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Arc+ID Alumni exhibits with The UCLA Hammer Museum for Arts ReSTORE: Westwood

Bridgid Coulter, a graduate of the Architecture + Interior Design Program at UCLA Extension, has been selected by curators to participate in this month-long Initiative that aims to re-energize the area with pop-ups presented by local artisans.


With a style that embodies a global-modern aesthetic, Brigid Coulter Design textiles embrace vibrant colors and unique, bold patterns. The eco-conscious line screenprints all fabrics locally on all-natural linen with water-based dyes. The collection is available as pillows or yardage for custom textile needs, and features a limited edition slipcover for a canvas director chair.

Bridgid Coulter Textiles will be exhibited and available through November and will include their most recent design: Passion Play. Swing by for some great art, shopping and festivities!


Exhibition location: 1000 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 310-963-5360 | Email: hello@bridgidcoulter.com
Website | Facebook | Instagram: @bridgidcoulterdesign

Arts ReSTORE LA: Westwood runs through November 24. The stores are open for business from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays – Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, including a full event schedule and vendor details, go to artsrestore.la. You can also follow #Westwood on the Hammer’s Twitter and Facebook channels for updates.

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Welcome our new Arc+ID Instructor: Henry Lien


Lien, HenryHenry Lien, JD, UCLA School of Law, BA, Brown University. Mr. Lien practiced as a business attorney for ten years and was involved in cases pertaining to architecture, interior design and construction.  He served eight years as the owner and director of the Glass Garage Gallery in West Hollywood and currently works as a private art dealer, with interior designers comprising a significant portion of his clientele. Mr. Lien has also served as the President of the West Hollywood Fine Art Gallery Association and as a board member of the West Hollywood Avenues of Art and Design.


Courses taught by Henry Lien

Success Story: Monique Lafia

moniqueMonique Lafia graduated from the Architecture and Interior Design program at UCLA Extension in 1990, where she obtained her Design Degree from preeminent practitioners in the Design and Architecture fields. Monique spent 9 years as a Designer for highly respected veteran Los Angeles Designers Waldo Fernandez, Cheryl Rowley, and Hendrix/Allardyce, obtaining experience designing international luxury hotels, high-end restaurants, and luxury estates. At the same time, Monique acquired the technical experience she considered necessary for designing luxury residences, and obtained CCIDC and NCIDQ certification/licensing, before launching Lafia/Arvin in 1997.

Lafia/Arvin was established in 1997, by its Principals Monique Lafia, CEO and Chris Arvin (NYU-LL.M, USC-B.S Finance). The company has been featured on Robb Report’s 2012 List of the Top 40 Interior Designers of the World, and listed as the highest rated Interior Design Firm in the current Franklin Report. Their Clients span across the spectrum, such as: shareholders, officers and directors Fortune 500 type international businesses; world famous athletes such as Sugar Ray Leonard, and Wayne Gretzky; musicians such as Kenny G; actors, directors, producers and other well known individuals in the entertainment industry, business owners, and prominent physicians who are attracted to Lafia/Arvin’s sense of design, attention to detail and personal service (Robb Report has highlighted that Lafia/Arvin is known for differentiating itself by never passing any of the designer decisions onto an associate, with the principals being hands-on).

Monique was the key-note speaker at Dwell On Design at the LA Convention Center in 2012 and at West Week at the Pacific Design Center in 2013.

We are honored to feature Monique Lafia as one of our highly successful graduates of the Arc+ID program!

For more information about Monique and her Interior Design company, visit http://www.lafiaarvin.com/.

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AIA|LA Presents the Cal Coast Home Tour

When: Sunday, October 20, 2013, 11AM to 4:00PM
Where: Malibu, Palisades and Santa Monica
Price: $65 AIA Members, $85 Non-Members

When most people think of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) they think of driving up the Northern California Coast towards San Francisco. What can be forgotten is the Southern part of the California Coast: Malibu, Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica. In this southern section, the PCH acts as the “Main Street” for many residences, where owners have built their homes as a refuge from the hectic every day life and also embraced inspirational design with the coastline as their backyard. Come drive the Los Angeles portion of the PCH and visit the “other” California Coast in AIA Los Angeles’ Fall Home Tour. Read More

Don’t miss the opportunity to see these magnificent homes and to take the “Cal Coast Tour!”
Purchase Tickets Here!

Introducing the Fall 2013 Home Tours…
(Alphabetized by firm name)

Meridian House
Firm: Thane Roberts ArchitectsMeridian House 1

Malibu House
Firm: Tighe Architecture
Malibu House

Sunglass House
Firm: Peter Tolkin ArchitectureSunglass House

Calling all talented students!

brother vs. brotherrenovation comp seriesHGTV is currently searching for design professionals . . . for two exciting shows! They are casting the second season of Brother vs. Brother, HGTV’s hit new competition series featuring The Property Brothers, as well as a brand new HGTV Renovation Competition Series.

For Brother vs. Brother they are looking for: Passionate, charismatic individuals who have major hands-on skills, an eye for renovation and real estate know-how. (Contractors, carpenters, Interior designers, architects, real estate professionals, artists and those with design expertise).

For the New Renovation Competition Series they are looking for: Dynamic friends, couples or family members with big dreams and a love for renovation and design.(Handy teams of two who think they have a superior eye for design. Although home renovation experience is a plus, it is not required).

Completed application packages must be received by October 19th, 2013 to guarantee your application will be considered for this Program.

For more info visit: www.castinghgtvshows.com

If you have any questions contact:
Jillian Bonanne
Casting Assistant
Email: jillian@jenscasting.com

New Course: Interior Design Law I


See this sconce? Stylish, isn’t it. Apparently, you are not the only one who thought so.

It was made by an interior designer in San Francisco. A famous Italian-themed hotel in Las Vegas liked it too and asked the designer to submit a bid for 11,000 of them. The designer was able to submit a competitive bid by finding a manufacturer in China to produce them in bulk but still meet the designer’s design and quality standards. The hotel then secretly circumvented the designer, rejected his bid, and hired the Chinese manufacturer directly. Does the designer have a claim for breach of contract? What if there was no written contract?

This is one of many actual cases that will be studied in Interior Design Law I — The Designer-Client Relationship. Henry Lien, who is a fine art dealer and who practiced business litigation for many years, will teach the principals of contractual law as applied to the relationship between the the designer and the client. The course is meant to illustrate how relying on a form contract may not be enough. While not intended as legal advice or to teach designers how to act as lawyers, the course seeks to teach designers to understand the laws that govern their profession so that they develop good business instincts on how to protect themselves, avoid legal disputes, and honor their legal obligations to their clients.

Class begins on September 26th, so click on the link below if you are interested in signing up!