Mike Chou

Mike Chou

Los Angeles, CA, US




Borden Partnership: Architecture and Design, Los Angeles, CA, US, design assistant

A three residential designs proposal for a Chinese developer. Responsibilities include, modifiing the designs, designing site plans for each project, revising diagrams and built 3D models, and translating all the text into Chinese.

Apr 2012 - Jun 2012

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

James White Residence
Designed, discussed, and modified a 1/2” = 1’ - 0” physical model, based on the meetings with client, in 2 weeks.

Oct 2009 - Oct 2009

Design Corps Summer Studio 09, New Orleans, LA, US, structural designer

Bus Shelter Project
Interviewed and organized meetings with Hollygrove residents (client), AARP (project partner), and Department of City Planning and Regional Transit Authority (negotiating parties), to negotiate design requirements. Designed, consulted with structural engineers and built the project in 7 weeks.

May 2009 - Jul 2009

Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, US, Researcher/ Construction Leader

Office Research
Reviewed the office’s construction process from acquiring properties to finshing constructions for increasing effiency. Incorporated LEED requirements into planning process.

On-Site Construction
Instructed volunteers on construction sites.

Jun 2008 - Aug 2008

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

Office Tasks
office remodeling, plan checking, material researching.

Daily Lofts, Los Angeles CA
Researched building codes, and drafted a schematic layout for underground parking. Prepared spread sheets for meetings with LA city council. Designed schematic concepts.

Downtown 801 Building Photoshoot
Coordinated/ directed photoshoots for firm’s online portfolio.

May 2007 - Aug 2007


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

A post-professional program focuses on urban theories and researches.

Graduate Thesis: The research, firstly, focuses on studying the un-occupied spaces that are on the edge between drastically different socioeconomic groups and are often the boundaries that separate those groups apart from each other socially, economically, and culturally. Secondly, using those spaces and design opportunities to create an alternative urban fabric

Aug 2010 - Dec 2011

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

A 5-year accredited program

Thesis: It studies the link between design elements (color, space, and materials) and human emotions, and propose to use design in alleviating the pain during recovering process for patients with PTSD.

secondary focus: international relations - studied peacekeeping, conflict negotiation, and third world economic development.

Aug 2004 - May 2009


USC Dream Dollar Scholarship, 1st Place

"The USC Dream Dollars Program provides stipends for USC students who receive unpaid internships with a non-profit or government organization." USC Career Center


Global Architecture Brigades: final selectee, Honorable Mention

a school design in Honduras; it was a collaboration with other accredited Southern California Architecture schools


Design Corps Summer Studio 09, Nomination

An annual design/build project that was led by Design Corps Summer Studio. The 11 nominated students met in New Orleans in the summer of 09 and participated in a design/build project for Hollygrove community that was led by Bryan Bell, the founder of Design Corps, and co-led by Doug Harmon, who was then the director graduate architecture program in Tulane University.


Mel Ferris Scholarship, Other

Awarded for the 5th place in 2008. Participants had to submit a 10 pg design portfolio that had demonstrated his/her best works.


Areas of Specialization