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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!

Sherwin-Williams to Host Online Design Student Event on Friday, July 24th!

Photo Credit: Sherwin-Williams

Log on and learn about Sherwin-Williams resources for students and emerging professionals including complimentary sample tools, rendering options for palettes, and how to make color specification a breeze. This online educational course will cover paint basics as well to equip you with the knowledge to transition into the field! Thank you to ASID Pasadena and Shelby Fowler, Designer Account Executive at Sherwin-William!

Date: Friday, July 24, 2020

Time: 12:00 noon (PST)

Event Registration: HERE

Hope to see you there!

Congratulations to Ankita Gogne & Ksenia Riasnianskaia on their NEWH Scholarship Wins!

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.

Congratulations to you both!

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

Student Spotlight: ASID Pasadena Student Shadow Day!

Lynnelle, Alana, and Gaby at Masbuild Inc.

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?

 YES! GO SIGN UP!!!! 🙂

Amazing, thank you, Gaby!

HD Expo 2020 Is Coming! Student Discount with Early Registration!

Dynamic. Bold. Inspiring.

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

 

West Elm Partners with HD Magazine for Student Design Competition!

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! 

 

 

Staff Spotlight: Student Affairs Advisor Suzanne Sheppard

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!

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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.