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Congratulations to Kim Drinkward, winner of the $1000 James R. Northcutt Scholarship Award!

On behalf of the UCLA Extension Interior Design Program, we would like to congratulate Kim Drinkward on having been selected as the winner of the Introductory Level Scholarship.  She were selected in consultation with Eleanor Schrader based upon the excellence of your work in the Fundamentals of Interior Design class.

Thank you for representing our program with such success, and best of luck in your future endeavors.

Congratulations to Beth Fortune, winner of the $3,000 Howard Hirsch Design Scholarship Award!

Beth Fortune 1Beth Fortune is a current student in the Advanced Level/Master’s Program and is new to the world of Interior Architecture, but not to design. Prior to enrolling in the Arc+ID program, Beth was an Art Director in advertising as well as a Photo Stylist. However, Interior Design is where she believes she belongs. “I’m excited to have found a career path in which there is endless opportunity for learning and growth,” Beth exclaims, “I’m eager to be part of a profession that makes people’s lives better by shaping and improving the spaces that surround them. I feel that I have found my place in the world.”

Beth was awarded the $3,000 Howard Hirsch Design Scholarship for her Studio III project, which was nominated by her instructor, Chinmaya Misra. Her project addressed dual-use programming with a furniture solutions company housing both showroom and offices in a 2,600 square-foot space in an historic downtown Los Angeles building.

“Studio III was a great introduction to the Master’s program. Professor Misra challenged students to take their projects to the next level. Her feedback was focused and very smart, and resulted in professional level projects from everyone in the class.”

From Design Communication I on, Beth has appreciated the real-world experience each Arc+ID instructor brings to class—and is grateful that so many instructors choose to give back to the profession by teaching.

We asked Beth to share a piece of advice for students who are looking to pursue the Master of Interior Architecture program. Here’s what she had to say: “Make the most of your time in school. It can be hard to appreciate when we’re overwhelmed with school work, but this is our time to experiment, learn, and find our design voices with support and feedback that, for the most part, does not exist in the professional world. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, that’s the best way to learn. Oh, and to answer the age-old question of AutoCAD or Revit: both!”

Beth Fortune’s Studio III Project

Beth Fortune’s Studio III Project

Beth Fortune’s Studio III Project

The Howard Hirsch Design Scholarship for Advanced Students a $3,000 tuition credit award that is granted once a year to Masters students who have completed all classes up to and including Interior Architecture Studio III. The award is based upon the work demonstrated in projects from Interior Architecture Studio III. 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 Carrie Cheung, winner of the $3,000 Howard Hirsch Design Scholarship Award!

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With a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies and over two years of work experience in architectural firms, international student Carrie Cheung, left her homeland of Hong Kong in December 2013 to pursue the Master of Interior Architecture program at UCLA Extension. “I believe studying abroad can widen my horizon,” Carrie stated in regards to her move to Los Angeles, “and bring me new inspiration and perspectives.”

While living in Hong Kong, Carrie worked on a number of upscale projects which included mix-use development in Mainland China, international competitions, theme park and casino development in Macau, and domestic projects in Hong Kong. “Having the opportunities to be part of those mega-scale projects and collaborating with the whole spectrum of expertise,” Carrie explained, “I found a need to further equip myself to the profession, with knowledge of the interior design discipline.”

Carrie has now completed the majority of classes in the Master’s program, including Studio III with Apurva Pande, the instructor who recognized her strong knack for design and nominated her for the Howard Hirsch scholarship. Carrie’s goal is to graduate by Summer 2015, after which she plans to apply the specialized skills and knowledge that she’ll gain from the Masters program to become a well-rounded architectural designer.

To find out what it takes to win the Howard Hirsch Design Scholarship, we interviewed Carrie about her project and also asked her some questions that prospective students would find valuable:

Please describe your project:
This is an adaptation project in a neo-classical building in Downtown LA. I preserved the arch windows, octagonal columns and the gold-leaf ceiling, and introduce a minimal, contemporary design to make a harmony. We were required to design a 3000 sq.ft. commercial space containing workspace and retail area, and, part of them can be converted to host Pop-up events. I challenge the limit of Pop-up, by creating a highly convertible shared workspace. It is an up-cycling furniture design studio at the daytime, and switches its function to design workshop and social forum after office hour. My design is established on the concept of folding tectonic. I include convertible furniture and sliding partition to meet the needs of different scenario.

First of all, I strategically included a transitional common zone between the retail (Public Area) and office (Private Area) during the space planning stage. The transitional zone refers to reception, conference room and café/rest area. Then, in response to the characteristic of the existing site, I developed a skewed grid as the principle in allocating my programs. The skewed grid gave me a lot more potential in developing interesting geometry when I was applying my design concept to create the central partition. The resulted sculptural central partition made a statement for my project.

How did you come up with the concept for your project?
As Pop-up space is one of the required programs in the project, I developed my concept, folding tectonic, basing on the pop-up paper art. I researched on some paper art forms and made a series of paper models to study the relationship between folding and volume growth, to seek a suitable form for my design. By combining the skewed grid which I developed in the early stage of my project, the pop-up paper models meet the spatial and functional needs, also with an elegant geometric shape.

How will the scholarship help you meet your career goals and aspirations?
I am very grateful for this scholarship, which allows me to spare some money from the tuition in the Master Program. However, spend them on some other meaningful ways of building my design capacity and getting inspirations, for instance, purchasing model making tools and materials; reference books; exhibition tickets and traveling.

What is the best piece of advice you can offer to prospective Master of Interior Architecture students?
Studios in the Master of Interior Architecture Program stress on striking a balance between creativity and practicality. Supported by other courses, such as the understanding of building code, ecology of design and project management, studios provide a dynamic testing ground for students to explore, establish and develop interior design ideas. It is intense, yet a very rewarding program, where I get inspired at every class, especially when I am collaborating with colleagues and instructors with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. The training in this program makes me confident in pursuing my dream to be a successful architectural designer in the future.

Images of Carrie Cheung’s project:

The Howard Hirsch Design Scholarship for Advanced Students a $3,000 tuition credit award that is granted once a year to Masters students who have completed all classes up to and including Interior Architecture Studio III. The award is based upon the work demonstrated in projects from Interior Architecture Studio III. 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 Romina Hausmann, winner of the $3,000 Howard Hirsch Design Scholarship Award!

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Since she was seventeen years old, Romina Hausmann knew that her professional career would evolve in the field of art and its relation to design. Before finding her true passion in architecture & interior design, she attended ESCAC (School of Cinema and Audiovisuals of Catalonia) for 4 years, specializing in Art Direction, where she worked alongside Hollywood professionals such as film producer and director Steven Soderbergh as well as art director Iñigo Navarro.

After several years of working in the industry, Romina developed a growing interest in sustainability in the built environment. “I began to ask myself how I could use my love for art and architectural spaces in responsible designs,” Romina remarked, and ultimately decided that the best way to pursue this interest was through the UCLA Extension Architecture & Interior Design Certificate program.

During her education, Romina’s talents shone brightly—raising the attention of many of her instructors. Luis de Moraes, a UCLA Extension Design Studio II instructor, asked her to be his teaching assistant and has been enjoying her support for about a year now. Also, both Alex Dorfman (Design Communication III instructor) and Judith Corona (Elements of Design II instructor) requested that her outstanding work be showcased for the 2014 CIDA accreditation review. And just recently, her Studio III instructor, Apurva Pande, acknowledged her superior talents by recommending her as a candidate for the Howard Hirsch Scholarship. In addition to this scholarship, Romina is also the recipient of the Harold Grieve Scholarship offered through ASID on September 2014 as well as the Graduate Presidential Fellowship Award offered through Cal Poly Pomona on March 2015.

Earning her Certificate of Interior Design from UCLA Extension gave her the necessary knowledge of design to prepare her for the next step in her education: the Masters of Interior Architecture program at UCLA Extension via Cal Poly Pomona. Romina knew that by pursuing her Master’s degree, she would be able to better answer the needs of ecological design. “Finding sustainable design solutions is a long, ambitious and difficult road,” she states, “but there is no other way.” Romina, fluent in four major languages, plans to apply her learning experiences internationally, sharing her knowledge and creativity necessary for the development of a more ethically conscious, responsible, and better world.

To find out what it takes to win the Howard Hirsch Design Scholarship, we interviewed Romina about her project and also asked her some questions that prospective students would find valuable:

Please describe your project:
In Studio III, we had to come up with an idea for a commercial space that would be divided between retail area, working space and private area. From the beginning I knew I wanted to create an innovative design avoiding the conventional use of the walls and dividing the space with the product itself, using it as a partitions and display at the same time.

How did you come up with the concept for your project?
The strongest feature on my project is the relation between the product I’m selling (in this case the Shade Sails) and the partitions of the rooms. I was looking for an unconventional design that avoid the use of walls and instead use the product (Shade Sails) for display and partitions of the space. After experimenting with mock-up scale models, I came up with the idea of the Hyperbolic Paraboloid, which is directly related to the geometric form of the Shade Sail. After I found this relation it was easy to design the partitions based on this geometrical principle and use it at the same time as a display for the product.

How will the scholarship help you meet your career goals and aspirations?
The Howard Hirsch Scholarship will help me to continue my education on the Master Program in Interior Architecture at UCLA Extension/Cal Poly Pomona. It is really encouraging to know that your efforts and hard work is recognized. This will push me even further to keep experimenting and trying new creative and innovative points of view on my future designs.

What is the best piece of advice you can offer to prospective Master of Interior Architecture students?
I personally recommend trying to design every project from a holistic point of view. The best way to success is to experiment and try different options, trying to approach the project from a creative and also practical point of view. I strongly recommend experimenting with real architectural scale models. I would never have achieved my final results if it wasn’t for the tactile experience with the different materials and shapes I try to create. Computer comes last.

Images of Romina Hausmann’s project:

The Howard Hirsch Design Scholarship for Advanced Students a $3,000 tuition credit award that is granted once a year to Masters students who have completed all classes up to and including Interior Architecture Studio III. The award is based upon the work demonstrated in projects from Interior Architecture Studio III. 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.