Maria Isabel Lima

Maria Isabel Lima

Philadelphia, PA, US



Designer by trade, explorer by nature.

Having been immersed in creative fields across various cultures from fashion in Brazil, to hospitality development in Costa Rica, industrial design in the United States, as well as interiors and architecture in Taiwan, China, Singapore, and Thailand, my work blends cultural understanding, strong design sensitivity, and humanist critical thinking.

Through detailed research and a fresh conceptualization process that encompasses brand identity, function, and art, I craft a playful narrative within each project to create meaningful, engaging experiences.

As fuel to the soul, I co-founded @enjoyerday,  a collaborative journal for design, places, and experiences.




JC Architecture, Singapore, SG, Lead Designer & Design Direction

• Responsible for conceptual design excellence;
• Develop concept ideation into creative business solutions;
• Prepare and deliver strategic, persuasive presentations to clients;
• Manage staff recruitment and training;
• Identify new business opportunities and assist in the development of marketing;
• Strengthen the design vision and implementation of company standards and values in the interiors practice;
• Utilize strong communication skills to prepare project proposal and assist in contract drafting.

Jul 2015 - current

Chung Yuan University, Taipei, TW, Adjunct Professor

• Assistant professor to 2nd-year students in the study of interior design through research, analysis programming, and conceptualization;
• Conducted regular group and individual critiques with focus in spatial organization, anthropometrics, and circulation while also encouraging students to express their ideas and develop their personal vision.

Aug 2015 - Jan 2016

JC Architecture, Taipei, TW, Interior Designer

• Led and managed local and international interiors projects, including programming client needs, conceptual and schematic design, design development, and management of budgets and schedules;
• Managed and prepared construction documents and FF&E;
• Responsible for client management and communication from project inception and regular milestone meetings through final construction;
• Prepared submittals for publications and awards.

Jul 2013 - Jan 2015

3:AM, São Paulo I, BR, Fashion Merchandiser

Sep 2011 - Jun 2013

Josh Owen LLC, Industrial Design, Industrial Designer

Feb 2010 - Jul 2010


Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, US, BArch, Interior Design

Aug 2004 - Aug 2008


IIDA Interior Design Competition, Award

Interior Design Competition celebrates outstanding, innovative Interior Design/Interior Architecture that encourages new ideas and techniques in the design and furnishings of interior spaces.


JCD International Design Award, Other

Food Space - Best 100


American Architecture Prize, Honorable Mention



INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, Award

Shortlisted - H&M Logistic Office


Good Design Award, Award

Space category


Areas of Specialization