UCLA Extension

Edward Varias

Instructor Biography:

Edward Varias is a L.A. based interior designer, a design instructor and an avid traveler. He earned a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in Interior Architecture from California State University Long Beach and his master’s of arts degree in education.  His thesis is on embedding phases in interior design education.  Edward had worked with JS Sugita & Associates and Gensler before becoming a principal for his own firm.  He’s designed numerous variety of commercial and residential interior projects which entails concept designs, FF&E designs, and construction administration.

His diverse work experiences have made him flexible to any interior design projects which include the renovation of Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers International Airport (Gensler), Beverly Pediatric Medical Group, Eric Hanan Jewels – flagship store, Princess Cruise line’s Internet Café (Gensler), and the home of Asia’s most beloved actor, Jackie Chan in Beverly Hills. Edward has been featured in numerous design publications, lifestyle magazines, and appeared on the Christopher Lowell Show for the Discovery Channel.

Edward Varias shares his passion for interior design through his lectures, seminars and workshops. He maintains his own practice – Edward Varias Design, and is an Adjunct Professor for the Interior Design Department at the Art Institute of California in Hollywood and at UCLA Extension.

Click below to see if Edward Varias is teaching a course this quarter.

ARCH X 438 Fundamentals of Interior Architecture

ARCH X 427.8B History of Environmental Arts: Part II

ARCH X 452.1 Color Theory and Application

What students are saying:

In regards to History of Environmental Arts: Part II:

“Understanding historic objects and also how they have been reinterpreted for the stylus notebook was a fantastic exercise.”

In regards to Color Theory and Application:
“I really appreciated that he brought real life work examples and current trends into the classroom.”

“Engaging and encouraging. Edward also made strong effort to create a supportive environment with fellow students. Encouraged student interaction and discussions. Loved this aspect.”

General remarks about the instructor:

“Very supportive. He made us feel comfortable expressing our ideas and gave us great feedback to improve.”

“Edward Varias is a fantastic instructor. He truly cares about conveying up-to-date information in thoughtful and creative ways to his students in a participatory studio environment. He is a great
asset to the faculty at UCLA!”

“Edward is wonderful. Great personality. Up beat, positive, encouraging and real. I felt that Edward had a keen eye to see each student’s strengths and weaknesses and to help guide each student to grow in their shoes.”