Miki Fujiwara

Miki Fujiwara

Chicago, IL, US



Driven by the ever-changing world and the inspiring people around me, I am looking for a firm that questions, designs and builds in all aspects of design, from space planning to landscape and furniture design. Starting from learning from the people directly around me, I would love to be a part of working professionals from all around the globe, and learn the ropes to becoming a well-rounded designer and architect. 

I love food, animals and traveling to new places - a combination of the three would be even better. 



Fujiwa Tiles, Anaheim, CA, US, Graphic Designer, Office Assistant, Accountant

I am in charge of the design of the yearly catalog, which I have been doing since 2009 (InDesign, Photoshop, and photography). On the side, I have learned to use Accountmate and to take care of the sales and invoices coming in and out daily, as well as answering phones and providing customer service.

Jun 2006 - current

Berliner Architects, Culver City, CA, US, Junior Designer

Post-graduation, I have worked at Berliner Architects, where I have developed an overarching idea of how the field of architecture works. Having been involved in projects at every step of the design and construction process, I feel very blessed to have been mentored by architects who each have their own strengths and have learned so much from each of them.

Oct 2015 - Jun 2016

Professor James Steele, Los Angeles, CA, US, Assistant / Photographer

Professor James Steele of University of Southern California is currently writing a book on the influences of Japanese and world history on the evolution of architecture in Japan. I am helping him collect and organize all of the images needed. This summer, I also traveled across Japan to take photographs of needed buildings for this book.

Sep 2013 - Jan 2016

eVolo Magazine, Los Angeles, CA, US, Student Intern

Carlo Aiello of eVolo Magazine is working on the design and construction of his own house. We began the process with site analysis of the 40' slope difference on the site, went through city code, and created a site model out of styrene. I also helped with the initial concept design for the house.

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

Lehrer Architects, Los Angeles, CA, US, Student Intern

I assisted with projects from the conceptual stage (modeling of existing residence and helping cut it apart and re-create), to making details for construction drawings, as well as putting together design competition pamphlets for submittal.

Aug 2013 - Dec 2013

AUAU Architecture Institute, Nagoya, JP, Student Intern

Built many, many foamcore models to help with the design process, as well as made sketchup and photoshop renderings of existing projects, and made construction drawings for the AUAU office/house.

May 2012 - Aug 2012

orange county register, Orange, CA, US, Staff Writer/Intern

I was a writer and photographer for the Food Maven Blog on the Life section of the Orange County Register newspaper. I interviewed new and upcoming restaurants/vendors as well as old resurfacing ones and taste tested food, drinks and desert as well as photograph for publication in the newspaper and online blog.

Jun 2009 - Aug 2009


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

Enrolled in the Five-year Bachelor of Architecture Program at USC, I received a good background education into the architectural field, with classes such as the architectural theory, architectural history, structures, revit classes, and of course studio.

In the Summer of my third year, I went to study abroad in Asia where we traveled to Japan, China, Hong Kong, Cambodia, and Malaysia. We had a joint studio at the Kuala Lumpur University to redesign a traditional tribe's historic and culture center as well as a shelter for abused and homeless children.

On the side, I learned how to play the guitar and the drums, learned how to speak Chinese and Korean, and did some yoga. Dragon boating also played a big part in my life at USC.

Aug 2010 - May 2015


Global Scholar Prize Recipient, Scholarship

Study Abroad in Asia - Summer 2013. Chow Kit Roof Renovation

The Global Scholars program is intended to recognize and celebrate USC undergraduate students who have excelled academically while becoming world-citizens. Global Scholar designees will graduate from USC with at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA and will have spent at least ten weeks abroad either through study abroad programs, internship opportunities, service work, or a combination of these efforts.

Global Scholars will receive a medallion to wear at graduation, have their designation noted on their final transcript from the University, and will receive a $10,000 prize toward graduate study.



Discovery Scholar, Award

Doris Sung Thesis Studio Project - Elasticity

The Discovery Scholars program is intended to recognize and celebrate USC undergraduates who have excelled academically while making a meaningful contribution to their field of study through exceptional new scholarship or artistic work. Discovery Scholar designees will graduate from USC with at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA and will have completed a significant senior project.



Orco Block Co. Design Competition, 3rd Place

3rd Place & Best Hardscape Design

This concept for a masonry design block was for a stackable and paveable block that was mainly for the creation of a green wall. Many masonry is used in hot climates for its insulating abilities and this wall could be even more so with the help of a green wall.

This competition was held in many schools around the US and within those schools, one is elected to compete for the final prize.


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