Nicole 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!”
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.
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