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Do these advertising pieces look familiar? If so, you’ve been looking at the work of a Certificate of Interior Design alumnus, Lee Winnick!

That’s right! Lee Winnick, an Interior Design Certificate grad, and her talented creative team produced this campaign!

Lee WinnickLee Winnick has been working in advertising and graphic design for over 25 years in Los Angeles, London, and South Africa. It wasn’t until 2008 that she decided to take her passion of interior design to the next level and enroll in our Certificate program. It was in Eleanor Schrader’s Fundamentals of Interior Architecture that Lee’s love affair with interior design began.

ArcID Brochure

Lee Winnick helped design the new Arc+ID brochures

“UCLA Extension provided me with the education that I needed to put my passion to work and extend my current business offering to include interior design” says Lee. After graduating in 2012, Lee officially incorporated interior branding—a niche area of business—into her company, fundi.

Last June, Lee and her team of eight were hired by UCLA Extension’s marketing team to re-design the Arc+ID brochure. “It was very exciting to be involved with this project and to be able to give back to an organization that had given me so much,” exclaimed Lee.

But the projects didn’t stop there! Not long after this initial project, Lee found herself working yet again with the marketing team to conceptualize and execute a UCLA Extension advertising campaign to promote the overall institution. The campaign has been highly visible—with large outdoor billboards, street-pole banners, bus tails, digital advertising, animated displays, and more!

“This campaign expressed my experience of what being a student at UCLA Extension means,” Lee explains, “UCLA Extension is an incredible way to educate and equip oneself to achieve both career and personal goals. So our campaign messages—‘be what you wanted to be when you grew up’ and ‘go from work you to do work you love’—resonated directly with me. After graduating from the Interior Design program, I was able to make the transition from client-based work to more creative, challenging endeavors.”

We asked Lee to share a piece of advice for other ambitious students that may be looking to pursue a career in her field of work. “Love what you do and do what you love. The design business—whether it is graphic design or interior design—is extremely hard work. In the words of Charles Eames, ‘the details are not the details. They make the design.’ So as designers, we need to ‘sweat the small stuff’ as it really does matter!”

 

We are so grateful to have Lee Winnick share her design project adventures with us! If you have a success story, we want to hear about it! Click here.

 

See What Two Master of Interior Architecture Alumni are Designing!

What are graduates of the UCLA Extension/Cal Poly Pomona Master of Interior Architecture program doing today? Being awesome, that’s what! Two alumni, Laurence Cartledge and Michelle Mulitz, are working at Lauren Rottet Studio and helped with this amazing cruise liner design project! Check it out:

Click here to read an article about this project that was published in Interior Design magazine!

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Arc+ID Alum and Guidance Committee Member, Charrisse Johnston, elected to the 2016 National ASID Board of Directors!

We are excited to announce that Charrisse Johnston, one of our Master of Interior Architecture graduates and member of our Guidance Committee, has been elected to the Board of Directors for The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

Charrisse Johnston, ASID, Associate AIA
, is a past national ASID board member. Johnston is currently a firm-wide interior design practice leader and principal at Los Angeles–based Steinberg Architects. She has previous experience working as the senior associate and studio operations leader at Gensler.

 She also served as vice president of corporate planning at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, where she was responsible for managing their consolidated financial and strategic planning efforts.

The 2016 Board of Directors: Sandy Gordon, Charrisse Johnston, Sarah W. Colandro, Teresa Sowell, Denise Rush, Melanie Murata, and Eddy Schmitt; Images courtesy of ASID

The 2016 Board of Directors: Sandy Gordon, Charrisse Johnston, Sarah W. Colandro, Teresa Sowell, Denise Rush, Melanie Murata, and Eddy Schmitt; Images courtesy of ASID

The 2016 Board will be comprised three officers, seven directors-at-large, and one industry partner representative. Randy Fiser, ASID CEO, believes that each of the new board members will “propel ASID in to the future as the voice of the profession” with their “insights and strategic guidance.”

So what are the responsibilities and expectations of the ASID Board of Directors? As described on the ASID website, the main objective for the Board is “to advise, govern, oversee and set policy, [assist] in the leadership of ASID, and [act] as representation of the overall membership. The Board delegates to the Society’s executive vice president/CEO for the management of operations and resources.”

Charrisse’s position as the Chair-Elect will begin October 1, 2015.

 

 

The Story of Leslie Shapiro Joyal and the Happy Accident that led her to Success!

profile imageEverybody’s path in life is unique and can be full of unforgettable experiences. For UCLA Extension Architecture & Interior Design alum, Leslie Shapiro Joyal, those experiences started with a happy accident.

At an early age, Leslie was determined to become a successful painter—that is, until she accidentally stumbled upon design during her education at community college. “The drawing class I applied for was not open,” she recalls, “and my only option was a design composition class.” This “happy accident” ultimately led her to the Architecture & Interior Design program at UCLA Extension. The schedule was demanding and projects were challenging, but the experiences Leslie had during her education were priceless. “I had the opportunity to work with some of Los Angeles’ design luminaries – including interior designer Kerry Joyce, textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen, and gallery owner Mark Krasne.

After graduating in 1991, she was hired as design assistant to modernist architect Frank Israel. It was in this studio that she felt her sensibilities evolve. Only a few years later, she opened her own interior design company shapiro joyal studio, which also features some of her custom designed furniture pieces.

To add to her list of amazing life experiences, Leslie was chosen to participate on the hit HGTV reality show Ellen’s Design Challenge, created by Ellen DeGeneres. When she received a random email from her casting agency inviting her to apply to a reality show about furniture designers, she glanced at it for a second, deleted it, but then thought “why not” and resurrected it from email trash. After tons of interviews and paperwork, Leslie finally received the news that she would be competing on live TV among five other designers for a chance to win $100,000 and the opportunity to see their work featured in HGTV Magazine. Unfortunately, Leslie was eliminated early, but just being recognized for her talent, being selected among hundreds of other applicants, and having the opportunity to compete was, as Leslie put it, “truly one of the highlights of my career.”

We asked Leslie to share some advice based of her life experiences. Here’s her insightful tips:

  1. Be prepared. There will, absolutely, be a moment in your career that is a potential game changer. Be ready for it. Keep taking classes, and keep meeting people. Connections are your biggest asset. You will learn things from people you like, and people you don’t like, and through those experiences you will form your own voice.
  2. Be courageous! Walk head first into what scares you. In 1985, I went to a showroom on a field trip that I fell in love with. I knew I had to work there. I waited until the tour was over, pulled the owner aside, and begged him to give me an interview. I got the job and on my first day, right before the elevator doors opened, I took a deeeeep breath and walked into the next chapter of my life.
  3. Be YOU! My final piece of advice, and I know how cliché it sounds, but it is true for me. Listen to your inner voice. Let you be you. You may be doubted, and you may be told that your ways are wrong. Stand your ground! As artists, you are the rule breakers, and you are the ones that change the paradigm. Own and unleash your artistic spirit so that others can benefit from it. What is often misunderstood at first usually becomes the beloved. Don’t be afraid to be different, and let your inner sense guide the way.

Below, enjoy a collection of images from Leslie’s career as a designer and (brief) career as a reality TV star:

Platinum winner - Awards for Design Excellence. The ADEX Awards is the Largest and most prestigious awards competition in the architecture and design industry.

Platinum winner – Awards for Design Excellence. The ADEX Awards is the Largest and most prestigious awards competition in the architecture and design industry.

Risser Nesting Tables

Risser Nesting Tables

Interior Design by Leslie on Kings Road

Competitors on the HGTV reality show Ellen's Design Challenge

Competitors on the HGTV reality show Ellen’s Design Challenge

As seen on Ellen's Design Challenge, designer Leslie Shapiro Joyal (left) and lead carpenter David Sheinkopf (right)  team up to create unique furniture designs.

As seen on Ellen’s Design Challenge, designer Leslie Shapiro Joyal (left) and lead carpenter David Sheinkopf (right) team up to create unique furniture designs.

 

To see Leslie’s full collection, click here.

To see more images from the HGTV show Ellen’s Design Challenge, click here.

We are so grateful to have Leslie share her exciting adventures with us! If you have a success story, we want to hear about it! Click here.

 

Ashley Maxwell, an Arc+ID Alumnus, shares her success story!

AshleyMaxwell-headshotAshley Maxwell is a 2007 graduate from UCLA Extension’s Architecture and Interior Design program, a NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer, and LEED Accredited Professional. She currently is the Lead Senior Interior Designer for the Cuningham Group Architecture’s Los Angeles office location and her efforts are focused in the Heal Studio. Prior to attending UCLA Extension, Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a Minor in Fine Arts from Clemson University in South Carolina. She is currently enrolled in UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health to obtain her Masters in Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Community Health Sciences and will graduate in August 2015.

“One of the greatest aspects of UCLA Extension’s Arc+ID program,” Ashley explains, “was the flexible course schedule that allowed me to concurrently begin a design career in Los Angeles.” Her favorite classes included Color Theory and the various Design Studios. Although the coursework was rigorous, it provided an excellent foundation for her career. The program also provided her with opportunities to participate in internships at prestigious hospitality firms in Los Angeles such as Hirsch Bedner Associates and Zebrowski Design Group. During school and immediately following graduation, Ashley worked at Zebrowski Design Group and then SF Jones Architects in Marina Del Rey, CA, where her design work focused on hotels, restaurant and lounge projects.

In 2008, Ashley’s career shifted focus to healthcare and medical research projects. She gained valuable experience in both medical planning and healthcare interior design while working at Zakian Woo Architects and HOK in Los Angeles. Ashley endeavors to collaborate with key stakeholders in each project to develop the most appropriate, evidence based and creative design solutions. Her passion for design is dedicated to promoting health equity, sustainability and preventative wellness through the built environment. Ashley strives to raise awareness of the impacts of planning and design on population health and encourages collaboration between the design community and public health advocates to promote the incorporation of evidence based design and behavioral theory concepts into all projects, resulting in healthier and move livable communities.

To the current students in the Arc+ID program, Ashley has some words of wisdom: “Begin establishing your professional network while in school. Joining a student chapter of a Professional Organizations in Los Angeles (eg. IIDA, ASID, AIA, AWA+D) and volunteering on various committees will help you meet potential employers, develop good communication skills, refine your design interests, and learn more about the different career opportunities within the design community.”

Below is a collection of images from projects that Ashley worked on from various stages in her career:

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

Cedars Sinai Medical Center / Cardiac Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

Cedars Sinai Medical Center / Cardiac Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

Cedars Sinai Medical Center / Cardiac Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

Cedars Sinai Medical Center / Cardiac Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

Mission City Community Network / Community Clinic / Los Angeles, CA

Mission City Community Network / Community Clinic / Los Angeles, CA

Kaiser Permanente / Regional Medical Laboratory / Chino Hills, CA

Kaiser Permanente / Regional Medical Laboratory / Chino Hills, CA

Kaiser Permanente / Medical Office Building / Santa Monica, CA

Kaiser Permanente / Medical Office Building / Santa Monica, CA

Kaiser Permanente / Medical Office Building / Santa Monica, CA

Kaiser Permanente / Medical Office Building / Santa Monica, CA

 

We are so grateful to have Ashley share her exciting accomplishments with us! If you have a success story, we want to hear about it! Click here.

 

Arc+ID Alumni exhibits with The UCLA Hammer Museum for Arts ReSTORE: Westwood

Bridgid Coulter, a graduate of the Architecture + Interior Design Program at UCLA Extension, has been selected by curators to participate in this month-long Initiative that aims to re-energize the area with pop-ups presented by local artisans.

Bridgid-Coulter-Textile

With a style that embodies a global-modern aesthetic, Brigid Coulter Design textiles embrace vibrant colors and unique, bold patterns. The eco-conscious line screenprints all fabrics locally on all-natural linen with water-based dyes. The collection is available as pillows or yardage for custom textile needs, and features a limited edition slipcover for a canvas director chair.

Bridgid Coulter Textiles will be exhibited and available through November and will include their most recent design: Passion Play. Swing by for some great art, shopping and festivities!

BRIDGID COULTER DESIGN

Exhibition location: 1000 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 310-963-5360 | Email: hello@bridgidcoulter.com
Website | Facebook | Instagram: @bridgidcoulterdesign

Arts ReSTORE LA: Westwood runs through November 24. The stores are open for business from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays – Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, including a full event schedule and vendor details, go to artsrestore.la. You can also follow #Westwood on the Hammer’s Twitter and Facebook channels for updates.

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