Debra Hakimi

Debra Hakimi

Santa Monica, CA, US

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I am a licensed architect with a demonstrated history of excellence working in the architecture & planning industry. I am skilled in AutoCAD, Revit, Adobe Suite, Microsoft Office, and have experience working on residential projects (single-family & multi-family), some commercial projects, and the interiors of hospitality. I am a strong arts and design professional with a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) focused in Architecture from University of Southern California.

I have seven years of experience at boutique firms, so I have worked on projects from beginning to end and I have worn many different hats. My greatest strength of being organized and detail-oriented leads to strong project management skills and excellent implementation of a design from concept to realization.  My first two jobs were at architectural firms and I took on the role as the lead designer / project manager. My previous job was at a renowned interior design firm, and I worked on the design and documentation of a luxury, 48-key hotel; my roles and responsibilities included developing the design, generating a drawing set and landscape set, creating FF&E and finish schedules, and creating custom furniture details. 



Knibb Design, Venice, CA, US, Managing Designer

I worked on schematics through CD's for a 46-key luxury, boutique hotel and a residential duplex. My responsibilities included creating design presentations, contributing significantly to interior design & exterior features, coordinating
with consultants, running project meetings, creating a landscape set, creating FF&E and building finish schedules, and creating custom FF&E drawing details.

Dec 2018 - Jan 2020

Debra Hakimi, Santa Monica, CA, US, Architect

I got licensed in December 2017 and opened up my own firm in January 2018. I specialize in single-family residential projects of various scales and budgets. I also freelance for professionals across the AEC industries.

Jan 2018 - Dec 2018

Soler Architecture and Design, Los Angeles, CA, US, Job Captain

I worked on the schematic phase all the way through the permitting phase on various projects. I worked mostly on single-family projects and some multi-family residential projects along with commercial projects. Responsibilities included design, client presentations, renderings, 3-D models, permit sets, and coordination with project team.

Mar 2016 - Dec 2017

Poon Design Inc., Beverly Hills, Junior Designer

I worked on mostly residential projects and one commercial project from the Schematic Design phase to the Construction Administration phase; I had a wide range of responsibilities included designing, creating client presentations, making 3-D models, creating permit sets as well as coordinating projects with clients, consultants and contractors.

Jul 2013 - Jul 2015


University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

The top-notch accredited architecture program at the University of Southern California was very comprehensive and well-rounded. In our first year, we learned how to hand draft, sketch, and started our Auto-CAD training, while learning basic design principles. Rhino training was introduced in our second year with the continuation of smaller scale and shorter projects. Third-year was a major shift in terms of project complexity and duration, as we spent the entire semester working on one project and getting into the details of the design through large scale physical models. In my fourth year, I studied abroad in Italy for one semester; it was life-changing and a turning point, as I had never left the country prior to that. For my fifth year thesis project, I chose to explore the connection between psychology and architecture to help discover ways to densify Los Angeles; my chosen method was infill housing that was adaptable and expandable between existing residences.

Aug 2008 - May 2013


Contributing Positively to the Studio Culture, 1st Place

Fifth Year Faculty Award at USC


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