Ndemina Abbiyesuku

Ndemina Abbiyesuku

San Francisco, CA, US


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With quite a variety of Design culture experiences, a variety of experiments with various art media, a multitude of design software experiments/use, balanced Architecture education in the Arts and Technology; I consider myself well rounded in the Conception through to Technical Production of Architecture and Design.

I consider a strong passion for problem solving a constant motivation for improving my Design and Artistic abilities.

Making time to socialize, experience new things and places is essential refresh for ones ability to continue to innovate and create.


DESIGN STATEMENT ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Architectural and Design Inspired by strong Artistic intuition, Practical and Philosophical
foundations and an unbiased Implementation using Innovative technology; would summarize my approach as a designer.

Conceptual development in my opinion is a symbiosis that brings together Sketching, current software/robotic methods and a poetic narrative responding to local sites' historical and physical context (for an interior Design exercise replace "site context" with Existing Core and Shell architecture).

In my work experience are projects that range, in size, from 3,500,000SQFT to 4,500SQFT and types from Spec. office buildings, Corporate Campuses, Educations and Culture, Financial services Firm, Professional Services, Technology; all of these I've worked between Interiors and Exterior aspects.

Academically I had developed interests in Parametric models and the Design they inspire; because these systems have a potential in bringing a no-renaissance of Ornamentation in Design in a way beyond an applied aesthetic but one that's a symbiosis of Primary and Secondary Building structural Systems. Parametric systems can also be pushed to achieve efficient building performance programmatically and energy savings model.

When experimental systems like parametric are informed by thorough analysis of Site/Environmental conditions, space programming, Space phenomenology and a Site specific Poetic conception. This brings soul  to an otherwise cold and mechanical process.

PHILOSOPHY ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

In his book Key Concepts in Aesthetics, Daniel Herwitz, cited Immanuel Kant, talk about the moral education of aesthetically satisfying forms and also a pseudo-counter opinion by one of Kant’s students, Friedrich Schiller, who proposes that, “. . .a combination of high minded ideas or ideals and excellence in form is what compels the human imagination and spirit”. Kant, on the other hand tends to put too much trust in the power of abstract form to deepen his self-recognition and improve his soul. This ying and yang hypothesis describes to main philosophies on how I would think about and respond to design based on the challenge at hand.

PROCESS --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I sketch ideas efficiently; manually  and by 3d software simulations (testing massing models, daylight and energy models, programmatic schemes); quickly translating lose concept ideas into precise Working drawings. Each project proves to be a unique learning opportunity and this is this denominator is drive to keep pushing boundaries.

As a Team player, I listen carefully at everyone's ideas and bring a synergy, by implementation, that expresses the best intentions. I'm also a proponent of  healthy competitions by way of design charretes. Some humor and team outing is something i would encourage for team bonding.

SERVICE ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Finally I hope my Ideas will serve people, whether they are financially privileged or otherwise;
working with a strong sensibility of materials and a range of teams spanning different disciplines. Creating memorable spaces even with the most basic projects. 

First hand living and learning experiences Across Africa, visits to Europe and then learning, living and working in  the United States, has set a tone for a multicultural perception of Architecture and the Arts, the process of yielding this resource is constantly taking its course.

Here's a link to my personal website



Gensler, San Francisco, CA, US, Designer/Technical

Concept Development, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation, Visualization.

Mar 2013 - current

Rottet Studio, New York, NY, US, Junior Designer

Concept Development, 3D Renderings, Design Development [DD] Drawings, Furniture and Finishes Specifications.

Apr 2012 - Oct 2012

REZI Consulting, 107 Suffolk St. Rm 415 New York, NY 10002, New York, NY, US, Junior Designer [Part-time]

Concept Development and 3D Renderings, Construction Drawings, Construction Administration.

Aug 2011 - Apr 2012

4_D Concepts, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Port Harcourt, NG, Designer

Building Schematic Design, 3D Visualization, Construction drawings, Construction Administration.

Oct 2007 - Nov 2008

National Youth Service Corps [NYSC], Maiduguri, NG, Corps Member

Construction Documents inspection and Validation for Govt.

Technical drawing teacher at Local Govt. Community school.

Sep 2006 - Sep 2007

Itex Furniture Limited, Abuja, Nigeria, Abuja, NG, Designer and Quality control Personel

Site Visit and measurements, Custom furniture design, Shop Drawings, Cut sheets, Production supervision.

Jan 2006 - Aug 2006

Harcourt Adukeh Associates, Port Harcourt, NG, Architectural Assistant / Internship

Architectural/CAD Drafting, 3D Modelling, Physical Model making.

Jan 2003 - Jun 2003


Academy Of Art University, San Francisco, CA, US, MArch, Architecture

Architecture and Design, Spacial Phenomenology, Space planning, Morphology, Construction documentation, Sustainable systems, Parametric systems, Digital fabrication, Site analysis and Design, Urban strategy and planning. Digital Architecture visualization, Mapping and urban design.

Jan 2009 - Sep 2011

Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, NG, BArch, Architecture

Architecture and Design, Construction Drawings, Hand drafting and rendering, Quantity surveying, Physical Model making, Building Structures.

Jan 2000 - Jun 2005


Academy of Art University, Architecture spring show., Other

Wall section and Building construction Honorary mention.


Academy of Art University, Architecture spring show., 2nd Place

Introductory MArch Design studio excellence.


Areas of Specialization 


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