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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.

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!

Top 25 Schools for Architecture & Interior Design

Credit: ceoworld.biz (http://ceoworld.biz/2018/07/25/best-universities-to-study-architecture-and-interior-design-in-america-2018/)

Choosing the right program is a life-changing event and students, now more than ever, cannot afford to waste time and resources on a sub-par education.

The field of architecture and interior design is becoming one of the most sought-after professions among career-changers and young professionals. CEOWORLD Magazine ranks the Top 25 Universities to Study Architecture and Interior Design in the United States.

Check out who made the list: CEOWORLD Magazine

UCLA Extension Master of Interior Architecture CIDA Ranked #3 in the Nation

We are pleased to report that for the second year in a row the Master of Interior Architecture program has been ranked by Design Intelligence in the Top 10 Graduate Programs in the Nation. We moved up to position #3 CIDA Ranked. Thank you for your continued support of our terrific program!

Congratulations to Kim Drinkward, winner of the $1000 James R. Northcutt Scholarship Award!

On behalf of the UCLA Extension Interior Design Program, we would like to congratulate Kim Drinkward on having been selected as the winner of the Introductory Level Scholarship.  She were selected in consultation with Eleanor Schrader based upon the excellence of your work in the Fundamentals of Interior Design class.

Thank you for representing our program with such success, and best of luck in your future endeavors.

Congratulations to Beth Fortune, winner of the $3,000 Howard Hirsch Design Scholarship Award!

Beth Fortune 1Beth Fortune is a current student in the Advanced Level/Master’s Program and is new to the world of Interior Architecture, but not to design. Prior to enrolling in the Arc+ID program, Beth was an Art Director in advertising as well as a Photo Stylist. However, Interior Design is where she believes she belongs. “I’m excited to have found a career path in which there is endless opportunity for learning and growth,” Beth exclaims, “I’m eager to be part of a profession that makes people’s lives better by shaping and improving the spaces that surround them. I feel that I have found my place in the world.”

Beth was awarded the $3,000 Howard Hirsch Design Scholarship for her Studio III project, which was nominated by her instructor, Chinmaya Misra. Her project addressed dual-use programming with a furniture solutions company housing both showroom and offices in a 2,600 square-foot space in an historic downtown Los Angeles building.

“Studio III was a great introduction to the Master’s program. Professor Misra challenged students to take their projects to the next level. Her feedback was focused and very smart, and resulted in professional level projects from everyone in the class.”

From Design Communication I on, Beth has appreciated the real-world experience each Arc+ID instructor brings to class—and is grateful that so many instructors choose to give back to the profession by teaching.

We asked Beth to share a piece of advice for students who are looking to pursue the Master of Interior Architecture program. Here’s what she had to say: “Make the most of your time in school. It can be hard to appreciate when we’re overwhelmed with school work, but this is our time to experiment, learn, and find our design voices with support and feedback that, for the most part, does not exist in the professional world. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, that’s the best way to learn. Oh, and to answer the age-old question of AutoCAD or Revit: both!”

Beth Fortune’s Studio III Project

Beth Fortune’s Studio III Project

Beth Fortune’s Studio III Project

The Howard Hirsch Design Scholarship for Advanced Students a $3,000 tuition credit award that is granted once a year to Masters students who have completed all classes up to and including Interior Architecture Studio III. The award is based upon the work demonstrated in projects from Interior Architecture Studio III. To find out if you are eligible for this scholarship or others, please see the Arc+ID Scholarships and Financial Aid information page.

If you have a success story, we want to hear about it!  Click here.

Congratulations to Nicole Perry, winner of the $1,000 James Northcutt Scholarship Award!

Nicole Perry 2Nicole Perry’s first project in the ARC+ID program resulted in a $1,000 scholarship!

Originally from the Bay Area, Nicole Perry received her B.A. in Arts Management from University of the Pacific. After college, she moved to Italy where she lived and worked for a prominent Italian family, while studying the language, culture and art. When she moved back to the US, she settled in Los Angeles, where she began working in the entertainment industry as a television talent agent and where she also met her husband.

Over the years, Nicole turned her interests to design. She built and remodeled a number of homes and properties for both personal and investment purposes. Eventually, Nicole decided to enroll in the ARC+ID Program to turn her passion into a career.

In Fundamentals of Interior Architecture, her first class at UCLA Extension, she had to design a board representing an architect or designer, detailing the elements that define the person’s significance. Because of her Italian-studies background, Nicole decided to focus her project around the famed renaissance architect, Filippo Brunelleschi, an architect, a mathematician, engineer, inventor and visionary.

“I attempted to demonstrate how the combination of all of his talents lead to him solving a centuries-old problem of how to build the then largest dome in the world. In addition, he is also credited as one of the inventors of linear perspective. On my board I recreated a device that Brunelleschi invented to test/prove his theories of perspective.”

Eleanor Schrader, the instructor for Fundamentals of Interior Design, inspired all of the students in the class to deliver top quality work not only by bringing in amazing lecturers, but also through her passion for the subject. Upon finding out her project was the winner of the James R. Northcutt Scholarship, Nicole noted, “the program is filled with so many smart ambitious students, so the bar is set very high within the classroom. I was very surprised to learn I had won, because there were so many outstanding design boards. We have some really talented students!”

Nicole Perry 1

The James R. Northcutt Scholarship for Beginning Students is a $1,000 tuition credit that is granted to one student each quarter who completes the Fundamentals of Interior Architecture course. The award is based upon the caliber of work demonstrated in required class projects. To find out if you are eligible for this scholarship or others, please see the Arc+ID Scholarships and Financial Aid information page.

If you have a success story, we want to hear about it! Click here.

Do these advertising pieces look familiar? If so, you’ve been looking at the work of a Certificate of Interior Design alumnus, Lee Winnick!

That’s right! Lee Winnick, an Interior Design Certificate grad, and her talented creative team produced this campaign!

Lee WinnickLee Winnick has been working in advertising and graphic design for over 25 years in Los Angeles, London, and South Africa. It wasn’t until 2008 that she decided to take her passion of interior design to the next level and enroll in our Certificate program. It was in Eleanor Schrader’s Fundamentals of Interior Architecture that Lee’s love affair with interior design began.

ArcID Brochure

Lee Winnick helped design the new Arc+ID brochures

“UCLA Extension provided me with the education that I needed to put my passion to work and extend my current business offering to include interior design” says Lee. After graduating in 2012, Lee officially incorporated interior branding—a niche area of business—into her company, fundi.

Last June, Lee and her team of eight were hired by UCLA Extension’s marketing team to re-design the Arc+ID brochure. “It was very exciting to be involved with this project and to be able to give back to an organization that had given me so much,” exclaimed Lee.

But the projects didn’t stop there! Not long after this initial project, Lee found herself working yet again with the marketing team to conceptualize and execute a UCLA Extension advertising campaign to promote the overall institution. The campaign has been highly visible—with large outdoor billboards, street-pole banners, bus tails, digital advertising, animated displays, and more!

“This campaign expressed my experience of what being a student at UCLA Extension means,” Lee explains, “UCLA Extension is an incredible way to educate and equip oneself to achieve both career and personal goals. So our campaign messages—‘be what you wanted to be when you grew up’ and ‘go from work you to do work you love’—resonated directly with me. After graduating from the Interior Design program, I was able to make the transition from client-based work to more creative, challenging endeavors.”

We asked Lee to share a piece of advice for other ambitious students that may be looking to pursue a career in her field of work. “Love what you do and do what you love. The design business—whether it is graphic design or interior design—is extremely hard work. In the words of Charles Eames, ‘the details are not the details. They make the design.’ So as designers, we need to ‘sweat the small stuff’ as it really does matter!”

 

We are so grateful to have Lee Winnick share her design project adventures with us! If you have a success story, we want to hear about it! Click here.