Los Angeles

Monika has a Master of Interior Architecture and 4+ years of experience working on retail, restaurant, hospitality, office, and high-end residential projects based in the United States and Asia.


  • Master of Interior Architecture
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sep 2008 - Jun 2012
    UCLA/Cal Poly Pomona Collaborative Degree Program
    Activities: ASID UCLA Chapter
  • Bachelor of Arts, International Studies
    Irvine, CA
    Sep 2002 - Jun 2006
    University of California, Irvine
    Triple Minor: Management, Japanese Language & Literature, Art History
    Activities: Order of Omega National Honor Society, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, UCI Women’s Rowing
  • Art History / International Economics
    Cambridge, England / Florence, Italy
    Jun 2005 - Aug 2005
    Pembroke College, Cambridge University
    University of California Study Abroad Program


  • Designer
    Santa Monica, CA
    Jul 2013 - Present
    Fisher Design Company
    - Work closely with Principal to develop schematic design, design development, and construction document drawings.
    - Research, prepare and present planning concepts, including image boards, conceptual boards, space plan layouts and material boards.
    - Prepare working drawings, models, 3D renderings and schemes, including reviewing documents for code compliance.
  • Designer/Project Manager
    El Segundo, CA
    Apr 2013 - Dec 2014
    Retail Element, RE Consulting Inc./Partners By Design
    (Intern/Design Assistant, July 2010-August 2012)
    - Collaborated with Creative Director on concept and design development for retail, restaurant, tenant improvement and office clients in the United States, Japan, and China.
    - Produced schematic designs, space plans, rendered 3D drawings, and material boards.
    - Interfaced directly with clients and participated in presentation meetings.
    - Assisted Principals with project status coordination, design productions tasks and monitoring the team.
  • Designer
    Los Angeles
    Feb 2012 - Mar 2013
    Waldo's Designs
    - Procured and purchased furnishings, artwork, and accessories for hospitality, restaurant, and high-end residential projects that include Wolfgang Puck restaurants and Four Seasons.
    - Conferred with client, team members, vendors, and consultants on space planning, utilization of furnishings and equipment, and material and finish coordination.
    - Estimated material requirements, costs, and schedules to present to client for approval.
    - Created proposals and purchased orders for labor, equipment, furnishings, and materials.
    - Produced design presentation materials.
  • Intern
    Manhattan Beach, CA
    Jan 2012 - Jun 2012
    Theresa Fatino Design
    - Prepared presentation packages, including FFE specifications, for hospitality projects that include W Hotel Hollywood and St. Regis San Francisco.
    - Assisted in management of project material selection, budget, and schedule.


  • Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Revit, Microsoft Office Suite

    Speaking fluency in Japanese