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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!
How long have you been the Student Affairs Advisor for the Arc+ID program?
I’ve been here for almost 29 years and before that I attended the Certificate program for 7 years, graduating in 1987. I’ve seen thousands of students pass through my doors and when I see graduates working in the field I am just so proud of their success!
What does your typical day look like?
Email, telephone calls, in person meetings with prospective and ongoing students for both the Certificate program and for the Master’s program. I also do transcript and portfolio evaluations, review resumes, and assist with connecting students with internships and jobs.
What is one big change you’ve seen within the industry over the years?
The importance of an Interior Design education! At one time, anyone with good taste could become an interior designer. But in today’s world, more concrete skills are needed. Knowledge of building codes, surface materials, environmental standards, computer design software, and proper lighting just to name a few examples. A good education prepares designers for what today’s industry is seeking in a professional- it separates an “interior designer” from an “interior decorator”.
What are some qualities that you believe make for a successful student in the program?
Most students know within their first few classes if this program is the right fit for them. In the long run cutting corners never works so being prepared to study and invest enough time in the program will lead to success. When it comes to students who are changing careers, I would say being open to new ideas and learning different ways of doing things is key.
How important are internships for students?
Internships are career builders and the hands-on experience that it delivers is very important, especially since it may be the first time that many students will be in a design office setting. And sometimes, it’s not what they expect! Internships can really shape what a student would like to do in the industry. It can also lead to a job!
What are your job search tips for students just entering the field?
If you are new to interior design you should start compiling a portfolio of your work from the beginning of the program. You never know when an opportunity could come along! For more advanced students, we offer an Advanced Portfolio Design & Graphic Storytelling course. By the end of the course students have a personal portfolio, résumé, and sample work. In addition, students learn techniques on presentations, interviews, and client meetings. This type of course can really help polish the edges and give you the confidence for a worthy job search. Lastly, do your research. Check out what firms big and small are seeking in candidates and focus on learning any of the skills you are lacking.
What are helpful design resources you can recommend to students?
Build a professional design network, i.e., belong to a design organization(s), like ASID and attend industry events at design hubs like the Pacific Design Center. Build and maintain your relationships from UCLA!
If you could recommend one book to students, what would it be?
I have so many, I could never pick just one! But I have to say, I still enjoy looking at hard copies of interior design magazines. Old or new, there’s just something about the striking images and the way magazines are laid out. It’s more tangible and something the internet can’t capture.
Typical, how do you spend your time away from the office?
I go to the theater, new restaurants, art exhibits, book readings and the movies. Anything that keeps me engaged and inspired! Lately, I’ve also been playing Spelling Bee, a New York Times word puzzle with my grandchildren. They’re whip smart and beat me every week!
Thank you for your time Suzanne! The Arc+ID program is lucky to have you!
Suzanne’s office is located in the 1010 Westwood building and if you have not met Suzanne, or have any unanswered questions about the program, don’t hesitate to setup an appointment by calling (310) 794-3747.
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!
Are you a current student or alumni?
Alumni, Certificate of Interior Design graduate June 2019
Can you tell us a little about your background and how you became interested in interior design?
My career path began as a graphic designer in Austin, Texas where I worked for the notable and global Pentagram Design Studio. I received an offer to move to Los Angeles and work in the consumer product graphics division of Hanna-Barbera, where I spent the next 20 years working my way up to the level of a Senior Creative Executive. Throughout my graphic design career, I always had an affinity toward human built structures and interior design. In the summer of 2015, I discovered the UCLA Arc+ID program and enrolled with the goal of seeing where interior architecture would take me.
How do you think going through the Arc+ID certificate program was beneficial to you as someone who was changing careers?
I found the Arc+ID department staff and many of the instructors to be very supportive and encouraging to career “transitioners” like myself, especially in the early part of the program. The pacing and content of the courses allowed me to get a broad understanding of the discipline and details needed to work in the industry. Since many of the instructors are working professionally in the field, they were able to share their career path and some hard-learned experiences which I completely absorbed.
What was one of your most memorable experiences going through the program?
I had several “ah-ha!” moments while taking the Design Communication classes, especially when learning drafting details and tricks from my instructors-who were all excellent draftsmen! My most memorable moment was seeing Axonometric drawing examples and trying to get my head around the possibility of drafting one! David Alvarez was a wonderful instructor and taught the entire class how to draft an Axo in one class session.
Now that you have finished the program, what are you currently working on?
I am self-employed and I currently have three residential projects at various stages of development – a young family in a new modern build that is more than double the size of their previous home, a family investing in furnishings and finishes in their “forever” home, and a retiree that is updating her home after many years of living with the same interior design aesthetic.
What are some helpful tips that you would recommend to students still in the program?
Get to know your fellow students, instructors, and join ASID! Networking is beneficial to anyone changing careers because the more experiences you can share and learn about, and events you attend the better off you will be in finding your path.
What is your favorite place in Los Angeles to go for creative inspiration?
Los Angeles is such a diverse and rich place to live and work, I have no one favorite place for creative inspiration. I love what is going on in DTLA from the new construction, to the renovations, and restorations, especially in the Arts District. The Pacific Design Center and the retailers along La Cienega and Beverly/Roberston provide a wealth of inspiration. I think a lot of students may feel intimidated to go into those retailers, but my experiences have always been to feel very welcomed.
“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!
NEWH LA founding chapter is awarding scholarships to students pursuing a major and career objective within the Hospitality Industry (interior design, hospitality management, culinary, architecture, etc.). Open to international students.
Applications must be received by August 31, 2019. Apply now!
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!
Didn’t make it to NeoCon 2019? You are in luck! The Los Angeles City Center is hosting the 2nd Annual DESIGNWALK LA on 8/22/19!
Come out to see the latest and greatest product offerings from your favorite design partners. We are kicking off the festivities with our Launch Party at Gensler, followed by a self-guided tour through participating DTLA showrooms.Participating manufacturers will collaborate on a unique vignette inside each showroom that will be judged by event guests. The night will conclude with a Wrap Party where the vignette winners will be announced. You don’t want to miss this one!
If you are interested in being a student volunteer for DESIGNWALK LA please contact Chloe Thornton at email@example.com and here for more information on DESIGNWALK LA
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.