About Us

Grupo Santamaria has over 15 years of commitment to design that improves life by improving the spaces it moves within. We believe that effective design solutions provide comfort, efficiency, interaction, and security. Working closely with our clients we seek out these solutions to the challenges and objectives of our project, by using proper process and research, believing that because form follows function, we must know function intimately.

We have had projects with, and are accredited designers for, companies such as Globe Telecom, Unilever Philippines, L’Oreal Philippines, Castille Realty (Cebu), Marcian Group (Zamboanga), Ayala Aviation, Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), and Philip Morris International, among others.

Our process always starts with thoroughly understanding the needs of our client. Whether a newlywed couple decorating a starter home or retirees renovating an empty nest, from a luxury brand’s pop-up to an established institution’s modernized facilities, the work begins with building trust, rapport, and communication. Only with these established do we begin to apply the knowledge, experience, and technology of our team.

Our Team

Nina M. Santamaria

Principal

Nina was exposed to art early having learned at the knee of Filipino master Jose T. Joya as a child. This nurtured a deep appreciation for aesthetics including her love for interior and architectural design as she was growing up thus developing a sharp sense of observation, insight, and creativity by the time she entered the Interior Design program of the University of the Philippines. She graduated in 1999 and promptly started her eponymous practice serving all sectors from private residences to public institutions.

In the intervening years, Nina has served as Resource Speaker and Thesis Juror for various audiences while honing her craft. An avid surfer and traveler, Nina draws inspiration and balance from the places she visits and people she meets. She believes that the foundation of good design lies in a strong bond of trust among client, builder, and designer.

Danny Boy Relacion

Senior Designer, Technical Supervisor, University of San Carlos

The transformation of interior working drawings from paper to reality has always been the best part about my job: the way paper illustrations affect people’s lives when realized to built interior spaces.

Danny Boy Relacion

Senior Designer, Technical Supervisor, University of San Carlos

The transformation of interior working drawings from paper to reality has always been the best part about my job: the way paper illustrations affect people’s lives when realized to built interior spaces.

Bianca Cabatotan

Senior Designer, FF & E Supervisor, College of the Holy Spirit

I think I’m not just a designer but a storyteller as well.  I get to express our client’s stories and personalities not through words, instead through fabric, furniture, wallpaper, materials, and with that the best job experience is when career and passion come together.

Jessie-R Monsanto

Junior Designer, Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science & Technology

The most fun part is canvassing for the best furniture pieces and accessories for our projects, knowing the latest trends and collections, because it feels like shopping!

Jessie-R Monsanto

Junior Designer, Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science & Technology

The most fun part is canvassing for the best furniture pieces and accessories for our projects, knowing the latest trends and collections, because it feels like shopping!

Rowell Raton

Junior Designer, Far Eastern University

Working with interior spaces is one of the most vital and complex problems that deal with life and experiences.  In design, a connection is built for dwelling on understanding these things.

Marnelli Bernabe

Administrative & Accounting Assistant

Marnelli Bernabe

Administrative & Accounting Assistant