Can you tell us a little about your background and why you decided to study interior design?
It all began when I opened the forbidden drawer. Being a rebel at a young age I always did the opposite of what my parents said, and one day I opened the forbidden drawer in my kitchen and found all different types of screws, a hammer, paintbrushes, some other building materials, and instantly fell in love with building and architecture. From there my inspiration grew. I would build furniture, paint art projects, and later in high school, I enrolled in drafting classes. After taking two years of classes, that’s when I knew I wanted to be an Interior Architectural designer.
As a current Arc+ID student what is some advice you would give students starting out in the program?
Strategize!! Take the time to map out the curriculum to see what classes require more time and which ones that require less and pair them together. This can help you save time and money later in the program. Also, MAKE FRIENDS!!! By creating a bubby system right when you enroll in a class will help you keep updated on all assignments and deadlines so you don’t fall behind.
Since you have been a teacher’s assistant in the program for some years now, can you tell us how that experience has benefited you?
Yes, being a TA for Sheldon Nemoy’s Digital Presentation I: Photoshop Illustrator course has given me so much confidence. I believe learning any design skill by assisting the instructor gives you a deeper level of understanding and will make made every project you create for school or a client a breeze. It has also opened doors in my career, leading to numerous internships and job opportunities.
What was one of your most memorable Arc+ID class experiences?
I cannot choose just one, because it is usually the last day of class at the end of every quarter. That is when students showcase course work and we have a big party with snacks to discuss our projects and what tools we learned in the course.
As an MIA student who’s graduating in Spring, what is next for you, and what type of work are you searching once you have finished?
Yes, this year I will be graduating from the MIA program and I couldn’t be happier! Currently, I am in my last class, the only thing on my mind is creating clean and detailed designs and plans for my final project. I also work as a Visual Designer and In-Home Stylist for William-Sonoma, Inc. But once I finish the Master’s Program, I will definitely be working for myself as an Interior Designer and Decorator.
Who is your favorite interior designer and why?
Everyone has a couple of designer gods they look up to. Mine happens to be Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors, she is a residential designer in Calabasas, California. The main reason why I appreciate her work so much is that she uses the bones of a client’s home, she loves to work with the old and make it new. She uses a variety of materials and patterns and somehow, someway it works out and looks amazing!!! She is someone I look up to and reference when I need inspiration for my own work.
Where in Los Angeles you go for creative inspiration?
Funny enough, I go to the beach for my creative inspiration. It’s bare, relaxing, quiet, and doesn’t have any technical distractions. With the ocean waves crashing as a sound in the background, it allows the pen to flow on the paper a lot easier than a pencil to paper in a florescent-lit study room.
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!
We are pleased to invite you to our next big event: the ALC InternationalStudentShowcase on Wednesday, November 29, 1-3 pm at the Lindbrook Center, 2nd floor. You can pop in for a few minutes, or stay the whole time!
Conference-style Concurrent Sessions
Poster Sessions; Panel Discussions; Graduate Level Research Presentations; Public Speaking Demos
2:15 – 3:00
ALC Alumni Panel
ALC Alumni share tips and experiences in UNEX Certificate Programs; MA/PhD Programs; Professional Outcomes
Panelists are from: Chile, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, France, Japan
The International Interior Design Association has a great student design competition opportunity. The Student Design Competition celebrates original design and rewards individuals and/or teams whose projects demonstrate innovative, functional design solutions that have a positive environmental and human impact, while allowing emerging professionals the opportunity to showcase their work and fresh design ideas to professionals working in the field.
First, second, and third place winners will be selected by a jury of interior design and business professionals who will judge entries based on innovation and creativity, coherence and functionality, human impact, fulfillment of program requirements, and presentation of the information.
Prizes from OFS Brands:
1st Place – $2,500
2nd Place – $1,500
3rd Place – $750
*Prizes to be split amongst team members for team submissions that win.
Winners will be announced in the Spring 2018 issue of QUAD, the IIDA student newsletter, and featured in DesignMatters and on the IIDA website.
For questions and more information, contact Liz Moran, Design Competitions Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEWH, Inc. is offering the $5,000 NEWH Harvey Nudelman scholarship sponsored by Fabricut
Contract & FR One and open to students pursuing a career objective in hospitality Interior Design.
The scholarship sponsor and recipient will be honored on during HD Expo on May 2, 2018 in Las
Vegas, Nevada. The scholarship recipient is required to attend the awards event (travel and
lodging provided). Applications must be received by December 4th, 2017.
Enrolled student attending an accredited college/program
Must have completed half your total required credits/units/hours (undergrad degree) or be a graduate student
3.0 GPA (cumulative) or overall “B” average or grade percentage of 83% – 86% equivalent
Have financial need through college for current/upcoming tuition or program approved books/supplies
Major and career objective within hospitality: Interior Design only
See application for additional submittal requirements
On behalf of the UCLA Extension Interior Design Program, we would like to congratulate Colleen on having been selected as the winner of the $1,000 James R. Northcutt Introductory Level Scholarship. You were selected in consultation with Eleanor Schrader based upon the excellence of your work in the Fundamentals of Interior Design class. Congratulations!
NEWH, Inc. is offering the 5th annual NEWH Product Design Competition $4,000 scholarship sponsored by Symmons. The scholarship is open to Interior Design or Architecture students and includes submission of a lavatory faucet design. The winning student will be honored May 2, 2018 at HD Expo in Las Vegas.
Must be a currently enrolled student attending an accredited college
Must have completed half the requirements/credits for an undergraduate degree or be enrolled in a graduate program
Must show financial need and have eligible outstanding debt for tuition, books or supplies at time of scholarship award in May 2018
Must have 3.0 cumulative GPA or a current overall grade percentage of 83 – 86% or B average equivalent
Must be pursuing a career objective in Hospitality Interior
Design or Architecture
Winner must attend the awards event at HD Expo May 2, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada with airfare/lodging provided
Scholarship submission deadline is January 2nd, 2018.
Did you know?
Scholarships are open to international students
NEWH membership is not required but is FREE to students + full-time educators