We are so happy to announce that two of our MIA students have won NEWH LA Chapter Scholarships! NEWH scholarships are open to students with a career objective within the hospitality industry. Both Ankita and Ksenia are outstanding students, talented interior designers, and very deserving of their scholarships!
Ankita Gogne was the winner of a $10,000 NEWH LA Chapter Scholarship.
Ksenia Riasnianskaia was the winner of a $5,000 NEWH LA Chapter Scholarship.
ASID Pasadena Student Shadow Day was a huge success, and we caught up with Gaby Niebla to speak with her about her Student Shadow Day experience.
What made you decide to sign-up for the Student Shadow Day, and what did you hope to gain from the experience?
This was my second year of participating in Shadow Day, and since I had a great learning experience the first time, I knew I had to do it again! My designer last year was a residential designer, so this year I requested a commercial designer so that I could learn how commercial design compares to residential design.
Who and from what company were you paired? Do they specialize in one area of interior design?
We matched with Lynnelle Bryant from Masbuild, Inc. She specializes in commercial design, and her scope includes schools, offices, and affordable housing.
What did you do throughout your time/day with your designer?
We started by meeting everyone in the office and learned about their role in the design process. We reviewed current projects and did various on-site visits to projects under construction. Lastly, we visited CSI Fullmer, which is a contract furniture showroom and learned about their products and their services.
Was your experience shadowing your designer different from what you thought it would be? What surprised you the most?
What surprised me the most, was learning that design does not only have to be about creating luxurious spaces for a “extremely wealthy client”. Lynnelle showed us that design can be meaningful, such as providing transitional housing or homes for seniors, who are adapting to a different pace in living.
What was your take away from the whole experience?
Design is a vital element to an overall community, and it can bring people together, allowing them to create better opportunities for their own life.
Would you recommend the ASID Shadow Day to other UCLA Extension Arc+ID students?
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!
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!
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.
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