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Foundation Level Student Timothy Durant’s Photo Included in “Expose: Architectural”!

Congratulations to Timothy Durant who’s picture of the outdoor seating area at the Edgemar in Santa Monica, CA, has been selected as one of twenty works included in the exhibition “Expose: Architectural” by Art Gym Denver! The picture was taken as part of Tim’s coursework for our Photographing Architecture & Interiors course led by instructor Doug Hill.

See more of the work and read about the exhibition HERE!

Congrats again, Tim! Great work!

Join UCLA Extension International Programs for A Virtual Certificate Student Mixer!

Please join the UNEX International Programs Department (ISO) for a discussion about campus resources, career trends, networking opportunities, and shared experiences. All current F-1 and non-F-1 international certificate students welcome to this virtual event! All UNEX departments will have a staff member present to answer any specific program questions. Hope to see you there!

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021
Time: 4-5:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Registration: HERE

HD/West Elm Student Product Design Competition Deadline is April 5, 2021!

Hospitality Design (HD) is partnering once again with West Elm for the third annual HD/West Elm Student Product Design Competition. Current students and those who have been out of school for up to a year are eligible to enter the contest. The deadline to enter is April 5th!

This year, the competition is focused on designing a family of lighting intended for hospitality and commercial spaces. The winning designer will receive a $5,000 prize from West Elm and have their product produced by West Elm.

Light fixtures should be aesthetically neutral enough to fit in multiple environments, yet have a distinct design perspective and seamlessly blend into the West Elm vernacular. The collection should consist of a mix of hard-wired and portable pieces including:

  • A hard-wired sconce (Sconces should protrude no more than 4 inches from the wall to meet ADA requirements)
  • A hard-wired flush mount ceiling fixture
  • A table lamp
  • A floor lamp

Submit to the HD/West Elm Student Product Design Competition

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.

 

 

Staff Spotlight: Program Representative Tara Leddington

What first appealed to you about working for the Arc+ID Program?

My mother completed a few classes in the program back when it was located on the 3rd Street Promenade. She always raved about how much she learned and how amazing the program was, so when the opportunity came up, I jumped at the chance!

Which courses do you manage for the Arc+ID program? What are some of your other responsibilities?

 I am the Program Representative for Fundaments of Interior Architecture, the History of Environmental Arts series, the Digital Presentation series, and the program’s elective courses. Also, I manage Arc+ID’s social media pages. The combination of responsibilities gives my job a nice balance of both the technical and the creative, which I love.

What surprised you most when you started working for the Arc+ID Program?

Not that I was surprised, but once I realized how much the staff and the instructors care about the success of the program and its students, I was blown away! It’s truly a group effort and very clear that everyone involved is working toward one goal: to ensure we are giving students the best education possible.

What goals do you have for the Arc+ID program as its newest program representative?

One goal is to work on getting more elective courses offered for the program. Another goal is to create an Arc+ID student community through the program’s social media pages. I want to highlight student success stories in addition to sharing important program information and updates.

What does your typical day look like?

Responding to emails and troubleshooting any student or instructor questions that may have arisen. I check in with the Arc+ID team to discuss our upcoming class offerings, deadlines, and generally to make sure things are running smoothly. I also post to our social media pages and plan for new posts and upcoming marketing events.

What other positions have you held? Which ones was your favorite, and why?

Before starting at UCLA Extension, I worked as an executive administrative assistant in an architecture and design firm based in Culver City. Before that, I spent many years working for a small independent fashion design company in Downtown Los Angeles. I don’t want to pick favorites, but I find I get the most enjoyment from jobs that teach me to approach things differently, push me to be creative, and learn new skills.

When you are not at work, how do you like to spend your time?

I spend as much time with my dog, Leggs, as I can! I’ve also been heading out to take photographs of interiors spaces, design events, and retail pop-ups for the program’s Instagram and Facebook feed. It’s so fun, and I hope to do even more in the coming year.

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Thank you for your time Tara and welcome to the Arc+ID program!

Please, don’t hesitate to contact Tara with any questions, suggestions, or comments you would like to share. Her email is tleddington@unex.ucla.edu  

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!

LCDQ Student Competition – Deadline May 3rd

 

LCDQ LEGENDS PRESENTS:

“Setting a Legendary Table”

Hosted by Mehraban Rugs


DEADLINE: Friday, May 3

Presentation:

Each student conceives an imaginary dinner party whereby they can invite one or two interior designers, either living or deceased. The student will prepare a visual presentation board (or boards) that illustrates what the design theme of the party will look like, keeping in mind the iconic look(s) of the chosen designer(s).

In addition to the visual presentation, the student will prepare a brief written component to provide a backdrop to the student’s visualization of the theme of the party. The written statement should be approximately 300 words, detailing who would the student choose as their guest(s) and why?

  • Presented to Patrick Dragonette, President
  • By Rocky LaFleur, Eleanor Schrader, and Shepard Vineburg
  • Award ceremony and celebration accompanied by breakfast.

 

Judging and Awards:

Three judges to be chosen from LCDQ members.

Awards given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

Prizes:

1st place:  UCLA Extension Arc_ID class (worth up to $935); Merhaban Kilim rug worth $1,500; design books

2nd place:  UCLA Extension Arc_ID class (worth up to $935); design books

3rd place:  design books

 

For questions and entries, contact Eleanor Schrader:
eleanorschrader@roadrunner.com