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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
Final project, design inspiration, career highlights, course work, competitions & scholarship wins! We want to know what Arc+ID students are working on and feature them in our feed!
Follow us on Instagram @uclaxarcid & tag us at #uclaxarcid Can’t wait to see!
We are pleased to extend out an invite to all students/educators to attend NEWH LA‘s Annual Bowling event this year for free!
It includes food and beverages, bowling, photobooth, arcade games and more. There are limited spots available to attend NEWH LA’s Annual Bowling Membership Drive on Thursday, June 20th for FREE.
Must register online! Registration is open now for students and educators.
What better way to learn more about NEWH through networking and bowling with our industry partners, TOP ID’s, designers, and much more. Come see what we’re all about and let’s STRIKE up some fun! We will be diving back into the 80s for this event and handing out prizes for Best Dressed 80s Team, Best Dressed 80s Individual and Best Score!
Start: Thursday, June 20, 2019, 6:30pm
End: Thursday, June 20, 2019
Address: 12125 Venice Blvd, Mar Vista, CA 90066
Come check out the new Arc_ID student work display on the 3rd Floor of the 1010 Westwood Center. Full Design Communication I printed sets went up this week and will be up for the entirety of Spring Quarter. Special thanks to Sarah Lutchmansingh and Rich Yeung for doing an incredible job of organizing and mounting the projects.
1010 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Los Angeles, February 21, 2019 – Swarovski, in partnership with luxury design showroom MASS Beverly, is pleased to invite designers of all disciplines to take part in “The Brilliance of Design” competition. The competition challenges designers to submit a design concept that incorporates Swarovski crystal in a work that applies to one of three categories: Lighting, Home Décor or Architectural Surfaces.
The competition was announced at the launch of ‘The Brilliance of Design’, an expansive showcase through mid-May that explores Swarovski’s lighting, architecture and interiors solutions within MASS Beverly, one of the premiere design destinations in Los Angeles. Curated by design visionary Mary Ta, co-founder of MASS Beverly, ‘The Brilliance of Design’ has Swarovski partnering with the Los Angeles design showroom to put the spotlight on the brand’s Crystal Palace lighting; Swarovski Professional Architecture, Lighting and Interior Solutions; and Atelier Swarovski’s home décor and jewelry collections.
The distinguished jury is looking for imaginative concepts that challenge traditional design approaches and push the boundaries of crystal creativity. Applicants are encouraged to explore Swarovski’s rich design history, as well as its full assortment of crystal colors, effects and materials, to inspire new works. Additionally, Swarovski encourages the use of mixed materials and all designs should celebrate crystal and the art of crystal cutting. When integrating other materials, it is key to consider manufacturing capabilities and limitations for each material.
One winner from each category will see their design concept showcased at MASS Beverly and receive $5,000 crystal sponsorship for future design projects. Winning concepts may also be produced commercially.
In the category of Lighting, applicants are encouraged to push the boundaries of what can be achieved with light and crystal through innovative interpretations of lighting designs. Lighting designs may include: chandelier, surface-mounted light (e.g. sconce), or other creative luminaires.
In the category of Home Décor, applicants are encouraged to innovate home décor designs that serve a functional purpose and are both decorative and giftable. Home décor designs may include: vase, tray, candleholder or other decorative tabletop objects.
In the Architectural Surface category, surface treatments push the boundaries of crystal application within the field of high-end interiors and offer one-of-a-kind crystal applications in terms of quality, diversity and creativity. Innovative architectural surfaces can be applied to walls, tables, room dividers and flooring. These treatments offer designers the opportunity and flexibility to customize designs that juxtapose crystals with myriad materials. Architectural Surface designs may include loose crystal, or a crystal motif pattern or shape integrated into a solid surface. Note that solid surfaces permitted include marble, wood, cement and metal along with carpet.
One winner from each category will be selected by a jury including:
- Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Executive Board, Swarovski Crystal Business
- Mary Ta and Lars Hypko, co-founders, MASS Beverly
- Yves Behar, founder and CEO of Fuseproject and Swarovski collaborator
- Edie Cohen, deputy editor, Interior Design magazine
Deadline to submit entries is April 22, 2019. Winners will be featured in a showcase at MASS Beverly and will have the opportunity to participate in an event at the showroom around the La Cienega Design Quarter’s LEGENDS event in May 2019.
To receive the complete competition brief and official rules, please email:MASSDesignCompetition@Swarovski.com.
For additional information, please contact:
Helen Cowdrey Tamar Mashigian
Camron PR Designing PR
+1 917.675.4359 +1 310.276.5001
NOTES TO EDITORS
Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, the company designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. The Swarovski Crystal Business is run by the fifth generation of family members and has a global reach with approximately 3,000 stores in around 170 countries, more than 27,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.7 billion euros in 2017. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2017, the Group generated revenue of about 3.5 billion euros and employed more than 32,000 people. A responsible relationship with people and the planet has always been an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage, and is embedded today in the company’s well-established sustainability agenda. In addition, the global Swarovski Waterschool education program has reached 500,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers, and the Swarovski Foundation, set up in 2013, works to support culture and creativity, promote human empowerment, and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact.
Swarovski Lighting, formally established in 2011, includes two premium consumer lighting brands: Swarovski with its contemporary aesthetic and Schonbek with its classic designs, as well as Custom Lighting Solutions, a team of experienced in-house lighting designers and engineers specializing in custom modification of its two premium crystal lighting brands for luxury living. Together, Swarovski and Schonbek share more than 250 years of crystal and lighting history.
- Atelier Swarovski offers cutting-edge jewelry, accessories and home décor items which are the ultimate expression of Swarovski. Pushing the boundaries of creativity with crystal, created gemstones and genuine gemstones, it collaborates with the finest talents in the world across fashion, jewelry, architecture and design.
- Atelier Swarovski was founded by Nadja Swarovski in 2007 as a showcase for creativity, craftsmanship, master cutting and material innovations. The brand presents seasonal jewelry and accessories collaborations twice a year, alongside its constantly evolving core collections.
- Atelier Swarovski’s home décor collections, launched at Milan Design Week in April 2016, comprise functional and decorative objects for the home.
- With its focus on conscious luxury, Atelier Swarovski introduced its first fine jewelry collections made with Swarovski Created Diamonds in 2017, and was certified as a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council the same year. In 2018, continuing its sustainability journey, Atelier Swarovski announced its partnership with Fairtrade, working with a cooperative mine in Peru to incorporate responsibly sourced gold into all future collections.
- The brand celebrated its first decade with the release of ‘Brilliant: The Story of Atelier Swarovski’, published by Condé Nast, in early 2018.
- Atelier Swarovski’s past collaborators include Jean Paul Gaultier, Viktor&Rolf, Jason Wu, Christopher Kane, Maison Margiela and Mary Katrantzou for jewelry, and Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Ron Arad for home décor.
MASS Beverly is the leader in international luxury design showrooms serving a global audience. Representing an exclusive collection of innovative and elevated European brands, the West Hollywood showroom offers a 360-degree approach to design, with a comprehensive selection of couture modern furniture brands. Debuting in 2014, MASS Beverly is the brainchild of design visionary Mary Ta, founder of the Minotti Los Angeles showroom, and Lars Hypko, trained as an architect in Italy and an expert in ultra-high-end residential complete turnkey design and products, who have introduced an unparalleled offering of luxury European products, many of them not available anywhere else in the United States, that would complete an entire home. Among the lines represented at MASS Beverly are:
- Bottega Veneta Home
- Henge organic furnishings
- Rimadesio custom glass and marble closets
- Ernestomeda modern kitchens and baths
- Gandiablasco outdoor furniture
- Via Bizzuno and Porsche high tech architectural lighting
The customized design selections perfectly integrate European sensibility with American lifestyle, combining traditional artisanal methods and high tech design without compromising on the design aesthetic.
Clients of MASS Beverly include world-renowned architects, designers and developers. Led by Lars Hypko and Mary Ta, MASS Beverly has collaborated in the development of marquis residential projects throughout the United States, including homes for Calvin Klein, Robert Downey Jr., and Beyoncé and Jay Z.
For further information, visit massbeverly.com
Wednesday, March 13 | 3:00 – 4:00PM
Junior and senior students in Interior Design, Architecture, Hospitality and Environmental Design programs will present their portfolios to industry professionals again this year at BDwest.
Participating students receive a complimentary two-day trade fair pass with one conference session of their choice (a $110 value), along with a minimum of two, 20-minute Portfolio Review meetings on the trade fair floor.
Participating reviewers will get a window into the built environments of the future—and a first-hand look at the talent pool for intern and new-grad positions.
Contact Christina Green at 513.263.9383 or email@example.com.
Join us Saturday, December 1st at 4:00pm for a Discussion and Book Signing with GE WANG for the new book: “Artful Design: Technology in Search of the Sublime, A MusiComic Manifesto”.
What we make, makes us. This is the central tenet of Artful Design, a photorealistic comic book that examines the nature, purpose, and meaning of design. A call to action and a meditation on art, authenticity, and social connection in a world disrupted by technological change, this book articulates a fundamental principle for design: that we should design not just from practical needs but from the values that underlie those needs.
Artful Design takes readers on a journey through the aesthetic dimensions of technology. Using music as a universal phenomenon that has evolved alongside technology, this book breaks down concrete case studies in computer-mediated toys, tools, games, and instruments, including the best-selling app Ocarina. Every chapter elaborates a set of general design principles and strategies that illuminate the essential relationship between aesthetics and engineering, art and design.
Ge Wang implores us to both embrace and confront technology, not purely as a means to an end, but in its potential to enrich life. Technology is never a neutral agent, but through what we do with it―through what we design with it―it provides a mirror to our human endeavors and values. Artful Design delivers an aesthetic manifesto of technology, accessible yet uncompromising.