Michele Hottel

Michele Hottel

La Mesa, CA, US



I have been practicing Architecture with my own firm since 1994. Prior to that I was a consultant with other Architecture and Engineering firms in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas for twelve years before and after attending Cal Poly, Pomona for Architecture. One can read my blog, "I've never met a woman architect before..." a blog about my life... , the trials and tribulations, as one could say, of being a woman, a mother, a wife, a volunteer, a public servant, and last but not least, an architect.

I am also a Commissioner and Subject Matter Expert for the California Architects Board, a City of La Mesa Planning Commissioner in her third term, the Chair of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Chair of the Custom Residential Architecture Network (CRAN) for the AIA San Diego and Palomar Chapters. I was the Chair of the Committee for AIA California's Inaugural Housing Forum for attainable housing. was on the Board and Past President of the La Mesa Arts Alliance, served as a La Mesa Parks and Recreation Board Member, a La Mesa Centennial Planning Committee member and lead the Centennial Legacy Project Subcommittee.


Michele Grace Hottel, Architect, La Mesa, CA, US, Owner?Architect

As a sole proprietor:
I get the clients and the projects
I research the project
I design the project
I do the construction documents for the project
I assist with bidding for the
I observe the construction of the project
And I see the clients like the work.

Or as some people say,

As a sole proprietor I am always hustling...

Mar 1994 - current


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Pomona, CA, BArch, Architecture

Though i completed the program, I was remiss to pass College Algebra and since June 1988, I have attempted a few times to complete required course. Tomorrow is another day!!!

Sep 1984 - Jun 2020

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