Mike Chou

Mike Chou

Los Angeles, CA, US

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I found my love for architecture in its capability to analyze each situation, and apply appropriate design solutions to change and improve existing conditions. Each project becomes unique because of this process.

Over the past +7 years while working in Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio and AC Martin, I have managed several commercial, hospitality, and Higher Education projects from their initial design to completion, most them focused heavily on urban revitalization and encouraged larger social interaction. Both Courtyard by Marriott and Hampton Inn & Suites and projects on CSU-Fullerton are such examples.

Having being disciplined with both design-oriented first firm and PM/CA emphasized training later, I believe that I am equipped to excel in future challenging tasks. I was also fortunate enough to acquire the essential experience in each project phase, especially in agency reviews and client/contractor coordination. I am confident that my accumulated record would not only help me to quickly adept each firm’s design methodology, and also can greatly enrich the already dynamic portfolio in return. 


AC Martin, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Coordinator

- Organize design reviews with Owner, user group & president’s office
- Manage field coordination with GC & consultants during CD and CA phase as primary point of contact
- Research building codes and produce full Construction Documents for various AHJ reviews, such as DSA, SFM & Fire Department
- Review project cost estimate, RFIs and Submittals with General Contractor
- Participate in weekly OAC and review COR during project close out
- Administer project close-out and review close-out documents

Notable Projects:
- Multi-Family Mixed Use Project, Los Angeles Downtown, CA
- Pollak Library Renovation, Cal State University - Fullerton, CA Promenade
- Landscape Improvements, Cal State University - Fullerton, CA

May 2018 - Sep 2020

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio, Inc., Santa Monica, CA, US, Project Designer

As a project designer in the office, I have managed several single & multi family, commercial, hospitality, and institutional projects from their initial design to completion; they have helped me to develop a strong technical understanding in California Building Code, trained me to think critically when constructing building details, and provided me a solid foundation in construction development drawing knowledge and understanding of the construction process.

I also served as a liaison between the city and my client on Hampton Inn & Suites and Courtyard by Marriott projects located right on the edge of Third Street Promenade, organizing meetings, and review varies aspects on both projects.

Mar 2013 - May 2018

Borden Partnership: Architecture and Design, Los Angeles, CA, US, contract internship

To help the office to develop several residential design concepts for a development around man-made lake in JinHai Lake, China.

Mar 2012 - Apr 2012

Chu+Gooding Architects, Los Angeles, CA, US, contract internship

To help developing and creating a physical model for a residential project

Oct 2009 - Dec 2009

Design Corps Summer Studio 09, New Orleans, LA, US, team project

To work as a team of students and design a bus shelter in a community that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The project was able to partner with AARP and several grassroots community groups and created a community-participation design process in order to bring encouragement to the communities surrounding the project site.

Jun 2009 - Aug 2009

Rockefeller Partners Architects, El Segundo, CA, US, internship

Jun 2007 - Aug 2007


University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, MArch, Post-professional

Post-Professional research program, thesis focused on exploring the possibility of altering socio-economic/ geopolitical/ cultural boundaries by re-appropriating the underutilized spaces that are often created in between those different groups mentioned earlier.

Aug 2010 - Jan 2012

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

5 year architecture program, graduation thesis probed into the concept of using design (space, material and color) to help PTSD patients to recover faster.

Aug 2004 - Jun 2009


Mel Ferris Scholarship, Award

5th place


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