Pinay in UAE breaking barriers in the field of architecture


When it comes to engineering and architecture, women have fought long and hard to be recognized. Suzette Peachie Bayonito, a project architect for one of the biggest architectural firms in the world, got involved in the field conquered by men.

Bayonito is currently working in the National Engineering Bureau which is the 40th best architectural firm in the world based on World Architecture 100.

“Being employed in a good company shaped me to be a better decision-maker in work and in personal life. I am fortunate enough to have been entrusted with prestigious hospitality projects,” she said.

It gives her a sense of fulfillment when she provides practical and technical solutions while meeting clients’ requirements.

Speaking about Dubai, Bayonito said it is very conducive for growth and a great place to start a business or to network with people who can walk along with reach success.

She has been living overseas for nearly 15 years now. During her stint in the Philippines, she was employed as a junior architect for two years.

Being young and ambitious that she is, she decided to work abroad. “At that time, I had nothing to lose as I haven’t found fulfillment. Aside from the better salary offer, the thought of working at a foreign country enticed me to apply for a job in Dubai,” she added.

Breaking barriers in the field dominated by men, she won The Filipino Times’ ‘Architect of the Year’ in 2017. She was also given an opportunity to work on five-star hotel projects including Palazzo Versace, Intercontinental Hotel in Al Aqqah, Fujairah, and Crowne Plaza Hotel, to name a few.

Making pictures in Dubai

Aside from being a successful project architect, she had an inclination for photography in 2011. She studied her newly acquired talent, trained, and joined various competitions. In 2017, her photography and videography works have been featured on Nikon Middle East’s 100th-anniversary video. While still continuously exploring it, in the same year, she joined the Emirates Film Festival.

Bayonito also became Nikon instructor and content creator while facilitating a series of workshops to help emerging videographers in the Philippines and in the UAE. As she gained more experience and learned more about photography and videography, she was sought to speak for several communities and groups about it.

This story has been featured on the sixth issue of The Global Filipino Magazine. To get a copy, you may contact Mr Orli Gayeta at +971503196856. If you have an inspiring story or know someone with one, please send an email at


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