Lilliana Castro: Founder & Chief Creative



Lilliana Castro is a multi-disciplinary designer, living and working in Los Angeles, with a holistic philosophy on design. Originally from San Salvador, El Salvador, she is a graduate of The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).

She is the founder and Chief Creative of Acheffect, established in 2010 to bridge her passion for graphics and architecture, with the ethos that design is one and can be accessible to all. Her designs primarily focus on identity, examining the concepts of place, culture and empowerment.

She is a queer womxn, feminist, and an activist with a grassroots and punk-rock approach. Her work has been experienced at the Architecture + Design Museum ‘Come In Les Femmes’, the Coachella Music & Arts Festival 2012, EDC Las Vegas 2013, Coachella Music & Arts Festival 2014, and most recently the 1st place award winner of the Yes to ADU Design Competition in Los Angeles to alleviate the humanitarian crisis of homelessness.


Archeffect Design, 2010 – Present
Founder + Chief Creative

Pasadena City College, 2020 – Present
Architecture Professor VAMS

LAIAD, 2016 – 2017
Architecture Professor

5+design, 2015 – 2020
Graphic Designer

STEREOBOT, 2006 – 2016
Designer, Fabricator, Project Manager


The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
Bachelor’s of Architecture, 2008
Milano Exchange Program: Design is One Architecture, Furniture, Fashion and Car Design
NO9: New Orlean’s Design Build Outreach, Lower Ninth Ward Housing/Hurricane Katrina Rebuild

Universidad Iberoamericana, Ciudad de México
Study Abroad, 2007
ECO-Communities, and Architectural Sustainable Strategies<

Pasadena City College
Associates in Arts, 2005
Architecture, Art, Music, General Education