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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.

 

 

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

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

ALC International Student Showcase

We are pleased to invite you to our next big event:  the ALC International Student Showcase on Wednesday, November 29, 1-3 pm at the Lindbrook Center, 2nd floor.  You can pop in for a few minutes, or stay the whole time!

 1:00 -2:00 

Conference-style Concurrent Sessions

Poster Sessions; Panel Discussions; Graduate Level Research Presentations; Public Speaking Demos

 2:15 – 3:00

ALC Alumni Panel

ALC Alumni share tips and experiences in UNEX Certificate Programs; MA/PhD Programs; Professional Outcomes

Panelists are from: Chile, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, France, Japan

IIDA Student Design Competition

 

The International Interior Design Association has a great student design competition opportunity. The Student Design Competition celebrates original design and rewards individuals and/or teams whose projects demonstrate innovative, functional design solutions that have a positive environmental and human impact, while allowing emerging professionals the opportunity to showcase their work and fresh design ideas to professionals working in the field.

First, second, and third place winners will be selected by a jury of interior design and business professionals who will judge entries based on innovation and creativity, coherence and functionality, human impact, fulfillment of program requirements, and presentation of the information.

Prizes from OFS Brands:
1st Place – $2,500
2nd Place – $1,500
3rd Place – $750

*Prizes to be split amongst team members for team submissions that win.

Winners will be announced in the Spring 2018 issue of QUAD, the IIDA student newsletter, and featured in DesignMatters and on the IIDA website.

For questions and more information, contact Liz Moran, Design Competitions Director, at lmoran@iida.org.

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