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Congratulations to Nicole Perry, winner of the $1,000 James Northcutt Scholarship Award!

Nicole Perry 2Nicole 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!”

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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.

If you have a success story, we want to hear about it! Click here.

Congratulations to Dani Mankey, winner of the $1,000 James Northcutt Scholarship Award!

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Sometimes all it takes is the energy of a city to truly inspire us. Dani Mankey has studied all over the world, but when she moved to Los Angeles from Seattle in 2004 and became exposed to the city’s exquisite and unique creative spaces, the wheels in her creative mind began to turn. “The urge to create those spaces came to me,” she explained. And so, she started the UCLA Extension Architecture + Interior Design program in the Fall 2014 quarter. Only a few quarters in, she’s already starting to plan out her career path. However, like many starting students, the biggest struggle is pinpointing exactly what that will be. “My love of textures and patterns makes me think I would enjoy a more specialized industry such as tiling or textiles,” Dani decided, “but I really love creating atmospheres for friends and families to enjoy and therefore residential, hotel and restaurant design also have my attention.”

After her first quarter of classes, Dani was amazed by the by how much she has learned already and was able to apply that knowledge as well as her inherent talents into a scholarship-worthy project. Dani’s project from Eleanor Schrader’s class on the Fundamentals of Interior Architecture encapsulates the design sense of William van Alen, the architect and designer of the Chrysler Building in Manhattan, New York, which exemplifies the Art Deco style of the 1920s. She wanted to expose the more ambitious aspects of the Art Deco movement that had eclectic influences during its time. So, in her project, she included the mosaic-like lotus flower and Egyptian motif plus marble and wood elements in order to capture the true essence of the design by showing how architecture at the time was influenced by world travel.

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The creativity that she brought to her project was recognized by the scholarship committee and thus she was granted the $1,000 James Northcutt Scholarship Award. Not only has the winnings enabled her to sign up for more classes without financial worries, she was given a boost of energy and excitement for continuing the Arc+ID program. “[The scholarship] provided me with a much-needed reminder that I was on the right path to my next career journey.”

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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.

If you have a success story, we want to hear about it! Click here.

 

 

Congratulations to Christel Ferguson, winner of the $1,000 James Northcutt Scholarship Award!

Christel Ferguson is one of those students who set out in life on one path only to realize that her true passion is interior design. “I had the eye for design,” Christel discovered, “but not the knowledge to back it up.” So she jumped paths and enrolled in the Interior Design Certificate program at UCLA Extension—and could not be happier! “I thought I would take a class or two in interior design at UCLA Extension to see if it was a good fit for me,” she stated, “I was hooked after my first class with Eleanor Schrader and now plan to finish the certificate program.”

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The final project in Eleanor’s Fundamentals of Interior Architecture class involves students creating presentation boards based on an interior designer or architect that has inspired them over the past quarter. Christel chose to do her project on one of the guest speakers from the class, Jonathon Fong. “It was so fun to put the project together. When I found out later that I won the James Northcutt Scholarship it confirmed, for me, that I’m on the right path.”

Christel’s advice for anyone who is thinking about taking classes in interior design is to just jump right in and start. “You never know until you try it,” she states, “I have learned so much in such a short amount of time.”

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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.

If you have a success story, we want to hear about it! Click here.

One-Day Lecture with Eleanor Schrader: Early American Furniture

Explore the history of early American furniture styles and decorative arts with one of Arc+ID most beloved instructors in this One-Day lecture class!

Location: 201 Extension Lindbrook Center, Westwood Village
Date: Saturday, October 4th
Time: 10am-1pm
Units: 0.5

No textbook required, no tests or quizzes–just the simple enjoyment of learning a fascinating subject!

Certificate students can register using the Registration number: 251137
Non-certificate students can register using the Registration number: 251072

Enrollment is limited, so follow the links above to register online or call 310-825-9971 today!