Michelle Aitala, ASID, NCIDQ

Michelle Aitala, ASID, NCIDQ

Los Angeles, CA, US


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ASID Professional Level.  NCIDQ #29505.

Interior designer with 10 years experience in the hospitality design industry, focusing on restaurant projects from 1,000 to 10,000 SF.  



Shook Kelley, Los Angeles, CA, US, Interior Designer

Aug 2014 - current

Interior Designer/Independent, Los Angeles, CA, US, Interior Designer

Feb 2014 - current

Ralph Gentile Architects, Los Angeles, CA, US, Interior Designer

Create design concept options and presentation boards for client review and approval. Develop and draft schematic designs through all phases to final draft of construction documents. Draft complete Construction Documents including plans (floor, finish, furniture, RCP), sections, elevations, construction details, millwork and specialty items.

Prepare bid sets for contractors, engineers and food service consultants. Submit plans to city offices and coordinate corrections. Prepare RFPs for food service, structural, lighting, and MEP consultants. Select FF&E and manage ID specifications. Attend construction observation meetings, prepare RFI responses, review submittals, and coordinate information between consultants, clients, and the GC. Familiar with current building and ADA codes.

Additional: Assisted with and coordinated marketing efforts. Created and wrote newsletters sent to clients, consultants, and vendors. Developed social media profiles and postings. Wrote marketing and press release documents. Advertised and interviewed job candidates, trained office managers and assisted training of new designers. Served as office manager for first year of employment.

Partial List of Projects as Lead Designer:

Sea Grill (In construction), Beverly Hills, CA
Georgetown Cupcake, Los Angeles, CA
Next Door by Josie, Santa Monica, CA
Beachwood BBQ & Brewery, Long Beach, CA
Howard Hughes Center, Los Angeles, CA (Landlord improvements for Dave & Busters)
d.vino Italian Food and Wine Bar / Dragon Noodle Co. Restaurant, Las Vegas, Nevada
Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro, Las Vegas, Nevada
Truxton’s Short Order, Los Angeles, CA

Design Team Member:

Yellowtail, West Hollywood, CA
Chi Lin / RivaBella Restaurants, West Hollywood, CA
FEED Body & Soul, Venice, CA
Red O, Los Angeles, CA
Gus’s Barbecue, South Pasadena, CA
Bar Pintxo, Santa Monica, CA
The Original Tops, Pasadena, CA
Toscanova, Los Angeles, CA
Pala Casino Resort Hotel, Various Restaurants, San Diego, CA
Truxton’s American Bistro, Los Angeles, CA
The Farm of Beverly Hills, Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Feb 2004 - Feb 2014


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US, Professional Certificate in Interior Design

Professional Certificate in Interior Design - Completed the same coursework which now comprises the current Master of Interior Architecture co-sponsored by UCLA Extension/Cal Poly Pomona.

Accrued 5 years professional interior design experience while enrolled in the program. Trained in AutoCAD 2D and 3D, and Sketchup.

Jun 2003 - Jan 2009

Villanova University, Villanova, PA, US, Masters, Counseling and Human Relations

Aug 1993 - Jun 1996

Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA, US, Bachelors, Psychology

Sep 1988 - Jun 1992


The Boutique 18, Award

Boutique Design, “The Boutique 18” Award for Hospitality Designers, Las Vegas, NV


Areas of Specialization 


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