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Summer is here!

Extension Arc_ID Summer instruction began on Monday! Our Fall quarter online enrollment will begin on July 29th, so stay on the lookout for the fall schedule in the coming weeks.

We also have several short term classes, seminars, and study tours still open for enrollment. Our Restaurant Design tour is a particular public favorite. Also, Dr. Mainini mentioned her Feng Shui seminar for UCLA Extension in a recent newsletter.

These classes are a great way to add some adventure to your summer!

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More LEED exam news!

A current student in the UCLA Extension Arc_ID program, Nina Hiken, has passed the LEED exam and she is LEED AP! Congratulations Nina! We are very proud of the strong work and accomplishments we see from our students and graduates.

For those who aren’t familiar with LEED, below is some information from the US Green Building Council Website:

“LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that measures how well a building or community performs across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types – commercial as well as residential. It works throughout the building lifecycle – design and construction, operations and maintenance, tenant fitout, and significant retrofit. And LEED for Neighborhood Development extends the benefits of LEED beyond the building footprint into the neighborhood it serves.”

Reminder: Summer enrollment is still open! Take a summer class.
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Design It: Shelter Competition

We thought this competition put on by the Guggenheim might be fun for some of our students!
Find out how to enter here (link)

Below is information from the Guggenheim website regarding the competition:

On the occasion of the exhibitions Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward and Learning By Doing, the Guggenheim and Google SketchUp invite amateur and professional designers from around the world to enter Design It: Shelter Competition. From now until August 23, you can submit a 3-D shelter for locations around the world using Google SketchUp and Google Earth.

Why shelters?
The competition is an extension of Learning By Doing, an exhibition in the Guggenheim Museum Sackler Center for Arts Education that features plans, photographs, and models of student-built shelters from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. For the past seven decades, students at this school have taken on the challenge of designing, building, and living in small shelters nestled in the landscapes of the school’s Arizona and Wisconsin campuses. In working on these shelters, students consider human needs for safety and comfort, as well as the relationship between architecture and place.

Design It: Shelter Competition opens up the project to you. If you could build a shelter anywhere in the world, where would it be? How would you design it to respond to the surrounding environment?

You can submit your design from now until August 23. After the submission period, current Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture students will select a group of finalists. Public voting on these finalists opens on September 7 and runs until October 10. On October 21, 2009, the People’s Prize will be announced along with a special Juried Prize chosen by a jury of experts.


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Arc_ID in the NY Times!

Some interesting design news: Two of Arc_ID’s instructors Chinmaya Mizra and Apurva Pande, were featured in Friday’s New York Times! Check out the article here.

Also a reminder, UCLA Extension Summer classes begin on June 22! Enroll in an interior design course or workshop online or by calling (310)825-9971.


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AIA Design Awards Competition

AIA is calling for entries in their Annual AIA Design Awards Competition. Registration deadline is June 19, 2009! Materials submission deadline is June 24, 2009.

Important New Information for 2009
In response to the economy, environmental issues, and industry standards, AIA/LA is adopting a digital submission format. For 2009, entries will be in the form of a Power Point presentation. Registration deadline will be strictly enforced for reasons of legality.

For more information visit their website!

LA Times/Dwell Reclaim Design Contest

The LA Times and Dwell on Design are hosting a contest in which you could win $1,000! The Reclaim Design Contest encourages people to list their unused furniture and design accents in the Los Angeles Times Classifieds. From the listed pieces they will create and showcase a beautifully modern room displayed on the main exhibition floor at Dwell on Design/LA, June 26-28, 2009.

Here’s the the part where you might benefit – if your item is chosen from the classifieds for the showcase you will be automatically entered in the Reclaimed Design Drawing, where the winner will take home $1000! Deadline to submit items is June 22, 2009. This contest urges people toward sustainable and enviromentally friendly design by reusing materials and furniture in design. see the link above for official rules and more information

Interior Design News & Events

Michelle's Boutique 18 AwardNews:
UCLA Extension Arc_ID would like to congratulate our soon-to-be graduate, Michelle Aitala, (pictured right) who has received a special award from Botique Design for her  beautiful work at Morel’s French Steakhouse and Bistro at the Palazzo in Las Vegas. Michelle is a project designer with Ralph Gentile Architects. You can read her comments on the design process and approaches in Boutique Design (link) magazine this month!

We would also like to recognize ARC_ID Advisory Board Member Darrell Schmitt, ASID and his Design Associates for their Hospitality Design Award based on work for the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. They will be honored on Thursday, June 4th at the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York. The work will also be published in the May/June issue of Hospitality Design magazine.

ASID Allied Member and Arc-ID Student Rachel Winokur invites you to join her on a Green Decorator Showcase in a LEED Platinum and Green Point Rated home this July. The Showcase house will be part of a week full of highly publicized design events prior to the house tours. You can team up with a professional designer in each staging area to decorate, a set-up similar to the Pasadena Showcase or Greystone Mansion. The basic finishes and light fixtures in the house will already be completed, so decoration will primarily focus on wallcoverings, furniture and accessories. (www.ettadesigns.com)

Join ARC-ID Graduates Haily Zaki and Lori Dennis, ASID, LEED AP for a The Platinum Showcase! It’s a special chance to work alongside some of Los Angeles’ finest interior & industrial designers as they fuse visual and sonic design in a 3-D space at The Lofts @ Cherokee Studios. This space has a storied Los Angeles history closely connected with the music business. Set up and staging will take place in late August or early September. Visit the website for more details!
You may also contact Haily (haily@secretagentpr.com)or Aunny(aunny@secretagentpr.com) for more details.

Also, a friendly reminder – Summer enrollment has already begun for Interior Design summer classes! Visit us online or call enrollment at (310)825-9971 and find a class to spice up your summer!

Thank you to the ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter for bringing these events and news items to our attention

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UCLA Extension Students win NEWH Scholarship!

NEWH 2009 winnersUCLA Extension’s Arc_ID Program is proud to announce that two of our students have been awarded the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality Scholarship for the Los Angeles Chapter!

Kelsey Mitchell and Tricia Clarke (pictured right) have both been honored with the award. Kelsey is currently working for an interior designer and was also featured at the Pasadena Showcase House a few months ago. Tricia is an international student from Kingston, Jamaica and has been working on campus, as well as serving as a materials librarian, while going through our program. Both of these girls are excellent students and an asset to the program. We are very proud of their achievements!

NEWH is, “the premier networking resource for the hospitality industry, providing scholarships, education, leadership development, recognition of excellence, and business development opportunities…NEWH, Inc. recognizes the talent and ability of students and encourages involvement in all areas of the Hospitality, Foodservice, Senior Living and related fields through scholarships, seminars and educational programs.” (from their website) NEWH chapters award scholarships annually based upon the following criteria:

  • Must have completed half the requirements for a degree or certification program in which enrolled
  • Must have real financial need
  • Must have at least a 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Must have a career objective in the Hospitality Industry (i.e., Hotel/Restaurant Management, Culinary, Food Service, Architecture, Design, etc.)

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