Ndemina Abbiyesuku

Ndemina Abbiyesuku

San Francisco, CA, US



“...a combination of high minded ideas or ideals and excellence in form is what compels the human imagination and spirit”. Friedrich Schiller.

In my career so far as a Designer, I have had a variety of Design culture experiences, experimented with various art media and a multitude of CAD/BIM use. With a strong educatioinal background in the art as well as the technological side of architecture, I have a well rounded approach to Architecture from conception through to technical production.

Beyond more core skill set, I also have a penchant for problem solving and like to draw inspiration from life experiences, travel and social interaction. Constantly improving my Design and Artistic abilities by drawing from all areas of my life is a continuous endeavor that I truly enjoy.

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

Design informed by strong artistic intuition, practical sensibility, philosophical flair and implementation using Innovative technology summarizes my approach as a Designer.

According to me, concept development is a process that involves Sketching, software/robotic methods and the elaboration of a poetic narrative responding to the context specific to the site, space or building to be designed.

Projects i’ve worked on range in size from 4,500SQFT to 3,500,000SQFT and type from spec. office buildings, corporate campuses, education and culture center, financial services firms, professional services offices and tech. offices (either interior or exterior).

In parallel, I have a strong interest in parametric models and using them as a tool for design. I believe parametric systems have the potential to bring back Ornamentation in Design in ways beyond just an applied aesthetic, one that’s a symbiosis of primary and secondary building structural systems.  But parametrics alone cannot make good design, cllassical methods of Site analysis, spacial phenomenology and a site specific poetic conception could together bring a human dimension to an otherwise cold and engineered process.

I believe the form complements the human spirit as the human continues to make beautiful form (beautiful and practical Architecture).

PROCESS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
I instinctively start by sketching, quickly moving to 3d applications (testing massing models, daylight and energy models, programmatic schemes); I can then translate loose concepts into precise working drawings.

Working as part of a team is essential in an architectural practice, and I believe in championing the group’s best ideas. An individuals innovative notion can only be brought to life by the collective imput of colleagues varied expertise.

Finally, I am able to adapt my process to suite projects from small to large budgets and in locations around the world. Living and learning experiences across Africa, Europe and America, has set a tone for a multicultural perception of Architecture and the Arts, which I strive to draw from to create beautiful architecture.

Please find selected personal and academic portfolio at -


Foster + Partners, Cupertino, CA, US, Designer

Sep 2015 - current

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

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

Mar 2013 - Aug 2015

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