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Meet the Team

Helle Byrn
Interior Architect and CEO, Chairman and Founder

Helle´s passion has her entire life been a passion for Design and for creating beautiful spaces. Biggest project has been the foundation in 1995 of Marbella Design Academy.

Frank Ortega
Architect and Course Director

Course Director, Link Tutor with our UK Partner University and Tutor on the Interior Architecture Validated Programme

Gualberto Cerron - Marbella Design Academy
Gualberto Cerrón
Interior Architect and Principal

Principal of the Marbella Design Academy. Contribute to the daily running of the Academy.

Charlotte McLaren - Marbella Design Academy
Charlotte Bech Byrn
Management Accountant and Finance Director

Finance Director at Marbella Design Academy and responsible for quarterly accounting and all finance related issues.

Rachel Parker
Secretary and Student Support

As Student Support for our students, Rachel is always ready to help our students.

Benedicte Byrn - Marbella Design Academy
Benedicte Byrn
Graphic Designer.

Benedicte Byrn - Graphic Designer of all marketing material produced in the Marketing Department.

Fabrice Durand
Marketing Responsible

Fabrice is in charge of our Marketing Department together with Benedicte

Diana Toma
Degree in Communication and Business. Secretary in the Administration

Diana is Administration Secretary at Marbella Design Academy. Diana is in charge of the overall communication and organisation between the different Departments.

Jean Pierre Costa - Marbella Design Academy
Jean Pierre M. Costa
Head of the Foundation Course at Marbella Design Academy.

Jean Pierre has been a professional designer and teacher for more than 20 years within the fields of graphic, industrial, interior and web design

Sergio Toporek
Graphic Designer - Head of the Bachelor of Arts Validated programme in Graphic Design & Media

Sergio Toporek is responsible for the Graphic Design & Media Department and that the Bachelor of Arts validated programme in Graphic Design & Media is delivered to our students at the highest academic level.

René Coster
Fashion Designer and Head of our Bachelor of Arts Validated programme in Fashion Design & Manufacture Department at Marbella Design Academy.

René is Head of our Fashion Design & Manufacture Department. René is responsible for all aspects of the Fashion Department and the 3-year Bachelor of Arts Validated programme in Fashion Design & Manufacture.

Caterina Sposato
Caterina has a Dr. degree in Environmental Architecture and is Head of our 3-year Bachelor of Arts Validated programme in Interior Architecture & Design at Marbella Design Academy.

We are so lucky to have an expert in Advanced Technologies for the Future of Architecture & Design who has a Doctor degree in Environmental Strategies. Caterina is a big asset for our Interior Architect students.

Elisabet Cuesta Hauge
Tutor in Fashion Design

Elisabet, Eli is a multitalented and very well educated designer whom we are so fortunate to have employed as Tutor in our Fashion Design & Manufacture Department at Marbella Design Academy

Natalia Rivera
Tutor in Fashion Design

Natalia Rivera is a passionate fashion designer. Highly driven and very creative. We are pleased to have Natalia onboard our great Fashion Design Team in our Fashion Design & Manufacture Department at Marbella Design Academy

Gianluca Emmi
Tutor in Interior Architecture and Design

Marbella Design Academy, Gianluca Emmi, Architect and Designer. Tutor in the Interior Architecture & Design Department

Cyriel Vaes
External guest lecturer at Marbella Design Academy

Cyriel is a multi talented Designer who is involved in many design projects world wide, within Graphic Design, Fashion, Art, Theatre and Television.

Alberto Leonardo
Graphic Tutor in the Graphic Design & Media

Master of Fine Arts in Computer Art, San Pablo CEU, Spain. Bachelor in Jewellery Design EASD Valencia, Spain. Fine Arts degree, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain

Andrea Giorgi
Tutor Interior Architecture/Graphic Design.

Andrea is a tutor for our Interior Architect Students as well as for our Graphic Design Students. Andrea guide his students with focus on design as a combination of function and aesthetics with a user friendly experience.

Super sweet school dog

LISA is our wonderful sweet San Bernard dog and beloved mascot. LISA is at school between 8.00 and 16.00 on Fridays only.

Jose Alberto Vidales Villalobos
Maintenance, Gardener and Caretaker at our Academy

Jose Alberto is our Maintenance, Gardener and Caretaker keeping an eye on things to be maintained and improved both inside and outside the Academy. We are very fortunate to have Jose Alberto on board. He is fulfilling his job with great passion and dedication.

Lucy Banu

Our sweet Angel in the student restaurant - GAUDI. We are all spoild with nice lunches and wonderful cakes:-)

Isa - Marbella Design Academy
Isa Ríos

Our fantastic kitchen assistant and caretaker. Isa also makes the best cup of coffee and she always has a smile on her face 🙂

Paqui Guzmann Puerto
Cleaner at Marbella Design Academy

Paqui is the best cleaner on the planet and keeps our Academy nice, clean and organised, which is a big job to handle with so many students and staff members.