Michele Costa

Michele Costa

Los Angeles, CA, US



As a certified designer with 19 years of experience in architectural ground up, and commercial and residential interiors, I can offer a broad array of skills and value to your company. Most recently, I worked on a new branding and interior design concept for TriCounties Bank in Central California, providing a full Tenant Improvement Package at the Schematic Design Phase.

I recently have worked on programs for Lululemon, Cracker Barrel, and CottonOn among others. My responsibilities include Space Planning, Design Conceptualization, Material and Finish selections for each project, Graphic Design development for Branding, Lighting Design and Presentation Layouts. I also coordinate production drawings for quality control and consistency. 

I also bring to the table strong computer proficiencies in Autocad, Photoshop, InDesign and Microsoft Office Suite. I am also proficient in Sketchup and have recently completed Revit training. Please see the accompanying resume for details of my experience and education.

I am confident that I can contribute strong design and enthusiasm to your team. Feel free to call me at 310-367-7269 to arrange an interview. Thank you for your time—I look forward to learning more about your company.


Menemsha, Torrance, CA, US, Senior Job Captain Design

• Design branding and prototype programs for major national chains
• Evaluate client design requirements for implementation to maximize sales and guest satisfaction
• Design furniture and display fixtures for retail and restaurant applications
• Develop full architectural and interior designs for a range of commercial clients
• Research select and price interior finish materials, lighting and architectural products working closely with suppliers, vendors, and fabricators.

Oct 2012 - Apr 2016

Style de Vie, Los Angeles, CA, US, Head Designer

Design custom furniture for commercial and residential clients

Design interiors for commercial and residential clients

Act as production liaison: verify that fabrication is in line with design details; communicate with clients
on changes and fabrication progress.

Develop graphics for marketing

Develop line of production furnishings for in house fabrication.

Jan 2012 - Jan 2016

Steinberg Hart, Los Angeles, CA, US, Senior Designer

Managed and reviewed work of junior and intermediate staff

 Development of architectural proposals

Execution of interior and exterior designs for State, city and public school/private ventures.

Apr 2008 - Feb 2009

Johnson Fain, Los Angeles, Senior Designer

Develop architectural projects from concept phase

Manage and review the work of junior and intermediate staff

Monitor and maintain level of clarity and organization in project drawings at all phases.

Perform preliminary governmental research to determine project viability and parameters.
Attend meetings with city officials at entitlement milestones

Develop and refine project design in plans, elevations and section.

Select and research appropriate building and finish materials.

Coordinate with production staff through construction documents phase, as well as landscape, civil, structural and mechanical/electrical engineers to achieve design goals.

Review and approve material submittals during construction administration.

Sep 2006 - Mar 2008


Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, US, Bachelors, Environmental Arts

Multidisciplinary design degree with an emphasis on Architecture and Furniture Design. Also a strong curriculum in Graphic Design and fully trained in Fine Arts.

Sep 1992 - May 1996

Areas of Specialization