Architect Austin Achado Asema was born into the family of late Thomas Achado Bebe of Kyonov, Ngyohov District of Gwer Local Government Area of Benue State, on the 13th August 1962, at Udei, in the present Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.
He had his elementary education at St. Francis Primary School, Aliade and secondary education at Mt. St. Gabriel’s Secondary School, Makurdi, Benue State.
He did his Post-Secondary Education at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained IJMB Certificate, BSc. Architecture and MSc. Architecture.
He has over 30 years of working experience, having served for eight( years in the Benue State Public Service, from 1988 – 1996. He joined the Benue State Local Government Service in 1988 as Pupil Architect and voluntarily retired as Principal Architect in 1996.
After his retirement, he founded Archtik Consultants, in 1996. Four years later, Archtik Consultants was granted Charter Registration by the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON).
Thereafter, Arc. Achado assembled high profile colleagues in the construction industry on the board of Archtik Consultants, offering consultancy services in Architecture, Engineering, Building, Quantity Surveying, Arbitration and Environmental Consultancy. As the Principal Partner/CEO, he is one amongst equals.
Arc. Achado is a FELLOW of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) and corporate member of Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON). He served as the Chapter Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), Benue State Chapter, from 2003 to November 2009 and National Ex-Officio Member of the Nigerian Institute of Architects from November 2009 to November 2011.
He is a founding member of the Association of Consulting Architects Nigeria (ACANigeria). Arc. Achado is a Chartered Member of Society of Construction Industry Arbitrators. He has served on several Arbitration Panels. He is registered as an Environmental Consultant with National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency(NESREA).
Architect Austin Asema Achado was married to Late (Mrs) Shidoo Yvonne Achado, who passed on 13th July, 2013. The marriage of 25years is blessed with four (4) children, two boys (2) and two(2) girls. Arc. Achado remarried in 2018 to Princess Freda Nguamo Achado(Nee Gendaga Damna). The new marriage is blessed with two boys.
Some of the landmark projects in Arc. Achado’s architectural practice include:
Senate Building of University of Maiduguri; Senate Building for Kaduna State University, Kaduna; Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi; Academic Publishing Centres, located in seven(7) Nigerian Universities and Nigeria Police Academy, Kano; Four(4) Floors Students’ Hostels for University of Benin and Federal University of Technology, Owerri; 3000 capacity Central Library and Indoor Sports Hall for Delta State University, Abraka and the design of the entire National Open University of Nigeria, main campus, Abuja. Arc Achado designed and Constructed the Tor Tiv Palace which was commissioned on 8th April 2021.
Despite Arc. Achado’s excellence in his career, he has indulged in business and excelled outside his architectural practice. His affection for quality education led to the founding of Angus College Makurdi and Benysta College Makurdi. It is imperative to note that such affection for education correlates with Arc. Achado’s flare for business. His other business ventures are Benysta Hotel Abuja, Benysta Hotel Aliade, Benysta Microfinance Bank Makurdi and City Bay Park Makurdi. Arc. Achado has served several organisations from his undergraduate days till date. Some of the organisations he served are as follows: former National President, National Union of Benue State Students (NUBESS), former Chairman Nigerian Institute of Architects Benue State Chapter, past President of the Benue Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture (BECCIMA), Past President, Rotary Club of Makurdi. Arc Achado who is a MAJOR DONOR to the Rotary Foundation and currently serves as Assistant Governor overseeing Rotary Clubs of Makurdi Sunrise, Gboko and Katsina Ala. Arc. Achado is the Patron of Benue Entrepreneurs Network.Arc. Achado is a Knight of the ancient and noble order of St. John International.
Arc. Achado has unmatchable record of community service in Benue State.
Some of his community service projects are as follows: Construction of Township Roads in Aliade, Installation of 500KVA transformers in Gwer East and Gwer West LGAs, construction of 2,000 capacity Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Church Aliade, in Gwer Local Government Area of Benue State.
He instituted scholarship scheme in Benue State University Makurdi and another scholarship scheme for Gwer LGA indigenes schooling in higher institutions in and outside Nigeria.
On empowerment, he has helped many young people to commence businesses through CBN/NIRSAL Loans, bought vehicles and motorcycles for people et cetera.
God bless the Veteran Architect!