Akeema Xuxa Laura Edwards

Akeema Xuxa Laura Edwards

Atlanta, GA, US

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My name is Xuxa, I am an aspiring architect from St. Croix, one of four islands that make up the United States Virgin Islands. I am interested in environmental and social factors that defines the urban condition, affect public spaces, and more importantly people; using multiple mediums of design, technology, and art to communicate and visualize architecture effectively and problem solve such factors ultimately can make a connection for people to the environment. 


eightvillage, Atlanta, Designer | Project Manager

Sep 2021 - current

FXCollaborative, New York, NY, US, Designer

Nov 2018 - Sep 2021

Gardner Spencer Smith Tench & Jarbeau, Atlanta, GA, US, Architectural Intern/Architectural Designer

Produced working plans, diagrams, and construction documents, as directed.
Met task and project deadlines.
Communicate and understand task assignments and expectations.
Promoted a collaborative team atmosphere.
Aided in detailing skills and material understanding, related to building envelope projects.
Aided in visual and presentation skills (final reports, CD sets, etc.)
Undertook job-related research, as directed.
Aided in computer software skills (AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite)
Observe and document the progress and quality of contractor work based on guidelines set forth by the team leader.
Produce draft / outline site visit reports and meeting minutes.

Jul 2016 - Aug 2018

Becker&Frondorf, Philadelphia, Junior Estimator

Sep 2012 - Jan 2014


Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, GA, US, MArch, Architecture

Focused on design and research through a curricular structure that integrates history, theory, technology and practice with design studios. My pursued interests relied in a range of topics including sustainability, urbanism, digital design, and design & media.

Aug 2015 - May 2018

Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, US, Bachelors, Architectural Studies

Studies related to the first 4 years of B. Arch Degree with Photography, Media, and Environmental Studies added.
Environmental Studies involved policy, industrial ecology, sustainable technology for architecture, and the environment and world cultures.

Aug 2010 - May 2014


Underground Atlanta Studio, 1st Place

Urban Design Architecture proposal to revive Underground Atlanta.


Portman Prize, Honorable Mention

The purpose of the Portman Prize and the Portman Visiting Critic Program is to foster design excellence and student creativity in the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech. Recognizing student accomplishment and excellence in the integration of technical considerations as a key constituent of the design process the Portman Prize. It is awarded through competition by a distinguished jury chaired by the Portman Visiting Critic who also participates over the semester as a roving design studio critic and public lecturer.
2017 Claire Weisz, FAIA


Barbara G. Laurie NOMA student design competition, 1st Place

The Barbara G. Laurie NOMA Student Design Competition provides architecture students as well as students from related design disciplines with an opportunity to showcase their talents to design industry professionals from across the nation.


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