Michelle Jaime, LEED AP, Principal / Creative Director

Michelle is a multi-faceted designer whose expertise spans across all phases of design, on a multitude of different projects. With her entrepreneurial spirit and deep passion for design, she co-founded The Vanguard Theory in 2010. Since then, she has grown the company to be an award-wining design firm with featured projects in numerous national publications such as New York Times, Architectural Digest, and Dwell Magazine. Her background prior to design includes restaurant, retail, and manufacturer’s agent which provides her with the ability to design and manage projects from various perspectives. As the creative director Michelle collaborates with her team and other creative disciplines to develop one of a kind turn-key designs for her clients.

In addition to design, Michelle has managed design and procurement on various projects, ranging from high-end residential homes to boutique hotels. She also curates artwork, manages branding direction, and large FF&E installations.

Currently, Michelle is filming a renovation TV show on HGTV premiering Summer 2018.


Betty Lee Kurihara - Sr. Designer

Deanna Itano - Designer / Project Manager

Laura Ficenec - Jr. Designer

Lindsay Rivera - Designer / Sr. Project Manager

Shaleah Soliven - Associate Designer