Maxie Karimian

Maxie Karimian

Los Angeles, CA, US



California licensed architect with over 25 years of retail architecture experience


MKArchitec, Los Angeles, Architect

Self Employed

Jul 2015 - current

Forever 21 - Corporate HQ, Los Angeles, CA, US, Director of Architecture

Director of Architecture department in charge of implementing prototype deign for new domestic and international store openings from deign development to construction administration phase.
I was in charge of all outside consultants contract reviews and approvals.
I also worked closely with landlords, real estate team, operation ,purchasing and construction team to obtain necessary information and ensure all projects were completed on time and on schedule.

Feb 2005 - Jul 2015

Tarom Group, Tiburon, CA, US, Director of Architecture

Director of architecture department in charge of development projects such as custom single family homes, multi family residential projects, commercial and retail projects.

Sep 2005 - Jan 2007

MKArchitect- self employed, Los Angeles, CA, US, Owner

Self employed-In charge of prototype Design, construction documents and construction administration for numerous roll outs and individual retail stores. I also consulted with other architectural firms from initial design phase through construction documents and construction administration. In addition I provide architectural services as a consultant for large development companies such as Westfield Corporation and Macerich development Company

Sep 2000 - Sep 2005

Forever 21 inc, Forever21 (Fashion 21, Inc.) 2001 S. Alameda Los Angeles, CA, In house architect

Director of in house Architecture department in charge of tenant improvements of existing
Stores and new nationwide prototype store design and construction.

Aug 1998 - Sep 2000

Westfield Corporation, Tenant coordinator

Tenant Coordinator, responsible for coordination of tenant drawings and construction
In the shopping Malls owned or managed by Westfield Corporation.

Sep 1997 - Aug 1998

JT Nakaoka Associates Architects, 10390 Santa Monica Blvd., #307, Los Angeles, Ca 90025 , Project Manager

Project manager in charge of tenant improvements of various retail stores from
Initial design phase through construction administration.

Oct 1987 - Mar 1996


Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1981 - Mar 1985

Utah Technical College, Salt Lake City, UT, US, Architecture

Technical school for architecture

Mar 1979 - Mar 1981


National drafting award, Honorable Mention

National drafting award from American institute for design and drafting


Areas of Specialization