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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.

 

 

Architecture & Interior Design Program Open House on November 7th!

Join us for our FREE open house and informational session on Thursday, November 7 from 7-8:30pm!

Learn about career opportunities and the benefits of our nationally ranked Master of Interior Architecture Program. Open house speakers include the program director, program advisor, instructors, current students and graduates. Learn about program curriculum (Master’s Degree in Interior Architecture, Certificate and courses in general), benefits of enrollment, career opportunities, Q&A and more!

RSVP HERE!

 

$5,000 NEWH Harvey Nudelman Scholarship Now Open!

NEWH Harvey Nudelman $5,000 scholarship, sponsored by Fabricut Contract, FR One is open! Applications due November 20th! The scholarship with be awarded in May of 2020 and is open to interior design students pursuing a career in hospitality. Awarded during The Young Entrepreneurs breakfast and panel discussion at HD EXPO in Las Vegas, Nevada. Scholarship recipient must be able to attend the awards event with paid airfare/lodging provided. Click HERE for submission details  & HERE  application!

IDEC Foundation Graduate Scholarship Deadline November 15th

The Interior Design Educators Council Foundation is calling for applicants who have a desire to become Interior Design educators!

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide travel funding to the IDEC Annual Conference. The 2020 Foundation Graduate Scholars will be mentored by esteemed leaders in interior design education through pre-conference video calls. The 2020 mentors are:

Katherine Ankerson (Dean, College of Architecture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; IDEC Fellow; and former IDEC President), and

Cary Johnston (Visiting Professor, Interior Design Program, Kent State University; former Senior Associate at Gensler, Chicago; former CIDA board member, and IIDA Fellow)

Each scholarship is $1000; up to 3 scholarships will be awarded.

For more information on eligibility and submission requirements click HERE.

IA Interior Architects Diversity in Design Scholarship!

In partnership with the IIDA Foundation, the IA Interior Architects Diversity in Design Scholarship seeks to recognize that creating a diverse design community is paramount in making the world of design a more inclusive and innovative place. 

Scholarship Awards:

One $5,000 scholarship
One $3,000 scholarship
Four $500 scholarships

Deadline October 18. Click HERE for more information and submission guidelines!

Congratulations to Rogerio Carvalheiro on his Design Achievement!

“Notre-Dame holds a special place in my heart,” says architect Rogerio Carvalheiro

Arc+ID instructor Rogerio Carvalheiro shares his inspiration and process behind his unique holographic Notre-Dame competition design. His stunning work was selected to the finalist category (top 6 of over 200 entries from 56 countries!) and a book featuring finalist designs will be published soon. Read his GoArchitect interview HERE and check out his design submission HERE

Congratulations to Rogerio!

Design & Win- NEWH Green Voice Design Competition!

Design & Win a $7,500 Scholarship!

The NEWH Green Voice Design Competition provides students with the opportunity to showcase their design skills while utilizing the very best in sustainable design products and practices. Our sponsors have generously donated the awards – one to the winning undergraduate student and one to the winning graduate student with airfare/lodging to the awards event at HD Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Entries due January 3, 2020. Apply Now!

 

Thermador Invites Students to Enter Kitchen Design Challenge!

With $110,000 IN TOTAL PRIZE WINNINGS and over 50 ways to WIN, the odds are in your favor!

STUDENT CONCEPT KITCHEN REQUIREMENTS –

Design an exceptional kitchen space, that is both functional and beautiful, for a hypothetical client. Kitchen should be a minimum of 200 square feet with a maximum budget of $250,000. Only individual students (no teams) may enter the Contest online during the Entry Period.

The kitchen design must include at least three (3) primary Thermador appliances within the Cooking, Refrigeration & Dishwasher categories. Additional Thermador appliances are encouraged

Renderings should be submitted as high-res .jpg files and can be no larger than 20 MB.

Write a narrative (max 3,000 characters) to provide background information about your hypothetical client, objectives, design challenges, etc. 

Click here for more information!
Click here for official entry requirements and submission instructions!