ASID Pasadena Student Shadow Day was a huge success, and we caught up with Gaby Niebla to speak with her about her Student Shadow Day experience.
What made you decide to sign-up for the Student Shadow Day, and what did you hope to gain from the experience?
This was my second year of participating in Shadow Day, and since I had a great learning experience the first time, I knew I had to do it again! My designer last year was a residential designer, so this year I requested a commercial designer so that I could learn how commercial design compares to residential design.
Who and from what company were you paired? Do they specialize in one area of interior design?
We matched with Lynnelle Bryant from Masbuild, Inc. She specializes in commercial design, and her scope includes schools, offices, and affordable housing.
What did you do throughout your time/day with your designer?
We started by meeting everyone in the office and learned about their role in the design process. We reviewed current projects and did various on-site visits to projects under construction. Lastly, we visited CSI Fullmer, which is a contract furniture showroom and learned about their products and their services.
Was your experience shadowing your designer different from what you thought it would be? What surprised you the most?
What surprised me the most, was learning that design does not only have to be about creating luxurious spaces for a “extremely wealthy client”. Lynnelle showed us that design can be meaningful, such as providing transitional housing or homes for seniors, who are adapting to a different pace in living.
What was your take away from the whole experience?
Design is a vital element to an overall community, and it can bring people together, allowing them to create better opportunities for their own life.
Would you recommend the ASID Shadow Day to other UCLA Extension Arc+ID students?
YES! GO SIGN UP!!!! 🙂
Amazing, thank you, Gaby!