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The HD Expo is the leading tradeshow & conference for the hospitality design community and it will soon be at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas! Students who register before February 1st will receive the best available rate.***
This event brings together designers, owner/operators, brand executives, architects, purchasers, and manufacturers for three days of inspiration, CEU-accredited education, and exceptional networking. This is an amazing opportunity for students who are interested in hospitality design! More information about this this event HERE!
***Students will be asked to provide proof of status during the registration process. Students must submit ONE of the following credentials for approval: Current Class Schedule or Current Student ID
Hospitality Design Magazine & West Elm student product design competition is here! The winning designer will receive a $5,000 prize and have their product produced by West Elm. In addition, they will be featured in the June 2020 issue of Hospitality Design Magazine and be honored at the HD Awards ceremony on June 3rd, 2020 at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York. Entry deadline March 6, 2020! Read competition overview HERE & competition rules HERE!
Final project, design inspiration, career highlights, course work, competitions & scholarship wins! We want to know what Arc+ID students are working on and feature them in our feed!
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How long have you been the Student Affairs Advisor for the Arc+ID program?
I’ve been here for almost 29 years and before that I attended the Certificate program for 7 years, graduating in 1987. I’ve seen thousands of students pass through my doors and when I see graduates working in the field I am just so proud of their success!
What does your typical day look like?
Email, telephone calls, in person meetings with prospective and ongoing students for both the Certificate program and for the Master’s program. I also do transcript and portfolio evaluations, review resumes, and assist with connecting students with internships and jobs.
What is one big change you’ve seen within the industry over the years?
The importance of an Interior Design education! At one time, anyone with good taste could become an interior designer. But in today’s world, more concrete skills are needed. Knowledge of building codes, surface materials, environmental standards, computer design software, and proper lighting just to name a few examples. A good education prepares designers for what today’s industry is seeking in a professional- it separates an “interior designer” from an “interior decorator”.
What are some qualities that you believe make for a successful student in the program?
Most students know within their first few classes if this program is the right fit for them. In the long run cutting corners never works so being prepared to study and invest enough time in the program will lead to success. When it comes to students who are changing careers, I would say being open to new ideas and learning different ways of doing things is key.
How important are internships for students?
Internships are career builders and the hands-on experience that it delivers is very important, especially since it may be the first time that many students will be in a design office setting. And sometimes, it’s not what they expect! Internships can really shape what a student would like to do in the industry. It can also lead to a job!
What are your job search tips for students just entering the field?
If you are new to interior design you should start compiling a portfolio of your work from the beginning of the program. You never know when an opportunity could come along! For more advanced students, we offer an Advanced Portfolio Design & Graphic Storytelling course. By the end of the course students have a personal portfolio, résumé, and sample work. In addition, students learn techniques on presentations, interviews, and client meetings. This type of course can really help polish the edges and give you the confidence for a worthy job search. Lastly, do your research. Check out what firms big and small are seeking in candidates and focus on learning any of the skills you are lacking.
What are helpful design resources you can recommend to students?
Build a professional design network, i.e., belong to a design organization(s), like ASID and attend industry events at design hubs like the Pacific Design Center. Build and maintain your relationships from UCLA!
If you could recommend one book to students, what would it be?
I have so many, I could never pick just one! But I have to say, I still enjoy looking at hard copies of interior design magazines. Old or new, there’s just something about the striking images and the way magazines are laid out. It’s more tangible and something the internet can’t capture.
Typical, how do you spend your time away from the office?
I go to the theater, new restaurants, art exhibits, book readings and the movies. Anything that keeps me engaged and inspired! Lately, I’ve also been playing Spelling Bee, a New York Times word puzzle with my grandchildren. They’re whip smart and beat me every week!
Thank you for your time Suzanne! The Arc+ID program is lucky to have you!
Suzanne’s office is located in the 1010 Westwood building and if you have not met Suzanne, or have any unanswered questions about the program, don’t hesitate to setup an appointment by calling (310) 794-3747.
Make plans to attend the WestEdge Design Fair October 24-27, 2019!
Discover the best in design from 200 exhibiting brands, enjoy panel discussions with design industry leaders, culinary demos and food tastings, cocktails, and more — all in an environment designed to engage, entertain, and inspire you!
Design students are invited to register for complimentary access with sign up by October 18th 2019. Register HERE! & Preview the event HERE!
Are you a current student or alumni?
Alumni, Certificate of Interior Design graduate June 2019
Can you tell us a little about your background and how you became interested in interior design?
My career path began as a graphic designer in Austin, Texas where I worked for the notable and global Pentagram Design Studio. I received an offer to move to Los Angeles and work in the consumer product graphics division of Hanna-Barbera, where I spent the next 20 years working my way up to the level of a Senior Creative Executive. Throughout my graphic design career, I always had an affinity toward human built structures and interior design. In the summer of 2015, I discovered the UCLA Arc+ID program and enrolled with the goal of seeing where interior architecture would take me.
How do you think going through the Arc+ID certificate program was beneficial to you as someone who was changing careers?
I found the Arc+ID department staff and many of the instructors to be very supportive and encouraging to career “transitioners” like myself, especially in the early part of the program. The pacing and content of the courses allowed me to get a broad understanding of the discipline and details needed to work in the industry. Since many of the instructors are working professionally in the field, they were able to share their career path and some hard-learned experiences which I completely absorbed.
What was one of your most memorable experiences going through the program?
I had several “ah-ha!” moments while taking the Design Communication classes, especially when learning drafting details and tricks from my instructors-who were all excellent draftsmen! My most memorable moment was seeing Axonometric drawing examples and trying to get my head around the possibility of drafting one! David Alvarez was a wonderful instructor and taught the entire class how to draft an Axo in one class session.
Now that you have finished the program, what are you currently working on?
I am self-employed and I currently have three residential projects at various stages of development – a young family in a new modern build that is more than double the size of their previous home, a family investing in furnishings and finishes in their “forever” home, and a retiree that is updating her home after many years of living with the same interior design aesthetic.
What are some helpful tips that you would recommend to students still in the program?
Get to know your fellow students, instructors, and join ASID! Networking is beneficial to anyone changing careers because the more experiences you can share and learn about, and events you attend the better off you will be in finding your path.
What is your favorite place in Los Angeles to go for creative inspiration?
Los Angeles is such a diverse and rich place to live and work, I have no one favorite place for creative inspiration. I love what is going on in DTLA from the new construction, to the renovations, and restorations, especially in the Arts District. The Pacific Design Center and the retailers along La Cienega and Beverly/Roberston provide a wealth of inspiration. I think a lot of students may feel intimidated to go into those retailers, but my experiences have always been to feel very welcomed.
Join forces with participating PDC professionals to create presentation boards that capture the spirit of a “Well-Lived Life”. A student awards reception will take place on Fall Market Day (Thursday, September 26) where top designs can win prizes that include an Arc+ID class!For more information or to be matched with a PDC showroom please contact Eleanor Schrader at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 11th. Check out some student competition success stories HERE! and learn more about the PDC Fall Market HERE!
The Harold W. Grieve Scholarship Committee has significantly INCREASED the scholarship winnings!
1st Prize: $10,000
2nd Prize: $7,500
3rd Prize: $5,000
2 Honorable Mentions: $3,000 each
Don’t miss your chance to take a big bite out of tuition and send in your entry today!
Entries should be class projects-commercial or residential-that show your ability to create innovative concepts, space plan, furnish and decorate.
Submissions should be two-dimensional presentations only.
Presentations will be made on Friday, August 24, 2018 at the Designers Lounge at the LA Mart.
This competition is being held as part of the Rocky LaFleur Lifetime Achievement Award Celebration on September 26. Winning scholarships will be awarded at the Celebration.
Please submit the following information ASAP to email@example.com to claim your spot to compete:
Harold W Grieve Scholarship
ASID Student Member #:
Anticipated Graduation Date:
Head of Dept. Name and Email Address:
Presentations will be approximately 20 minutes per student and will be held on Friday, August 24, 2018 between 10am and 3pm at the LA Mart, 1933 S Broadway, Downtown Los Angeles.
MIX-IT-UP Fundraising Event
Students, faculty, friends, family, and guests are invited to join us for our annual Mix-It-Up! fundraiser. Don your cocktail attire and enjoy an evening at the lovely Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills on July 1. There will be live music, a silent auction, and a grand prize raffle drawing. Light fare and first drink are included; no-host bar thereafter. All proceeds go toward funding our community service project for PATH, People Assisting the Homeless.
Date: Sunday, July 1st
In June: $40
At the door: $50