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Who we are

ARCHEFFECT is a multi-disciplinary, intersectional design studio based in Los Angeles, California. We center womxn, people of color and our queer community (QTBIPOC) in our work and use our collaborative design processes to address challenges our communities face.

Founded in 2010 by Lilliana Castro, a Salvadoran immigrant and queer-punk feminist, on the premise that the role of the designer is a facilitator rather than an expert. We share our knowledge and tools with our community for design to be accessible and inclusive to all.

Our work is rooted in the empowerment and cultivation of community.

We draw from our intersections and experiences to foster equity and create platforms for our Clients to increase visibility, amplify their voices and deepen their impact.

We believe our work has a greater purpose and working together we contribute a to a larger discourse that challenges social constructs, promotes agency, and impacts policy.

We work to uplift traditional, indigenous, and local knowledge and practices, working towards sustainable outcomes for our communities to have representation and agency.

What we do

Our projects range from conceptual design to implementation:

  • architectural design
  • art installations
  • brand architecture
  • graphic design
  • identity development
  • print design
“If you can design one thing, you can design everything.”
Massimo Vignelli


  • Archeffect V2.0
  • Temaquixtiliztli Art Exhibit 7/20/19