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Fernando deMoraes has been featured as one of three acclaimed UCLA Extension instructors chosen to launch the “1,000 Lessons” brand campaign!

Interior designer and UCLA Extension Interior Architecture instructor Fernando deMoraes has been featured for the UCLA Extension “1,000 Lessons” brand campaign! The campaign is based on real stories from our instructors of career inspiration. This short documentary video accompanies two :15 commercials, print, billboard and transit advertising that features Fernando. Watch the UCLA Extension: Fernando deMoraes Short Documentary video here:

Additional videos of Fernando as well as other videos in this campaign can be found on Vimeo via Tomato L.A./N.Y. / Videos.


For the past 20 years Fernando deMoraes has been president of Creative Resource Associates (CRA), an interior design firm based in Woodland Hills specializing in high-end hospitality and residential assignments, with satellite offices in the United Arab Emirates and Brazil. Today, deMoraes is responsible for the design and management of several flagship properties for the Marriott, Hyatt, Westin, and The Ritz Carlton hotel chains. His work has taken him all over the world, including building projects in the Middle East, Asia, and South America. Besides designing luxury hotels, deMoraes has created lavish homes for celebrities in his native Brazil, and designed projects for several members of the royal family in the Middle East.

In addition to his teaching position at UCLA Extension, deMoraes is an active member of the UCLA Architectural and Interior Design Guidance Committee and responsible for the culminating thesis class in the combined masters degree program offered jointly by UCLA Extension and Cal Poly Pomona. Twice Fhas been awarded Extension’s “outstanding instructor” designation.

He is a certificate holder from the UCLA Extension Architecture + Interior Design program and a graduate of the Southern California Institute of Architecture with a bachelor’s degree in architecture.

And the awards for the 2013 Outstanding Instructors goes to…

…Fernando de Moraes and Nate Wittasek for showing excellence in teaching their Master’s level courses!

The Outstanding Instructor Awards ceremony is held annually to honor exemplary teachers in the Arts who have made outstanding contributions this year. We are pleased to announce that this year’s winners are two of our most beloved Master’s level instructors.

Fernando de Moraes has been admired for his superior drafting and design knowledge and strong ability to translate those techniques into a learning platform. From 2002 until now, Fernando’s main focus has been teaching the Master’s Thesis Project Documents class for the Architecture + Interior Design program. He is fully dedicated to providing the best to both the Master’s degree program and to his students.

Nate Wittasek is an expert in building codes and regulations and has been teaching the Understanding Building Codes class for the Arc+ID program since 2004. As Jeff Daniels put it, “He really knows how to make an otherwise mundane subject much more interesting!”

Congratulations Fernando and Nate! We are honored to have you as part of our Arc+ID family!