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#LCDQStrong Virtual Design Summit Student Scholarship Deadline is Sunday, April, 25th!

LCDQ (La Cienega Design Quarter) is pleased to announce #LCDQStrong Virtual Design Summit on May 5, 2021. Everyone is invited to view the virtual panel discussions and conversations and have the opportunity to chat with top design professionals from L.A. to London.

As part of the event, LCDQ is offering the LCDQ Scholarships to UCLA Extension Architecture & Interior Design students. The competition awards will be cash prizes for first, second, and third place. This award is funded by a kitchen appliance sponsor, that will be announced at a later time, as well as how the competition will be judged.

For the LCDQ Scholarships, we’re inviting student designers to create virtual window renderings on the theme LOOKING FORWARD. Students will submit a hand-drawn, colored illustration or a computer rendering or a hybrid, using at least five items from one of the LCDQ showrooms (listed here). 

Project Requirements:

  • Open to current UCLA Extension Architecture & Interior Design and Master of Interior Architecture students
  • A 11 x 17 sized horizontal rendering. If you are going to paint, draw, illustrate, a 20 x 30 wide format will be fine as that can be resized to 11.333 x 17 wide.
  • A mood board showing showcasing the brand and the showrooms where 5 of the products in the window are from
  • Project captures the feeling and desire for LOOKING FORWARD in 2021*
  • Deadline for the high-resolution jpeg file of your virtual window design and mood board is Sunday, April 25, 2021 

* LOOKING FORWARD in 2021 THEME: What are YOU Looking Forward to? Gatherings of family and friends? Going to museums? A fabulous dinner party? Travel? As a theme, LOOKING FORWARD can mean something different to each person. It’s an expectant feeling, an excitement of good things to come. A progressive march toward happier and freer times. An open and positive outlook on life. We want to capture the feeling and desire of LOOKING FORWARD in 2021, and we invite you to participate in this movement!

Please email tleddington@unex.ucla.edu with questions or for more information.

NEWH Los Angeles Founding Chapter Scholarship Deadline is Friday, April, 16th!

 NEWH Los Angeles Founding Chapter is awarding up to $25,000 in scholarships to students pursuing a major and career objective within the Hospitality Industry (interior design, hospitality management, culinary, architecture, etc.). Scholarship submission deadline date is April 16, 2021.

Scholarship criteria:

• Actively enrolled student: 2-year program freshman and above, 4-year sophomore/second year and above, or graduate level attending college in: Los Angeles, Southern California and zip codes 900-935

• 3.0 GPA (cumulative) overall “B” average or grade percentage of 83% – 86% equivalent

• Financial need through college for past/current/upcoming tuition or program approved books/supplies

• Major and career objective within a hospitality related field (interior design, hospitality management, culinary, etc.)

Did you know?

• NEWH membership is not required but is FREE to students + full-time educators

• Students may apply by email, mail or online: www.newh.org  (Scholarship/Chapter Scholarship Applications/Los Angeles Founding Chapter) or at APPLY

• UCLA Extension program will be hosting a FREE virtual information session on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Please email tleddington@unex.ucla.edu for more information and registration.

Foundation Level Student Timothy Durant’s Photo Included in “Expose: Architectural”!

Congratulations to Timothy Durant who’s picture of the outdoor seating area at the Edgemar in Santa Monica, CA, has been selected as one of twenty works included in the exhibition “Expose: Architectural” by Art Gym Denver! The picture was taken as part of Tim’s coursework for our Photographing Architecture & Interiors course led by instructor Doug Hill.

See more of the work and read about the exhibition HERE!

Congrats again, Tim! Great work!

Join UCLA Extension International Programs for A Virtual Certificate Student Mixer!

Please join the UNEX International Programs Department (ISO) for a discussion about campus resources, career trends, networking opportunities, and shared experiences. All current F-1 and non-F-1 international certificate students welcome to this virtual event! All UNEX departments will have a staff member present to answer any specific program questions. Hope to see you there!

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021
Time: 4-5:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Registration: HERE

Please join NEWH LA for a Cheese, Wine & Design Virtual Event on February 25th!

*The legal drinking age in California is 21 years. It is only legal to consume, possess, or procure alcoholic beverages only if you are 21 years of age or older.

Join NEWH LA in creating your very own cheese board! Amp up your cheeseboard-making skills led by Mona Behnammoradi from CMCA Design. We will send a shopping list of recommended cheeses and other ingredients to pair with your board. Prize for best-dressed cheese board! This is a great event for networking and learning more about the LA Chapter of NEWH!

Date: Febuarary 25, 2021

Time: 6:30-8pm

Registration HERE

HD/West Elm Student Product Design Competition Deadline is April 5, 2021!

Hospitality Design (HD) is partnering once again with West Elm for the third annual HD/West Elm Student Product Design Competition. Current students and those who have been out of school for up to a year are eligible to enter the contest. The deadline to enter is April 5th!

This year, the competition is focused on designing a family of lighting intended for hospitality and commercial spaces. The winning designer will receive a $5,000 prize from West Elm and have their product produced by West Elm.

Light fixtures should be aesthetically neutral enough to fit in multiple environments, yet have a distinct design perspective and seamlessly blend into the West Elm vernacular. The collection should consist of a mix of hard-wired and portable pieces including:

  • A hard-wired sconce (Sconces should protrude no more than 4 inches from the wall to meet ADA requirements)
  • A hard-wired flush mount ceiling fixture
  • A table lamp
  • A floor lamp

Submit to the HD/West Elm Student Product Design Competition

The Ingrid Skulstad Williams Scholarship Application Deadline is December 4, 2020!

The Ingrid Skulstad Williams Scholarship for Women Pursuing Postsecondary Education is a needs-based scholarship dedicated to helping women get the education necessary to have a successful career.

Ms. Skulstad Williams was born and grew up in Nazi-occupied Europe and immigrated to the United States as a young adult. Her husband passed away unexpectedly at a young age, and she faced the challenge of becoming self- supporting. She returned to the classrooms of UCLA Extension in the late 1970s to pursue business courses and went on to a successful career in the travel industry.

Through her estate, Ms. Skulstad Williams established this scholarship endowment to help women who would otherwise not have the financial means or opportunity to attend postsecondary education. Ms. Skulstad Williams believed strongly that lifelong learning can change lives. Each year, in perpetuity, UCLA Extension will award a minimum of one scholarship up to $5,000 toward course fees within a certificate program.

 Applications for this scholarship will be accepted until Friday, December 4, 2020 at 4pm.

Application and more information HERE

Starting in October! Join Us for Our Fall Quarter No-Cost Interior Design Seminars!

We are happy to announce the continuation of our no-cost one day online educational and personal development seminars in the Fall 2020 quarter. These seminars are free to all and completely online, so please join us for the following:

Form Over Function: The Tension Between Striking Interior Design and Livability Part I (Early 20th Century through Mid-Century Modern)

Description: This course is an overview of the eternal tension between designs that make an aesthetic statement and designs that actually respect how they will be used by the people who have to live with them. The course is a humorous and entertaining stroll through the history of interior architecture, interior design, furnishings, and accessories that examines how the desire to make a statement often results in designs that are uncomfortable, unusable, or outright dangerous.

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020 Time: 10:00 am (PST) – 11:30 am (PST)

Click HERE for Course Registration

Form Over Function: The Tension Between Striking Interior Design and Livability Part II (Post Mid-Century Modern through Contemporary)

Description: Part II of Part I. This course continues the humorous and entertaining stroll through the history of interior architecture, interior design, furnishings, and accessories that examines how the desire to make a statement often results in designs that are uncomfortable, unusable, or outright dangerous.

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020 Time: 10:00 am (PST) – 11:30 am (PST

Click HERE for Course Registration

Sketching for Designers – Techniques On How To Create A Fast and Precise Sketch

Description: All great ideas start with a sketch. It is a dialogue that depicts our imagination and helps us through the creative design process. A quick initial sketch helps solve any complex computer generated detail. Sketching is a great tool to communicate with our clients; it helps us sort through different ideas very fast, and it is a universal journal that is understood and welcomed by all.

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 Time: 1:00 pm (PST) –3:00 pm (PST)

Click HERE for Course Registration

Psychology of Residential Interior Design

Description: An introduction to the fundamentals of residential interior design, including the relationship of color, light, texture, balance and composition, which impacts how human psychology reacts within the space; the optimum furniture placement, use of existent space and accessories; and applying these techniques in evolving residential spaces, such as home-office spaces and expanding households.

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020 Time: 12:00 pm (PST) –1:30 pm (PST)

Click HERE for Course Registration

Hope to see you there!

ASID Pasadena Chapter to Host Online Student Portfolio Review on Friday, September 4th!

Please join the ASID Pasadena Chapter on Friday, September 4th for a student portfolio review!

During the review, there will be several interior designers, industry partners, and student peers on the same Zoom meeting for a diverse range of critique and Q&A. You will have the opportunity to:
• present your digital portfolio of design from studio projects
• speak about your work and design philosophy
• talk about any past experience in design
• discuss what your future goals are
• why you wish to be an interior designer

Select up to ten of your best and most creative works from your interior design courses, internships, and personal professional work, and organize them in a digital format (PDF or website). Work that you consider incomplete, not design-related, or does not show off your best craftsmanship should not be included in the portfolio. Resumes are welcome to be included as well. This is an opportunity to show off your talents and get your foot in the door for prospective internships and job openings.


To RSVP, please email STUDENTREP@CAPAS.ASID.ORG by Thursday, September 3rd. Be sure to include your name, name of interior design school, contact info, and expected graduation date. You will receive a Zoom meeting number just before the event.

Hope you see you at this amazing event!