Michele Pooley

Michele Pooley

Los Angeles, CA, US



The main focus of my career has been interior design for hospitals and healthcare facilities both in southern California and 28 states nationwide.

Since 2003, I have been mainly designing pediatric spaces in hospitals - play rooms, treatment rooms, exam rooms, etc. - and since 2011 have been doing this work on a freelance/self employed basis (as a result of a company reorganization at that time).

Although I love what I do, I am also interested in expanding my professional skills in other areas.

I am willing to accelerate any learning curves on my own time/"off the clock" in an effort to become a desirable candidate as necessary. Simply, I consider myself a quick learner and am highly flexible.

My current workload is such that I am seeking additional work  - should any type of work, including full time employment be offered, I would make arrangements in my schedule to make that my highest priority.



Starlight Children's Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Manager

 Managed all aspects of a national donor-funded program that transforms existing pediatric hospital spaces by utilizing creative and child-friendly design themes appealing to a wide audience and age range
 Assisted the marketing and development teams in attracting and retaining corporate and individual sponsors by creating themed design concept illustrations and recognition signage that will appeal to donors and be embraced by hospital personnel
 Prepared construction documents that include specification of finishes, furniture, medical equipment and accessories

 Reviewed and approved construction cost proposals, coordinate the work of General and/or Sub-Contractors and other vendors, facilitate project funding

 Problem-solved, balanced competing priorities, managed program budgets and nurtured project team relationships with a wide variety of corporate and private donors, executive board members, hospital departments, architects and end-users in various healthcare facilities nationwide

Jan 2003 - Apr 2011

PDC Interiors, Anaheim, CA, US, Interiro Designer/Project Manager

 Prepared budgets and contracts for design services in hospitals

 Provided project programming, design concepts and designed complex flooring patterns and custom millwork

 Managed multiple healthcare projects concurrently

 Developed and maintained strong client relationships

 Committee Chair for the implementation of in-house operational standards.

Aug 2001 - Jul 2002

Taylor Design, Newport Beach, CA, US, Interior Designer

 Designed interior finish, furniture and wayfinding standards for large hospital projects
 Developed color palettes and design themes for hospital projects while adhering to strict OSHPD regulations
 Prepared client presentations construction documents
 Coordinated interior design services with architects and other project consultants
 Mentored interior design students

Apr 1998 - Oct 2000

Ware Malcomb, Irvine, CA, US, Interior Designer

 Provided programming, space planning and finish selection for commercial tenant improvement and healthcare facilities projects
 Prepared client presentations, construction documents and assisted with project approvals while meeting with various city building officials
 Assisted senior design staff

Apr 1995 - Apr 1997


Design Institute of San Diego, Miramar, CA, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Sep 1991 - Jan 1995

Areas of Specialization 

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