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Starting in October! Join Us for Our Fall Quarter No-Cost Interior Design Seminars!

We are happy to announce the continuation of our no-cost one day online educational and personal development seminars in the Fall 2020 quarter. These seminars are free to all and completely online, so please join us for the following:

Form Over Function: The Tension Between Striking Interior Design and Livability Part I (Early 20th Century through Mid-Century Modern)

Description: This course is an overview of the eternal tension between designs that make an aesthetic statement and designs that actually respect how they will be used by the people who have to live with them. The course is a humorous and entertaining stroll through the history of interior architecture, interior design, furnishings, and accessories that examines how the desire to make a statement often results in designs that are uncomfortable, unusable, or outright dangerous.

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020 Time: 10:00 am (PST) – 11:30 am (PST)

Click HERE for Course Registration

Form Over Function: The Tension Between Striking Interior Design and Livability Part II (Post Mid-Century Modern through Contemporary)

Description: Part II of Part I. This course continues the humorous and entertaining stroll through the history of interior architecture, interior design, furnishings, and accessories that examines how the desire to make a statement often results in designs that are uncomfortable, unusable, or outright dangerous.

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020 Time: 10:00 am (PST) – 11:30 am (PST

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Sketching for Designers – Techniques On How To Create A Fast and Precise Sketch

Description: All great ideas start with a sketch. It is a dialogue that depicts our imagination and helps us through the creative design process. A quick initial sketch helps solve any complex computer generated detail. Sketching is a great tool to communicate with our clients; it helps us sort through different ideas very fast, and it is a universal journal that is understood and welcomed by all.

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 Time: 1:00 pm (PST) –3:00 pm (PST)

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Psychology of Residential Interior Design

Description: An introduction to the fundamentals of residential interior design, including the relationship of color, light, texture, balance and composition, which impacts how human psychology reacts within the space; the optimum furniture placement, use of existent space and accessories; and applying these techniques in evolving residential spaces, such as home-office spaces and expanding households.

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020 Time: 12:00 pm (PST) –1:30 pm (PST)

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Hope to see you there!

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!

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!

The Dacor Kitchen Student Design Contest Deadline is July 31, 2020!

The Dacor Kitchen student design contest offers students an opportunity to win a $10,000 or $5,000 scholarship by submitting a rendering of an original kitchen design!  

What you will need to submit:

Entry must be complete and contain all required supporting information and details, along with required project imagery/photographs

Entry must be completed by an individual student, not by a team of students

Entry must be a kitchen rendering

Do not include any text or logos on images/photos

Limit one Entry per Student

Deadline July 31, 2020

Enter the Contest HERE!

Official Rules & Entry Requirements HERE!

Official Site Here

Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge is Here!

The 2020 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge is now open for entries!  This design challenge is a professional competition that celebrates excellence in interior design by students in both residential and commercial categories. The winners will also be published in the Sherwin-Williams magazine, digital magazine, and online platforms. In the past, some winners have moved on to have internships with the judges. All the rules and instructions are on HERE! It is incredibly simple!!

Student Spotlight: Master of Interior Architecture Lauren Rad

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.

 

 

Staff Spotlight: Program Representative Tara Leddington

What first appealed to you about working for the Arc+ID Program?

My mother completed a few classes in the program back when it was located on the 3rd Street Promenade. She always raved about how much she learned and how amazing the program was, so when the opportunity came up, I jumped at the chance!

Which courses do you manage for the Arc+ID program? What are some of your other responsibilities?

 I am the Program Representative for Fundaments of Interior Architecture, the History of Environmental Arts series, the Digital Presentation series, and the program’s elective courses. Also, I manage Arc+ID’s social media pages. The combination of responsibilities gives my job a nice balance of both the technical and the creative, which I love.

What surprised you most when you started working for the Arc+ID Program?

Not that I was surprised, but once I realized how much the staff and the instructors care about the success of the program and its students, I was blown away! It’s truly a group effort and very clear that everyone involved is working toward one goal: to ensure we are giving students the best education possible.

What goals do you have for the Arc+ID program as its newest program representative?

One goal is to work on getting more elective courses offered for the program. Another goal is to create an Arc+ID student community through the program’s social media pages. I want to highlight student success stories in addition to sharing important program information and updates.

What does your typical day look like?

Responding to emails and troubleshooting any student or instructor questions that may have arisen. I check in with the Arc+ID team to discuss our upcoming class offerings, deadlines, and generally to make sure things are running smoothly. I also post to our social media pages and plan for new posts and upcoming marketing events.

What other positions have you held? Which ones was your favorite, and why?

Before starting at UCLA Extension, I worked as an executive administrative assistant in an architecture and design firm based in Culver City. Before that, I spent many years working for a small independent fashion design company in Downtown Los Angeles. I don’t want to pick favorites, but I find I get the most enjoyment from jobs that teach me to approach things differently, push me to be creative, and learn new skills.

When you are not at work, how do you like to spend your time?

I spend as much time with my dog, Leggs, as I can! I’ve also been heading out to take photographs of interiors spaces, design events, and retail pop-ups for the program’s Instagram and Facebook feed. It’s so fun, and I hope to do even more in the coming year.

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Thank you for your time Tara and welcome to the Arc+ID program!

Please, don’t hesitate to contact Tara with any questions, suggestions, or comments you would like to share. Her email is tleddington@unex.ucla.edu  

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