Michael Merino

Michael Merino

Orange, CA, US




United States Navy Reserve, Captain, Civil Engineer Corps

- Oversight of $100 million in facilities, construction, and maintenance across the globe
- Management of more than 2,000+ SEABEES delivering world-wide construction support
- Design & development of a wide variety of Navy & DoD facility types and functions

Aug 1988 - current

AECOM, Orange, CA, US, Studio Lead (Techinical)

- Lead architect for design studio in So. California division of this international A-E firm
- Responsible for development, design and management of projects exceeding $100 million
- Manages teams of 30+ staff members & oversees project quality control/assurance systems

Oct 2015 - Nov 2016

US Dept of Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, US, Supervisory Architect

- Lead architect for major healthcare infrastructure projects at regional VA Medical Center
- Responsible for development, design and management of projects exceeding $75 million
- Managed teams of 20+ including federal staff, consultants & multiple user groups

Aug 2013 - Jul 2015

Michael Merino Architects, Orange, CA, US, Principal / CEO

- Leader of a full-service A-E firm supporting public-sector capital improvement projects
- Managed projects ranging from $250,000 to $10 million w/ less than 1% change order rate
- Provided services to more than 40 local, county, state, federal agencies throughout So. CA

Jan 1996 - Jul 2013

WLC Architects, Inc., Rancho Cucamonga, CA, US, Project Architect

- Responsible for the development of 100+ successful public-sector projects
- Remained 100% profitable during the tenure of the position
- Ensured full customer satisfaction and lead production teams of various sizes

Jun 1986 - Dec 1995


Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, US, PhD, Political Science

Jan 2015 - current

Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, US, Masters, Political Science

Jan 2013 - Dec 2015

US Naval War College, Newport, RI, US, Masters, National Security & Strategic Studies

Sep 1999 - Jun 2004

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

Sep 1981 - Jun 1986


AIA Special Commendation, Award

In recognition of distinguished service to the community and the architectural profession.


Wilbur Johnston Award, Award

Outstanding Woodwork Specifications


Areas of Specialization