her, the website says, “She did not have a formal training in photography but her natural interest in the beauty of architecture of Dubai led her to start taking cityscapes and landscapes with her Nikon D5100. After architecture, she has pursued portraiture and has been getting more clients for weddings and model portfolios. She currently owns a Nikon D600, Nikkor 2.8 lenses such as the 24-70, 70-200 VR II and 105.”

In 2013, she won in the Traveler Arabia and received Special Merit in the International Cityscapes Art Competition.

Suzette was featured in various newspapers and magazines in UAE.

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IMG_3984THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, historian and book author who traces his roots from two Philippine jewels – Laguna and Antique.  While in Dubai, he enjoyed his expat life documenting the struggles and victories of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. In 2014, he released Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in the United Arab Emirates. Connect with him on facebook.

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