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Staff Spotlight: Student Affairs Advisor Suzanne Sheppard

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!

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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.

$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!

Alumni Spotlight: Susan McIntyre-Young Interior Design Graduate

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.

 

 

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!

 

Student Volunteers needed for 2nd Annual DESIGNWALK LA!

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 chloe.thornton@mdcwall.com  and here for more information on DESIGNWALK LA 

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! 

MASS Beverly x Swarovski’s Design Competition

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.

Click here to download the complete competition brief.

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For additional information, please contact:    

Helen Cowdrey                                                Tamar Mashigian
Camron PR                                                       Designing PR

helen.cowdrey@camronpr.com                    tamar@cdecor.com

+1 917.675.4359                                               +1 310.276.5001

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

Swarovski

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.

www.swarovskigroup.com

 

Swarovski Lighting

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.

www.swarovski-lighting.com

 

Atelier Swarovski

  • 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.

www.atelierswarovski.com

 

MASS Beverly  

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