Michelle Jaime, LEED AP, Co-Founder / Design Director

Prior to founding The Vanguard Theory, Michelle was part of a collaborative team that renovated the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel which won awards such as the IIDA Best in Show, and “World’s 140 Top New Hotels “The Hot List” Conde Nast Traveler.

In addition to her design career, she also had the opportunity to receive extensive training on fabrication, value engineering, and product development during her employment as a manufacturer’s representative of carpet, case goods, lighting, and fabric, giving her a deeper understanding of design and construction.

Michelle has designed and managed various high-end residential projects to boutique hotels.  She worked on large project renovations for Turtle Bay Resort and the Westin Maui, developing FF&E and budgets.  Michelle is also LEED accredited and achieved LEED Silver certification for a mixed-use office building in Honolulu. 


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