Tehran-born Filipino-American Brian Tenorio is a Manila/New York-based design manager and strategic design and communications consultant for international organizations and the corporate and social development sectors.

Strategic Design > Social Development

Brian Tenorio

After five years of entrepreneurial work in Fashion and Style and eight years in Graphic Design, Tenorio trained with the Language and Communications Programme of the United Nations, with his academic research focus on National Design Policy Frameworks for Developing Countries (via Pratt Institute in New York).

Tenorio is currently an International Consultant for Branding and Design at the Asian Development Bank and a Design and Communications Consultant at the World Health Organization (Western Pacific Regional Office). He is the Founder and Chair of the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce. He also chairs the Designers for Development Network  New York (via Liyab LLC, NY)—a group of communications designers from around the world designing for international organizations and development agencies. All this while heading his business in coffee+culture in the Philippines, Kape Coffee Co. and Tenorium Ent, his multi-disciplinary design agency in Manila.

Tenorio filled up to capacity the largest Ayala Malls theater space as he delivered the State of Philippine Design

Tenorio just recently concluded Design Filipino, a series of events sponsored by the most premium retail space in the Philippines, Ayala Malls Group to promote Strategic Design Thinking and to initiate the public dialog on the Philippine Brand. Speaking to more than 2,000 Design proponents from the different major creative industries from across the Philippines, Tenorio surveyed the Design and Creative sectors of the country.

Entrepreneurship & Shoe Design

Brian Tenorio’s Eight Leather Monster on display at an exhibition at the Schafler Gallery of Pratt Institute, New York

His design company, Tenorio Manila, won the Battle of the Business Plans competition in the country, and was a semi-finalist in the Harvard Business School 2005 Entrepreneurial Idol in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a winner of the 2007 Dutch-sponsored Philippine Bid Challenge (a satellite search of the International Business in Development Network Foundation) and also the Philippine Junior Chamber International’s Creative Young Entrepreneur for 2007. Tenorio’s designs have been shown in art exhibitions in New York and in Manila and were also included in the book 50 Must-Buys from Manila launched December 2008.

 

Brian Tenorio awarded a marker by Marikina City for his work in promoting the Shoe Industry of his hometown, Marikina

MAYOR’S GALA Video by Derek Yee (FINAL) from Brian Tenorio on Vimeo. Here, Angel Aquino and Brian Tenorio host the first Mayor’s Gala of Marikina

 

Graphic Design & Journalism Work

Photo by Wawi Navarroza at Estudio Fiel (formerly Pabrika)

Before designing shoes and accessories, Tenorio designed for multi-nationals and corporations in the Philippines, Europe, and the United States. He has won graphic design awards in Asia, including the Asian Print Awards in Singapore and the Philippine National Book Awards (2008 Best Book Design). He also worked as an international correspondent for United Colors of Benetton’s COLORS Magazine, and as a contributor to major newspapers in the Philippines. In November 2009, Tenorio launched his first project in industrial design: a designer line of luxury caskets and urns in the Philippines—Lux Mortem.

Education & Training

He finished the Managing the Arts Program at the Asian Institute of Management (2002), after graduating a few years prior at the Ateneo de Manila University (2000). After teaching design at the Ateneo de Manila University’s Communications Department, he was the first to teach footwear design and aesthetics in the Philippines at Manila’s School of Fashion and the Arts. Tenorio finished his graduate degree at Pratt Institute’s Design Management Program in New York in 2010 (Pratt Circle Awardee, graduated with Honors).

Tenorio trained in Communications and Design at the United Nations Head Quarters in New York in 2010. In this photo with Deputy Secretary General Asha-Rose Migiro.

Tenorio is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Design Management Institute (Boston, USA), Asia Society (New York), and NetImpact.

In 2012, Tenorio is produced and hosted the first and only Design x Entrep x Travel show in the Philippines, DESIGN PARA SA LAHAT (“Design for All” in Filipino). The show airs nationwide in the Philippines and internationally Sunday evenings primetime (West and East Coasts of the US, also showing in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia) on the GMA TV Network.

 

Tenorio speaks five languages: the languages of design, business, style, international relations, and social development.

 

Résumé:
resume.briantenorio.com

Mini-portfolio:
print.briantenorio.com

Media project, TV show:
http://www.youtube.com/designparasalahat/

Branding, Kape Coffee Company and Tsaa Daloy Premium Philippine Teas:
Kape Coffee Company
www.tsaadaloy.com

The Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce
www.diversity.ph

Fashion project, designer shoes:
www.tenorio.asia

Industrial design project, designer caskets:
www.luxmortem.com