focidesign.co is an independent design collaborative based in Manila, Philippines.
FOCI-DC INC was built upon the cumulative experience of all of its proponents. Each individual came from a different aspect of the practice elevating the capacity of the group to greater diversity.
Katrina Faustino is the company’s president and chief of communications. Katsy’s background in the field comes from extended exposure from vanguards in the profession as well as the academe. For around 3 years past the acquisition of her degree and well within the scope of her licensure, she’d been learning the ins and outs of the profession from former UP College of Architecture (UPCA) Dean Danilo Silvestre handling projects of various scales from residential to institutional classifications. Katsy had also joined the Center for the Designed and Environment Professions (CDEP) founded in part also by two former UPCA Deans Christopher and Mary Anne Espina.
Katsy eventually went on to a partnership where she took on several projects each with its own particularities completing her experience in handling architectural contracts and project management.
As a part of numerous deals and correspondences, along with her natural inclination towards the development of her writing skill, technique, and expression, Katsy has become the company’s key strategist for accounts of any nature.
Katsy graduated with honors from the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Architecture. She took several units in the Masters of Tropical and Landscape Architecture program from the former in preparation for her second licensure. She is a registered and licensed architect, landscape architect, and is a member of the esteemed Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Mark Obra hails from the opposite side of the coin, coming from the suppliers POV prior to the formation of the collective. Mark spent over 5 years in the industrial design outfit developing installations, furniture, and artworks for the contemporary movement. His background involved the development of visualizations in order to understand and communicate design more effectively.
What minute skill that had started with his very first employ under Arch. Philip Recto at PHRA had only improved when he’d moved on to Pacifictech Solutions (PTS) back then a startup with less than ten people in it. With refined technique that had gone beyond what the company was capable of offering, Mark moved on towards a more artistic inclination.
Having developed images since graduating, his interest in the unreal shifted with every object that had been completed during his last station. From 3D visualization, he turned instead to photography capturing and creating reality this time around.
Mark is now taking up graduate studies for a Masters in Fine Arts within the University of the Philippines. He is a registered and licensed architect as well as a part time instructor for Architectural Communication and Visualization at the UP College of Architecture. His works had been shortlisted at the annual BluPrint AViD competition as well as the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence Awards.