Design, Illustration, Architecture

I am a New York City-based, Lagos-born learner, spacemaker, storyteller, designer, creator, and illustrator showcasing my work online as @ureunbothered.

My creative practice uses organic shapes and bold colors as tools to center and celebrate the necessary rest, care, and tenderness that is rarely associated with blackness, especially black womanhood. Through my works across a variety of design media including architecture, illustration, and technology, I explore elements of my personal life, aspirations, and identity.

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation where

I was the recipient of the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize award for the most outstanding student in the final semester design studios. I currently serve as a Board of Director at Ubuntu Education, Inc. whose mission is to decolonize and recalibrate how architecture is being taught, designed, and experienced in order to pave way for more equitable and socially conscious design globally.

I currently work as a designer at 2x4.

For partnerships and job opportunities, or just to say hi, feel free to get in touch at ure@urechioguguo.com.

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Education 

2019 - 2021

Columbia University

Master of Architecture

2013 - 2017

University of Texas at San Antonio

Bachelor of Science in Architecture

2017

Università degli Studi di Urbino

Semester Study Abroad

Skills

Technical - Metal Welding, Model Making, Hand Drafting, Sketching, Laser Cutting, CNC Milling, 3D Printing, Woodworking

Digital - Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino, Revit, AutoCAD, Unreal Engine, Procreate

Language - English (native), Igbo (basic), American Sign Language (basic, fingerspelling)

Work Experience

2021 - Present

2 x 4 Inc., Junior Designer

Conceptualizing, strategizing, designing, and presenting graphics, architectural, and branding ideas to multinational clients in collaboration with the 2x4 Space/ Architecture Team.

2018 - Present

Urechi Oguguo LLC, Founder + Illustrator

Collaborating with clients to conceptualize and tell compelling stories of/for their business,brands, or personal identities through vibrant illustrations and designs.

2020 - 2021

Columbia University GSAPP, Events Assistant

Created posters, schedules and other program event collateral. Edited the GSAPP website and provided technical assistance during/ in preparation for GSAPP Lectures and Discussions.

2020 - 2020

Barnard College | Advanced Architectural Research+Design, Teaching Assistant

Provided design mentorship to students and assisted Karen Fairbanks in conducting her senior architecture studio course at Barnard + Columbia College.

2019 - 2021

Columbia University GSAPP, Makerspace Assistant

Handled and maintained the machinery and equipment in the workshop. Assisted with student workflow through the workshop space.

2018 - 2019

Overland Partners, Architectural Intern

Created schematic design sketches for a architecture and landscape design projects. Presented ideas to and discussed design decisions with clients. Created pristine site-models for large scale design projects.

2018 - 2018

Participation Studio (PARTS), Designer

Designed posters, fliers, way-finding and exhibition design materials for several community events. Helped facilitate design charrettes at local community meetings around the city of San Antonio.

Leadership/ Involvement

2020 - Present

Ubuntu Education Inc., Design ‘InDuna’ + Program Coordinator + Director

Assisted in building a curriculum for the annual Summer Abroad program, and led with outreach to students from around globe to collaborate on a design for a home for the Ngcobo Family in Durban, South Africa. Serving our mission to decolonize and recalibrate how architecture is being taught, designed, and experienced in order to pave way for more equitable and socially conscious design globally.

2020 - 2021

Columbia University GSAPP, Black Students Alliance

Served on the Board as Social Chair

2016 - 2017

UTSA College of Architecture, American Institute of Architecture Students Served on the Board as Studio Culture Chair

Awards 

2019 - 2021

Columbia University Avery Scholarship

2017 - 2018

AIA Component Scholarship

2017 - 2018

San Antonio Masonry Contractors Component Scholarship

Exhibitions 

2019

RAW Artists Showcase. San Antonio, TX

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