Leslie Onumbu

Leslie Onumbu

San Francisco, CA, US

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Versatile designer in Architecture and Interior Design with experience in new construction, historical development and adaptive design. A collaborative team player with strong listening, communication and empathy skills.



Forge Architecture and Design, San Francisco, CA, US, Designer

Undertook multiple commercial tenant improvement in San Francisco and Pasadena // (ADA, ABEP, EV Charging, Elevator site survey checklist) // Residential and Commercial permit and CD sets // materials library collation and updates // Hospitality & Residential Architectural renderings // DBI permit architectural set collation and submission

Nov 2021 - current

Fumio Suda Architects, Berkeley, CA, US, Junior Architectural Designer

Collaborated effort with a senior architect to visualize a three bedroom residential development in San Leandro California // Worked closely with the client to determine needs and develop a creative and functional solutions to design challenges // Drafted all construction drawings and detailed design, orchestrated the FF&E for all residential amenities.

Oct 2020 - Nov 2021

Marine Lane, New York, Architectural Graphic Vizualizer

Commissioned to create an architectural graphic rendering of a commercial building in New York

Sep 2021 - Sep 2021

Freelancer Architectural Designer, Lagos, NG, Micro-Home Architectural Designer

// Designed a micro home that accommodates single and multiple occupants in Lagos state.

// Coalesced through the concept, schematic and design development phase which was rendered on Revit.

// I integrated locally sourced materials taking advantage of the natural resources which creates an affordable housing strategy for individuals with varying incomes.

May 2020 - Jul 2020

Freelance Architectural Designer, Lagos, NG, Affordable Housing Architectural Designer

// Designed a 16 unit family-friendly affordable housing in Lagos State.

// Executed all phases which involved concept and schematic development. It comprised of hand sketches, which I translated into final construction drawings using revit.

// Managed time and workload to fulfil my commitment to the project as well as the completion of my masters degree studies.

Aug 2019 - Dec 2019

Freelancer Interior Environment Designer, San Francisco, CA, US, Commercial Interior Environment Designer

// Partnered with an animation student to create animated content for a cloud service software engineering company.

// Redesigned the interior environment and specified appropriate commercial furnishings and finishes for the animation using 3Ds Max.

// Contributing on this project sped up the design process and led to my personal satisfaction.

Jul 2018 - Sep 2018

Freelance Architectural Designer, Lagos, NG, Luxury Private Estate Architectural Designer

// Undertook a hybrid high-end private and estate development design in Delta state.

// Orchestrated all design phases which involved concept and schematic design development. It comprised of visual hand sketches, which I translated into final construction drawings using Revit.

// Adopted sustainable construction methods in the design process. I probed the use of skylights, taking advantage of the constant sunshine in Nigeria. This encouraged less use of artificial lights.

Oct 2016 - Jan 2017

lawson Robb, London, Architecture Intern

// Collaborated effort with senior designers on the design of a high-end bachelor pad in London’s South Kensington.

// Participated in a design charrette which involved hand sketches and graphic illustrations. I contributed an upholstered sofa design which was subsequently used at the client pitch.

// Coalesced through the schematic and design development phase which involved AutoCAD tasks and led to an internship appraisal for competence and design execution.

// Managed time and workload to meet deadlines and commitments with periodic interaction and direction from project leaders while sharing knowledge with less experienced intern.

Aug 2016 - Sep 2016


Academy Of Art University, San Francisco, CA, US, Masters, Interior Architecture and Design

M.F.A Modules includes:

// Spring 2017: (GLA 602) The Art & Ideology of the 20th Century, (IAD 600) Concept, Theory and the Design Process, (IAD 603) Sketching & Perspective for Interior Environments.

// Summer 2017: (IAD 602) Building Systems for Interior Design, (IAD 610) Spatial Design.

// Fall 2017: (IAD 604) Lighting Design, (IAD 612) Material Use, (IAD 640) Light and Colour Perception.

// Spring 2018: (GR 616) Making Ideas Visible, (IAD 613) Midpoint, (IAD 625) Survey of Sustainable Design.

// Summer 2018: (IAD 810) Concept, (GLA 617) Mythology for the Modern World.

// Fall 2018: (IAD 636) Modern Design Studio, (IAD 621) 3D Modeling, (IAD 812) Programming & Space Planning.

// Spring 2019: (GLA 634) Professional Practice for interior Designers, (IAD 830) Design Development, (IAD 834) Materials.

// Fall 2019: (IAD 838) Thesis Visualization, (IAD 850) Thesis Implementation

Feb 2017 - Dec 2019

University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, Bachelors, Architectural Design Technology

B.S.C Modules includes:

Year 1 // September 2013 - July 2014: (001) Architectural Detailing-Services, Fittings and Furnishings, (002) Applied Design Studio, (003) Architectural Detailing (Technology), (004) Design Studio (Art, Drawing, Process and Models), (005) Digital Design, (006) Professional and Environmental Studies.

Year 2 // September 2014 - July 2015: (001) Advanced Construction, Structure and Service, (002) Built Environment Legislation, (003) Conservation and Preservation of Buildings, (004) Integrated Design, (005) Production Information and Specification, (006) Property Re-Use

Year 3 // September 2015 - July 2016: (001) Building Information Modelling Technologies, (002) Building Pathology, (003) Contract Administration, (004) Major Project and Exhibition, (005) Major Project Research

Sep 2013 - Jul 2016



An exclusive certificate content into the Groups and Maisons that make up LVMH while being heavily educated in their heritage, services, design and market process which resulted to 94% result


Academy of Art University, Spring Show, Award

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