Yoshimi Kawakami

Yoshimi Kawakami

South Pasadena, CA, US



Currently I run my own design/build firm in South Pasadena, CA.  I do small commercial projects, tenant improvements and residential remodels, additions and renovations.

Previously I worked in the hospitality design industry for high end hotel and restaurant designers in Los Angeles and in New York City.

I am looking to get back into hospitality design or a related field because of the slow down in construction.  Also I am bothered by the increasing number of government requirements (fees) and restrictions (lead abatement) for a small firm with a shinking profit margin.


Cobabe Kawakami, Partner

Partnership with decorator. Provided interior design and purchasing services for small commercial and residential projects

Jan 1991 - Jan 2000

Intradesign, Senior designer

Design high end hotels and residence. Coordinate contract document and FF&E. Schematic design, design development and project management.

Jan 1997 - Jan 1998

DRDC, Dennis Reedy Design Consultants, Senior designer

Design for high end international hotels. Assemble drawing and specification packages for principle.

Sep 1989 - Oct 1990

Charles Morris Mount, Inc, Design director

Director of design office specializing in restaurant design. Managed design studio with up to 8 designers. Work flow oversight and employee management.

Client contact and business development.

Jan 1988 - Aug 1990


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Extension, Environmental and Interior Design

Presentation skills
Interior design principles

Sep 1982 - Jul 1984

West Los Angeles College, general ed.

general education
received AA degree

Jan 1981 - Jan 1982


ASID (Los Angeles Chapter), 1st Place

Design Competition, Pasadena Showcase House


Areas of Specialization