Join my conversation with California architect Michele Grace Hottel as we discuss mistakes people make during their renovations- so that you can avoid them!

About this week’s guest:

Michele Grace Hottel, Architect is a firm practicing Architecture, Interiors, and Visual Arts, specializing in Custom and multi-family Residential and smaller Commercial and Institutional projects since 1994.

Prior to her current practice, Michele was a consultant with other Architecture and Engineering firms in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas for twelve years before and after attending Cal Poly, Pomona for Architecture. One can read her blog, “I’ve never met a woman architect before…” a blog about my life… , the trials and tribulations, as one could say, of being a woman, a mother, a wife, a volunteer, a public servant, and last but not least, an architect.

Michele is also a Commissioner and Subject Matter Expert for the California Architects Board, a City of La Mesa Planning Commissioner in her third term, the Chair of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Chair of the Custom Residential Architecture Network (CRAN) for the AIA San Diego and Palomar Chapters. She also served as the Chair of the Committee for AIA California’s Inaugural Housing Forum for attainable housing. In addition, Michele served on the Board and Past President of the La Mesa Arts Alliance, served as a La Mesa Parks and Recreation Board Member, a La Mesa Centennial Planning Committee member and lead the Centennial Legacy Project Subcommittee.

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Music at the beginning and end of the episode is Blueberry Festival Footrace by David Fisher and performed by Hanneke Cassel

Cover Art by Sam White

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