Naoko Minami

Naoko Minami

Los Angeles, CA, US



An intelligent and highly-driven graduate of University of Southern California, eager to offer her skills of detail-oriented design approach; sophisticated analytical thinking capacity; highly effective communication skills; fluency in English and Japanese; and passion not only for architecture but also for a broad range of disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, linguistics, sociology and literature.

Available for entry level position beginning May 1, 2017.

Skills: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Rhinoceros, Vray for Rhino, Grasshopper, SketchUp


Kengo Kuma and Associates, Tokyo, JP, Model maker

Created study models, structure models, presentation models and furniture models of various projects including hotel, restaurant, housing and pavilion. Worked mostly with foam, foamcore, wood, plastic, and paint. Used x-acto knife, foam cutter and laser cutter.

May 2015 - Aug 2015

Torafu Architects, Tokyo, JP, Project Intern

Took part in various stages of project development, including drafting, 3D modelling, model-making, rendering, site-visits, and installation of architecture exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. Acquired comprehensive understanding of project development and effective teamwork.

May 2014 - Aug 2014


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

Aug 2012 - Dec 2016


Outstanding Research Award, 1st Place

Upon graduation, I was awarded 1st place for my thesis, "Why So Serious? Players Guide for the Game of Architecture". The originality of the perspective and the sophisticated argument were highly recognized.


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