Michelle Roxanne Aquino

Michelle Roxanne Aquino

Redondo Beach, CA, US



Born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Miami, FL, since the age of three, I have enjoyed experiencing and being influenced by different cultures of Asia, South Americae and the Caribbean. A passion driven individual balancing left and right brain; I function in a methodical and organized approach while thriving in creative industries. I moved from the east coast in 2003 to Los Angeles where interior design is prominent and thriving. I received a BS in Interior Design from a CIDA accredited program, and would like to further my studies in Sustainable Design as well as becoming LEED GA certified. Most of my work experience has been in Office Management; however, I look forward to using and expanding my skill set within the Architecture, Interior Design and Sustainable Design fields.


PCC-TBSC, Los Angeles, CA, US, Dispute Resolution Manager

Work with team handling disputed accounts for Loss Recovery agency and correspond directly with financial institutions in obtaining documentation. Developed procedures to maintain efficiency and diligent in keeping Dispute Department within federal regulations. Work with credit reporting agencies in submitting corrected information. Proposed and implemented training program to improve collection totals on disputed accounts.

Jan 2008 - current

HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates, Santa Monica, CA, US, Interior Design Internship

Assisted principal and senior designers in different phases of international hospitality design. Contacted domestic and international vendors to order materials and ensured they were received by deadlines. Pulled samples from library for designer’s approval, assembled material reference boards and prepared components for presentation boards. Organized library materials and catalogs.

Feb 2010 - May 2010

PlantNation, Inc., Sherman Oaks, CA, US, Office Manager

Developed structural office procedures for Landscape Design Firm, responsible for communications between principal, multiple designers, vendors, and clientele. Arranged meetings with potential clients, assisted designers with proposals and contracts, organized daily schedules and tasks for installation crews. Researched and ordered materials for projects, corresponded with attorneys and insurance companies.

Sep 2006 - Dec 2007

Health Within Holistic Center, Beverly Hills, CA, US, Office Manager

Coordinated and organized all aspects of front office, worked with multiple physicians, scheduled patients and verified coverage with insurance companies. Directed staff with daily schedules, handled ordering of office and health supplies, maintained accounts receivable and accounts payable, trained new employees. Created structural procedures to support a busy multi-practice office.

Aug 2004 - Aug 2006

Company Confidential, Beverly Hills, CA, US, Design Assistant

Assisted architect/interior designer with local and international high-profile residential projects: Royal Families of Saudi Arabia. Maintained organization of office, project materials, and resource library. Created purchase orders and billing spreadsheets, handled project bookkeeping, research, frequented Pacific Design Center and various showrooms to select textile samples. Direct contact with vendors, international shipping company, and monitored progress of custom design pieces.

Jun 2003 - Jul 2004

Miami Dade College, Miami, FL, US, Captionist

Learning aide for students who have physical or mental impairments. Specialized in C-Print, an adaptive accommodation using a computer-aided-speech-to-print transcription system for in-class college lectures assisting mainly deaf and visually impaired students, programs included Microsoft Word and Instant Text. Acquired typing speed of 150+ wpm using abbreviation system. Performed basic office duties and served as a tutor in Access, Disability Services Department.

Aug 2001 - May 2003

Hibiscus Hill, Miami, FL, US, Store Manager

Handled orders and claims with various merchants, documented received and outgoing shipment of fine furnishings and unique designer accessories, assistant buyer, arranged store displays, selected and trained associates through basic operations and store functions, maintained appearance of high-end boutique.

Jun 1999 - Aug 2001


California State University, Northridge, CA, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

CIDA accredited program, Interior Design in the department of Family & Consumer Sciences: encompasses the study of relationships among people and their personal environments, focusing on the impact of physical, biological, and social environments on human behavior and development. Studied Family Resource Management, Individual and Family development, Art today and Art History, History of Architecture and Interior Design, textiles, hand rendering, residential and commercial design, intro to lighting design, building and ADA codes, AutoCAD and photoshop rendering, model builidng, intro to sustainable design, biophilia and biomimicry.

Aug 2006 - May 2010

Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA, US, Interior Architectural Design

Studied the selection and specification of contract and residential surface materials and
furniture, advanced perspective sketching and visualization, architecture and furniture styles, architectural drafting and working drawings, interior codes, custom residential design and space planning. Completed requirements to transfer to California State University, Northridge.

Jan 2004 - May 2006

Florida International University, Miami, FL, US, Core Curriculum

Began core curriculum in the subjects of English, Math and Science.

Jun 1996 - Dec 1998

Areas of Specialization 


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