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Arc+ID Alum and Guidance Committee Member, Charrisse Johnston, elected to the 2016 National ASID Board of Directors!

We are excited to announce that Charrisse Johnston, one of our Master of Interior Architecture graduates and member of our Guidance Committee, has been elected to the Board of Directors for The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

Charrisse Johnston, ASID, Associate AIA
, is a past national ASID board member. Johnston is currently a firm-wide interior design practice leader and principal at Los Angeles–based Steinberg Architects. She has previous experience working as the senior associate and studio operations leader at Gensler.

 She also served as vice president of corporate planning at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, where she was responsible for managing their consolidated financial and strategic planning efforts.

The 2016 Board of Directors: Sandy Gordon, Charrisse Johnston, Sarah W. Colandro, Teresa Sowell, Denise Rush, Melanie Murata, and Eddy Schmitt; Images courtesy of ASID

The 2016 Board of Directors: Sandy Gordon, Charrisse Johnston, Sarah W. Colandro, Teresa Sowell, Denise Rush, Melanie Murata, and Eddy Schmitt; Images courtesy of ASID

The 2016 Board will be comprised three officers, seven directors-at-large, and one industry partner representative. Randy Fiser, ASID CEO, believes that each of the new board members will “propel ASID in to the future as the voice of the profession” with their “insights and strategic guidance.”

So what are the responsibilities and expectations of the ASID Board of Directors? As described on the ASID website, the main objective for the Board is “to advise, govern, oversee and set policy, [assist] in the leadership of ASID, and [act] as representation of the overall membership. The Board delegates to the Society’s executive vice president/CEO for the management of operations and resources.”

Charrisse’s position as the Chair-Elect will begin October 1, 2015.



ASID UCLA Extension Presents a Special Restaurant & Retail Design Tour at Stir Market!

Stir Market is a modern California take on the classic European food hall experience, offering a variety of culinary choices where you can meet, dine, and shop in an intimate setting. The market hall mixes epicurean retail space and a casual restaurant represented by distinctive specialty food stalls. Owner, Designer, and Branding Expert, Bryan Libit will be our guest speaker and will provide us with a restaurant tour.

RSVP for the event today by clicking here or on the image below!

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Congratulations to the new ASID|UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board Members!

Incoming President Nancy Peng, Faculty Advisor Shepard Vineburg, ASID, & Outgoing President Natasha D’Souza


Introducing the ASID|UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board of Directors 2015-2016:


Board Position

Nancy Peng President
Deola Hassan Vice President
Linette Dai Secretary
Flavia Ferraz Treasurer
Lauren Moody Dito Membership
Iris Kuo Events
Courtney Holshouser Fundraising
Tristan Wand Community Service Project Manager (Committee Chair)
Marta McClelland Community Service Project Designer (Subcommittee)
Amy Lang PR + Marketing (Committee Chair)
Margaret Smith Graphic Designer (Subcommitee)
Amber Sokolowski Communications Manager (Subcommitee)
Lauren Gneunon Delegate-at-Large
Shepard Vineburg, ASID Faculty Advisor

The new Board Members will take leadership from April 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016. Learn more about the ASID|UCLA Extension Student Chapter here: www.asiduclaextension.com


Get ready for WESTWEEK 2015 at the Pacific Design Center!

Mark your calendars! WESTWEEK 2015 is right around the corner.

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Pacific Design Center’s WESTWEEK 2015 Spring Market, the West Coast’s definitive showcase for global design, debuts Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26, 2015. The two-day event provides a comprehensive series of informative presentations and engaging events featuring internationally-renowned tastemakers, while also debuting the latest luxury furnishings and interior resources crafted by today’s foremost design innovators. The 2015 year also commemorates PDC’s four decades of design leadership, serving as an iconic architectural landmark anchoring L.A.’s historic design district. 


WESTWEEK 2015 Showroom Program

WESTWEEK 2015 Open House Events



ASID UCLA Extension presents Light Lab at Lamps Plus

Join ASID UCLA Extension on Friday, February 20, 2015 for a Light Lab session to learn about various subjects within lighting and the latest advances. There will be an Instagram Scavenger Hunt concluding this event with the winner receiving a $500 shopping spree! Light appetizers and refreshments to be served.

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The evening with Lamps Plus will include:
  • An informative Light Lab touching on the different facets in lighting
  • Learning about the latest advances in lighting choices
  • Q&A session
  • An Instagram Scavanger Hunt with the winner receiving a $500 shopping spree!

Check-in will begin at 6:00 PM
Light Lab will begin at 6:30 PM

Lamps Plus – West LA Showroom
2012 S Bundy Dr
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Driving Directions


Space is limited, so guarantee you spot by signing up today!


ASID UCLA Extension Presents Its 9th Annual Mix It Up!

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Join the ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter for the 9th Annual Mix It Up! Step foot into Hollywood’s Aventine for an unforgettable evening of glamour and cutting-edge design. Dress to impress!

Described as “…the charm of old world Rome married with a modern San Francisco-inspired design aesthetic”, Aventine will provide the perfect backdrop for a sumptuous event in Tinsel Town.

Take this wonderful fall evening off to mingle with fellow students, UCLA faculty, industry partners, and professional interior designers while you enjoy a complimentary assortment of food and sip on beverages from the cash bar.

Mix It Up! is more than just a glamorous night – it’s where design and philanthropy collide. Proceeds of the event benefit the Jenesse Center, a domestic violence intervention center here in Los Angeles.

Located at Hollywood’s Aventine
1607 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

Early Bird Pricing: Members $30 | Non Members $40
(Prices increase $5 after Sunday October 12, 2014)

Valet Parking $10

Tickets include:

  • Complimentary champagne toast upon arrival
  • Complimentary assortment of food
  • Complimentary photo booth
  • Live DJ
  • Red Carpet Media Wall Photo Op
  • Chance to win amazing designer prizes
  • And everyone gets a gift bag just for coming!

Click Here to Purchase Tickets!


Shepard Vineburg announced as the ASID Student Chapter Faculty Advisor of the Year!

ASID Student Chapter announces Faculty Advisor of the Year is our very own Shepard Vineburg!

Shepard Vineburg, ASID is awarded ASID Student Chapter Faculty Advisor of the Year for his outstanding service as an invaluable supporter of the entire ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter. He consistently supports the chapter through this teaching, his generous introductions of students to his nurtured industry partner relationships, and through his commitment to bridging the gap between the classroom and the interior design community. He encourages students to participate in tours and educational opportunities, and he has placed many students in internship programs and professional positions. In addition, he has been involved in planning more than 50 student career day events with the local ASID chapter. Vineburg is known as a mentor who has elevated the industry for all students he’s touched.

“Bridging the gap between education and industry offers a remarkable advantage to the student chapter. Not only has he shared his passion for interior design, but the relationships he has built over years of practice. What an incredible asset to the students and their student ASID chapter.” – Laura Kimball, ASID

“This faculty advisor CLEARLY has an impressive background and history with ASID. He truly commits to what is expected of a faculty advisor, especially as it relates to bridging the gap between students and professionals. I am thoroughly impressed with the list of activities and involvement.” – Lauren Reinhard, Allied ASID

Congratulations to such a hardworking, honest, and loved instructor of UCLA Extension!


ASID UCLA Extension presents Design + Drinks at Oliver Cafe Friday, August 22!

Don’t miss your opportunity to network over drinks at this charming and chic reuse of a 1960’s era detached round steel bank vault in the heart of Beverly Hills’ Golden Triangle!

In addition, two of our UCLA Extension ARC+ID instructors will be on hand for brief presentations. Henry Lien, Esq, will discuss interior design legal horror stories and Shepard Vineburg, ASID, will give us a background on the Oliver Cafe itself.

$5 for Members | $10 for Non Members
Happy Hour prices on food + drinks
Two hour validated free parking
Space is limited