Nina Hiken

Nina Hiken

Los Angeles, CA, US




I'm an interior designer based in Hollywood, California. I am a LEED AP and an allied member of ASID. I am accruing my hours towards NCIDQ qualification.

My mission: to create the environment you need for your work or home life. Charles Eames said, "Love and discipline [make good design]" and I follow this credo.

I believe that design is what we do for the client, honoring their need to function and be comfortable in their space.

I currently consult for boutique design firms in Southern and Northern California, most notably Passerelle Investment Group, a niche development group focusing on custom tenant improvements and the upgrade of main street environments. 

I also have the privilege of working with several high end residential firms here in Los Angeles, and have been assistant designer on major remodels.



Christina Karras Design, Santa Monica, Interior Design Consultant

Assistant to Ms. Karras on the design concept proposal for the remodel of the Sierra Towers Penthouse East. Sourced all surface materials, created presentation boards.Retained as Interior Design Assistant to Ms. Karras.

Apr 2012 - current

Abbott Moon Designs, Los Angeles, CA, US, CAD Drafter, on site design assistant

AutoCAD drafter and design associate for this studio’s design projects, Entrusted to work directly with clients to finalize project details, sourcing, and installations.

Sep 2011 - current

ALTER by Jackie Page, Los Angeles, CA, US, Interior Design Consultant

Assistant to principal for this high end residential design firm: SketchUp renderings & CAD drawings for remodeling & built-ins, color theory, space planning, sourcing, sample library, job site supervision, installation & staging.

May 2011 - current

Passerelle Investment Group, Los Altos, CA, US, Design Consultant

Design consultant for this commercial real estate development firm: design, draw & implement tenant improvement packages in CAD & SketchUp, work with owner & tenant to create programs, consult on company branding identification, manage the ongoing 3D design model of downtown Los Altos.

Jan 2011 - current

Amigos de los Rios, Alta Dena, Ca., Design Assistant

Design Assistant to landscape architects for this non-profit green infrastructure design firm, creator of graphic/visual communication, park management plans, site surveys, site design schedules, grant writing & lead project researcher.

Jan 2010 - Dec 2010

CRA: Creative Resource Associates, Woodland Hills, CA, US, CAD Drafter

Hired by Thesis advisor to join team to help meet project deadline CAD drawings for Marriott and Hyatt Hotel room remodels. Custom millwork elevations, plans, and sections, AutoCad 2010.

Dec 2009 - Mar 2010

Peter Dunham Design, West Hollywood, CA, US, Design Intern

I worked directly with Mr. Dunham and his team. Under Mr. Dunham's direction, I produced textile patterns, supervised installations, managed the sample library, and assisted in the design office.

Feb 2008 - Mar 2008


UCLA Extension, Los Angeles, CA, US, Masters, UCLA Extension Architecture & Interior Design

Please note: my degree is a master's equivalent. Cal Poly Pomona is now granting a masters for exactly the same 30 post graduate courses I completed.

Jan 2006 - Dec 2009

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, Bachelors, French

Jan 1981 - Jun 1986


James T. Northcutt First Year Design Student Competition, 1st Place

This $1000.00 scholarship is awarded to the student who creates the best presentation board translation of a great architect or designer. I translated Frank Gehry. A photograph of my board is in the Portfolio section.


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