Festo N. Akida

Festo N. Akida

Burbank, CA, US

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I was born and raised in Nairobi, and moved to Shanghai shortly after high school where I completed a 5-year Bachelor in Architecture in Mandarin. Currently graduating from Santa Monica College with an Associates in Interior Design.

I enjoy sketching, site visits (measuring & CAD drafting), 3D modelling and rendering. My long-term goal is to attain my architecture license in California and contribute with innovative and sustainable urban infrastructure.


Westgate Manufacturing, Los Angeles, CA, US, Design Associate

Joined the company as a designer and started off with changing the image and look of the company product catalog. After COVID took lead of creating a virtual environment to showcase company products, which you can find at:
Currently I'm in charge of processing site photometrics report for various projects around the US.

Mar 2020 - current

SPACIALIST, El Segundo, CA, US, 3D Modeler

Used Rhino and 3DS Max to create 3D model accessories for various architectural rendering projects.

Mar 2017 - Jul 2019

Real-Time Architecture, Shanghai, Shanghai, CN, Architectural Designer

For graduation class of summer 2016 at Tongji University, this was my internship class. We worked in teams, handling projects around Shanghai and China. From commercial and retail spaces to residential buildings.

Aug 2015 - Dec 2015


Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA, US, Interior Architectural Design

Boosting my B.Arch by diving deeper into interior design.

Aug 2019 - Dec 2022

Tongji University - College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shanghai, CN, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

Studied all aspected of architectural design by engaging in 5/6 month long projects of different scales, functions and environments.

Activities and societies: Sino-Finnish Product Development Project, Etopia Instant Housing Project.

Oct 2011 - Jul 2016

Fudan University, Shanghai, CN, Foreign Students Chinese Language Program

Studied chinese language, learning how to speak, read and write. In the end got HSK Chinese Proficiency Level 4 Certified.

Activities and societies: Fudan Foreign Students Volunteers Association

Oct 2009 - Jul 2011

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