Winner of the Behind the Scenes Award at the Commercial Interior Design Awards 2019 we sat down to learn more about Cherry Rose C.Tañedo and her role at GAJ as a Senior Interior Design Architect.
Cherry was born into a family of builders and spent much of her childhood in and around newly constructed houses with the smell of fresh cement and joinery as common to her as crayons and chalk.
“I was lucky to have a father who was my mentor in my formative years. He is my biggest critic and my best supporter. He taught me to be honest and fair and to believe that, with faith, nothing is impossible. These are, and always have been, my core values,” said Cherry.
After graduating from the Technological Institute of the Philippines and earning her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Cherry began her career working in a firm whose speciality was residential houses, a role which she found highly rewarding seeing an owner’s vision become a reality.
Following this residential experience, Cherry went on to work for a Japanese company, Taisei Asia Spaceplan, which taught her the value of teamwork and focus. It was here that she learned extensive CAD detailing works and Japanese work ethics.
In 2015 Cherry came to Dubai working as an Architect / Interior Designer / Site Coordinator for a Construction company and Architectural Consultant before joining GAJ as a Senior Interior Designer-Architect in 2011.
In her current role Cherry deals with the hard finishes, sanitary, ironmongery selections and specification and work closely with the team selecting suitable materials.
“I am responsible for a project’s specification which means I have to be fully aware of the project details including the contract deliverables and timeline for each stage of the programme, says Cherry. “This involves coordinating technical drawings and specification and the coordination with sub consultants and suppliers. I check to ensure they follow brand standards and building regulations editing where necessary to ensure a consistent and high quality delivery to the client.”
Cherry is seen by her colleagues as the heart and soul of the interior design team. Whenever anyone needs to know of a particular product, supplier, how to resolve a technical design detail, Cherry is the go-to person. She is a vital member of the ID team sharing her wealth of knowledge on design, site works and specifications on all projects.
“Winning the Behind the Scenes Award was unbelievable. I was so happy to have been shortlisted but then to win was just incredible. I was already so happy being nominated and told my team that I already felt like a winner because of the support they had all given me. I am grateful to GAJ for this acknowledgement, “said Cherry.