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The Master of Interior Architecture Fall 2020 Application Deadline is July 1, 2020!

Are you looking to take your Interior Design career to the next level? If so, the Master of Interior Architecture is a professional degree (M. INT. ARCH.) offered collaboratively between UCLA Extension and Cal Poly Pomona and is one of the top CIDA-accredited programs in the nation.

The primary goal of the Master of Interior Architecture Program is to provide an opportunity for individuals with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree to pursue a rigorous program of part-time study that prepares them to enter the field of interior design incorporating the highest standards of professional practice. The program particularly serves career-change students seeking to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming interior design professionals.

Click HERE for deadline information & application requirements!

NEWH Hospitality Scholarships Deadline Extended to April 30th!

Here are all the details needed to apply!

NEWH Los Angeles Founding Chapter is offering up to $10,000 in scholarships:

  • Open to students with a major and career objective within hospitality: (interior design, culinary, hotel management, architecture, etc.)
  • Student must be attending college in: Los Angeles Southern California and zip codes 900-935
  • Apply before: April 30, 2020
  • Membership is not required but is free to students + full-time educators
  • Apply online, by mail or email: HERE

Instructor Abeer Sweis & SweisKloss Featured as Top LA Design Build Firm!

Congratulations to Abeer Sweis and SweisKloss for being featured as one of the best design build firms in Los Angeles by LA Architect. SweisKloss is a Santa Monica-based full-service design and construct firm offering building design, interior design, and construction services. The company employs a holistic approach in order to provide clients with a creative and collaborative process from conception through completion. Read the full article HERE.

ICAA SoCal Neoclassicists Event on Tuesday, February 25th!

The ICAA SoCal Neoclassicists* is inviting you to a special evening at The Culver Hotel to learn more about the ICAA on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 6-8pm in the upstairs Velvet Lounge with complimentary hors-d’oeuvres. Open to all students!

There will also be three exclusive 30-minute tours of the Culver Hotel’s
notable architecture and illustrious past.

The tours are $10 per person and begin at 6:30, 7:00 & 7:30 pm

Please RSVP: HERE

Hope to see you there!

* The ICAA SoCal Neoclassicists is a group for developing professionals and students. The Southern California Neo Classicists (SCNC) connect developing professionals who share the common focus of classical architecture, building and design. The group is founded on the principals of personal and professional development, historic theories, innovative ideas, and lasting relationships.

Student Spotlight: Master of Interior Architecture Lauren Rad

Can you tell us a little about your background and why you decided to study interior design?

It all began when I opened the forbidden drawer. Being a rebel at a young age I always did the opposite of what my parents said, and one day I opened the forbidden drawer in my kitchen and found all different types of screws, a hammer, paintbrushes, some other building materials, and instantly fell in love with building and architecture. From there my inspiration grew. I would build furniture, paint art projects, and later in high school, I enrolled in drafting classes. After taking two years of classes, that’s when I knew I wanted to be an Interior Architectural designer.

As a current Arc+ID student what is some advice you would give students starting out in the program?

Strategize!! Take the time to map out the curriculum to see what classes require more time and which ones that require less and pair them together. This can help you save time and money later in the program. Also, MAKE FRIENDS!!! By creating a bubby system right when you enroll in a class will help you keep updated on all assignments and deadlines so you don’t fall behind.

Since you have been a teacher’s assistant in the program for some years now, can you tell us how that experience has benefited you?

Yes, being a TA for Sheldon Nemoy’s Digital Presentation I: Photoshop Illustrator course has given me so much confidence. I believe learning any design skill by assisting the instructor gives you a deeper level of understanding and will make made every project you create for school or a client a breeze. It has also opened doors in my career, leading to numerous internships and job opportunities.

 What was one of your most memorable Arc+ID class experiences?

I cannot choose just one, because it is usually the last day of class at the end of every quarter. That is when students showcase course work and we have a big party with snacks to discuss our projects and what tools we learned in the course.

As an MIA student who’s graduating in Spring, what is next for you, and what type of work are you searching once you have finished?

Yes, this year I will be graduating from the MIA program and I couldn’t be happier! Currently, I am in my last class, the only thing on my mind is creating clean and detailed designs and plans for my final project. I also work as a Visual Designer and In-Home Stylist for William-Sonoma, Inc. But once I finish the Master’s Program, I will definitely be working for myself as an Interior Designer and Decorator.

Who is your favorite interior designer and why?

Everyone has a couple of designer gods they look up to. Mine happens to be Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors, she is a residential designer in Calabasas, California. The main reason why I appreciate her work so much is that she uses the bones of a client’s home, she loves to work with the old and make it new. She uses a variety of materials and patterns and somehow, someway it works out and looks amazing!!! She is someone I look up to and reference when I need inspiration for my own work.

Where in Los Angeles you go for creative inspiration?

Funny enough, I go to the beach for my creative inspiration. It’s bare, relaxing, quiet, and doesn’t have any technical distractions. With the ocean waves crashing as a sound in the background, it allows the pen to flow on the paper a lot easier than a pencil to paper in a florescent-lit study room.

 

 

Design & Construction Firm SweisKloss presents Canstruction!

Canstruction is a long-running international design competition between architects, engineers and design teams, that build sculptures out of non-perishable food items. Now in Santa Monica it’s a festive affair that challenges teams to “out creative” each other, involves the community in judging and participation, and benefits local food banks!

This year’s theme is, “It’s All Fun and Games at the Beach”. Awards will be given in the following categories:

Best meal
Structural ingenuity
Best original design
Best labels
People’s choice
Most cans

Structures will be on display and open to the public from Nov 3-16, 2019 at Water Garden 1620 26th Street Santa Monica, CA 90404

For more information click HERE!