Michael Hoffman

Michael Hoffman

San Diego, CA, US



I am currently in search of a full time position as a Senior Architectural Designer but can also work on contract thru my consulting corporation. Although I reside in San Diego I my interest extends all the way up to the San Francisco Area.

Over the course of my career I have been an Architectural Designer and Planner in larger professional environments. Several projects were always under my direction at any given time. It has always been my role to determine, execute and guarantee successful design concepts and client goals in a collaborative way.

In addition, over the past six years I have held an Adjunct Faculty Position at Woodbury University on the San Diego Campus and have been responsible for students in their 5th year Professional Degree Thesis Studio. I have also been actively involved in the arts having a number private commissions and am on prequalified artist lists.

I am very fluent in AutoCAD, SketchUP, 3D Studio Max, Photoshop, InDesign, PowerPoint and Illustrator. I have some hands-on experience with Revit and the last three major projects I designed were documented in Revit. I have very developed hand sketching and illustration skills as well. My experience has developed excellent verbal presentation and interaction skills.

Please feel free to contact me with regard to possible opportunities.


exitecture North America, Inc., San Diego, CA, US, Principal

A Principal and owner having established and operated the corporation with two additional partners.
Experience included modifications to large scale retail malls and luxury single family residential work. Responsible for all aspects of architectural practice and business operation. After three years with some success, the partners decided to move in new independent directions.

- Marketing introductions and collateral
- Entitlement processing
- Building design and documentation
- Graphic and verbal renderings and presentations
- Proposals, contracts, invoicing and accounting

Jan 2013 - Jan 2013

Woodbury University, San Diego, CA, US, Adjunct Faculty

Fifth year architectural thesis studio advisor. Directly responsible for two students per semester and in part for the graduating class. Directed students and was their primary contact for their selected thesis. My students have won "Best Conceptual Project" and "Best Graphic Presentation" in graduating class awards.

- Recurring jury member
- Progress documentation and grading
- Resource for precedents, technology and process

Jan 2007 - Jun 2012

Carrier Johnson + Culture, San Diego, CA, US, Senior Designer - Associate Principal - Workshop Director

Several large projects were always under my direction at any given time. The emphasis of my efforts extended from project acquisition thru construction documents, however I would remain responsible thru completion of construction. It was also my role to determine and guarantee the successful execution of design concepts and client goals in a collaborative way. Work also included sculptural and graphic art commissions.

- LEED silver and Gold certifications
- Interviews and client interface
- Entitlement processing
- Building design and documentation
- Interior design of common spaces and lobbys
- Office design standards and collaboration coordination
- Awards submissions
- Graphic design, diagramming and rendering
- Model building both by hand and 3-D printing.

Feb 1994 - Dec 2008

ExhibitART, Escondido, CA, US, Exhibit and Industrial Designer - Studio Lead

Designed exhibit booths and point of purchase displays, structures and graphics.
Responsible for or involved in concep thru shipping. Responsible for oversight of two other designers in studio.

- Design, detailing and documentation
- Metal fabrication
- Aluminum casting
- Vacu-forming
- Injection molding
- Modular construction
- Packaging

Jan 2002 - Jan 2004

Deems Lewis McKinley Architecture, San Diego, CA, US, Assistant Designer

Architectural designer assisting in the design of K-12 Schools.

- Renderings
- Models
- Design Development and Construction Documents

Jun 1990 - Jun 1991

Perkins&Will, Chicago, IL, US, Architect II

Worked directly with Ralph Johnson FAIA on the design of schools and high rise mixed-use towers.
Also was on site for one year for field observation and construction supervision on a 72 story high-rise.

- Conceptual design thru construction documentation
- Awards submissions graphics and models
- Finished models and renderings
- Supervised professional photography and laser cut model building.

Sep 1985 - Nov 1986


Iowa State University, Ames, IA, US, BArch, Architecture

I spent my first Year at Bradley University in civil engineering then transferring to ISU. After my first year there I took a year break from university to work as an architectural intern at a firm called Facilities Design in Illinois. It was run by the Chief Architect for the City of Chicago, Albertas Kerelelas. I then returned to Iowa State recieving a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture then a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree.

Jun 1980 - May 1986


Best Commercial Landscape and Architecture, 1st Place

Yuma City Hall, Yuma AZ
9th Annual City of Yuma's Planning & Zoning Commission Design Awards. I was project designer while at CarrierJohnson Architects and created the concept design executed by Wallacs Roberts & Todd landscape architects.


Featured Emerging Architect., Other

“The Future of Architecture”, Lyceum Gallery, San Diego, CA for the AIA Convention. Sculptures and a slide show of my work were exhibited in the gallery along with the work of Thom Mayne and Lebbius Woods.


AIA Honor Award, Award

Troy High School - Troy, MI
Recognized and featured in Architectural Record Magazine. I was the assistant designer however designed many areas of the building and grounds under the direction of Ralph Johnson FAIA while at Perkins & Will Architects.


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