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Congratulations to Jennifer Fong, winner of the $1,000 James Northcutt Scholarship Award!

Photo by Gary Fong/Genesis Photos

Congratulations to Jennifer Fong on winning the $1,000 James Northcutt Scholarship Award!

Please describe your project?

My project was originally submitted in the Fundamentals of Interior Architecture class.  The objective was to choose a famous designer/architect and create a poster presentation of their work and impact on design.  I chose the famous Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudi.  I was inspired by his innovations in areas of sustainability and the integration of structure with an aesthetic purpose.  My project focused primarily on Casa Batllo in Barcelona, Spain.  I took elements that were iconic to the structure and placed them cohesively on a poster board.  These elements included the “skull” balconies, recycled tile, and doors that opened to the interior attic space.  I took it a step further by integrating 3-dimensional paper-mache to the balcony skull and a pull-out 1-point perspective of the interior attic.  A battery powered light feature lit the depth of the room to emulate the actual light in the Casa Batllo.

How did you come up with the concept for your project?

Similar to understanding the design world, I took a very close look at what was successful in previous quarters projects.  After selecting my architect, I figured that the best posters had “special effect” elements integrated into them and thought that was an awesome way to communicate the architect’s work.  A picture of the interior attic space of the Casa Batllo also inspired me because the specific type of arch, a “drop-chain” arch, was also used as load-baring within the structure.

How will the scholarship help you meet your career goals and aspirations?

This scholarship is really a representation of God’s grace upon me.  I don’t deserve it, but I am so thankful for this portion of school funding.  This has helped me continue to take classes, as I hope to eventually complete the Masters of Interior Architecture degree.  I am honored that my ideas do matter, and I hope to use this award as a reminder to keep propelling forward in my studies.

From your experiences in the Certificate of Interior Design program, what helpful insights would you share with prospective students?

I’ve found that the people in this program want to grow just as much as you do.  Everyone is willing to help one another because we’re all trying to accomplish the same goal.  If you’re thinking about applying to this program, know that it can be rigorous at times, but you have people along side you to finish the race with.

The $1,000 James Northcutt Scholarship Award tuition credit award that is granted based upon the excellence of your work in the Fundamentals of Interior Design class. 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 Khorshid Mazaheri, winner of the $3,000 Hirsch Bedner Scholarship Award!

Khorshid Mazaheri is a current student in the Advanced Level/Master’s Program.

How did you come up with the concept for your project?


In any design, concept is the core of the whole design process. Searching to see
and explore new innovating ideas, I chose an architect and an environmental artist
from whom I could be inspired. Japanese architect, Sou Fujimoto and Brazilian artist
Henrigue Oliveria. Fujimoto believes in “in between spaces”. Using pattern andrhythm, he creates an integrity by gathering different elements. Use artificial chaos to resemble natural order. Henrique creates interactive installations by wood. Resembling a suspended nature that has been created by human, breaking order in different ways to create a new organic one. As we are trying to use a very new concept of farming which is artificial to save the nature, we are creating a new approach of caring for nature which is in contrast with old visions of environmental concepts. So I decided to embrace this contrast and make it a focal point of the whole building by hanging the hydroponic cells from the ceiling and penetrate the roof to extend the concept outside of the building.

Please describe your project?

In this project, I tried to create one integrate system that works as a whole. I used shipping containers because they are practical, easy to use and also a symbol of the concept of reusing. The containers are hanged from the structure that I added to the building. Ten pillars, four in each sides and two in the middle. These also made it possible for me to detach the floors from the walls and create visual connection between different levels of my project. The levels are connected by ramps and the hydroponic cells can be reached by a catwalk that circulates the whole walls in upper level. In this way, the hanged containers are the focal point and they are visible all over the building.

We enter the project right into the restaurant which is the most crowded part of the building and the place in which people can communicate. This is a flexible building and it can be used for variety of purposes.  So during the day, it can be served as a community center, the market will sell hydroponic products and the gallery will exhibit art. At night, it will have a totally different look and application. The market will be used as a gathering area in celebrations and local events and the art gallery can be a performance place for plays and small concerts. To add to the flexibility of the building, the containers can move horizontally. By moving, they create variety of possibilities, spatially and visually. Also, they are covered with graffiti which is done by local artists and can be changed annually by another one. So the whole building is an exhibit of art.

Images of Khorshid Mazaheri ’s project:


The Howard Hirsch Design Scholarship is a $3,000 tuition credit award that is granted based upon the work demonstrated in projects commended not only for outstanding and innovative design solution, but also for the tremendous focus and professionalism displayed during the final design project.  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 Shaghayegh Amirshaghaghi, winner of the $3,000 Hirsch Bedner Scholarship Award!

Shaghayegh Amirshaghaghi is a current student in the Advanced Level/Master’s Program. Prior to joining this program, she received a Bachelor degree in Historical Architecture and a Master degree in the Conservation of Historical Urban Context, both from the Art University, in Iran.  Shaghayegh is a world heritage fan! She had the opportunity of working in several historical sites in her home country, Iran. This includes conservation of the historical palace Aliqapoo in Esfahan and also remodeling of a historic mansion to an art school. The latter project was a very enriching project that entailed a postmodern design, while respecting the culture and historical theme of the site and also developing a modern environment to address the continuing needs of students. The Master program in Interior Architecture, at UCLA, gave her a chance to think globally, familiarize herself with western design as well as sustainability ethics that are indispensable in modern architecture.

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

 Please describe your project?

Studio III was a great experience for me thanks to professor Carvalheiro who provided me with invaluable guidance through the course of the project. Our project was to design a multipurpose environment with a focus on hydroponic gardening system.

How did you come up with the concept for your project?


We were to design a hydroponic gardening system, and I was inspired by several components: Historical Persian gardens, specifically the plan dimension and the ratio of the open space to the built space in these gardens; The ziggurat-shape structure of Babylon hanging gardens in Persia; The Damian Hirst’s artworks that use glass boxes to showcase the meaning of life and death, at the same time. The ziggurat glass structure in my design keeps the hydroponic system inside it, which is a symbol of life. The material for this structure is dichroic glass that displays different colors by undergoing a color change in certain lighting conditions.

As a piece of advice for students who are looking to pursue the Master of Interior Architecture program.:

Study programs in US are good opportunities for cultural exchange. You see many ambitious students coming from diverse cultures and historical backgrounds.  Your peers and instructors are among the best sources to get exposed to distinct cultures, to broaden your design ideas and to come up with new concepts. In a friendly environment, where people respect each other, different religions and cultures, we can all work much better. We, as artists and designers, can have a key role in creating a productive dialogue across the world.

Images of Shaghayegh Amirshaghaghi’s project:

The Howard Hirsch Design Scholarship is a $3,000 tuition credit award that is granted based upon the work demonstrated in projects commended not only for outstanding and innovative design solution, but also for the tremendous focus and professionalism displayed during the final design project.  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 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.

Congratulations to Kimberly Porter, winner of the $3,000 James Northcutt Scholarship Award!

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Kimberly Porter is what many instructors would call an outstanding student. She was nominated for the Northcutt Scholarship by her Studio II instructor, Rogerio Carvalheiro, who recognized her remarkable talent. Like many other students in the program, Kimberly career path began in an entirely different field—and it took a repeated bout of dissatisfaction for her to realize that she has a bright future in interior design ahead of her.

Frustrated while working in TV and film, Kimberly began wondering if she had chosen the right line of work. “If this doesn’t work out,” she thought, “I want to be an interior designer.” While taking on another TV job and then another with no avail, Kimberly enrolled in the Certificate of Interior Design program at UCLA Extension in Summer 2009 and was immediately hooked! Although she remained employed at her TV jobs while attending classes in her spare time, she knew it was time to move on from TV and jump wholeheartedly into Interior Design. So in Spring 2013, she switched gears to fulfil her Interior Design dreams.

During her education at UCLA Extension, she had the opportunity to work at a design firm in Pasadena that specializes in multi-family residential work. Kimberly’s employer sees great potential in her and has been extremely supportive of her educational path and growth as a designer. “I love going to work every day,” Kimberly stated enthusiastically, “I know I made the right move into this field of work!” In Fall 2014, Kimberly accomplished her goal of obtaining a Certificate of Interior Design and will be applying for her Master’s of Interior Architecture at UCLA Extension/Cal Poly Pomona this Spring 2015.

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

Please describe your project.
This project combines elements of the styles of architect Daniel Libeskind and fashion designer Prabal Gurung to create a live-work loft space intended for two design professionals living and working under the same roof. Both Libeskind’s and Gurung’s designs are dominated by geometric shapes, sharp angles, and asymmetry, which I used to create sculptural walls that divide the rooms in the space. One of the elements I was most drawn to in Libeskind’s designs was his affinity for adding highly stylized, modern and geometric elements to existing (sometimes historical) spaces, so I was very conscious of combining similar protruding shapes with more raw materials, like using existing concrete flooring throughout the common spaces and reclaimed wood facing for the walls throughout.

In space planning the 3-story loft space, I really considered how the space might be used both during work and personal time. In my own life, I value a separation between work and home life so the space is designed so that the people living there do not necessarily have to go through the home to access the work spaces, and vice versa.

How did you come up with the concept for your project?
Once I had researched the past works of Daniel Libeskind and Prabal Gurung, I started considering what kind of geometric elements would be most appropriate for this project, and how they would interact with the existing building. I played around with 3-dimensional shapes in SketchUp, inserting large independent iceberg-like shapes into the space, stretching and changing them until I saw what I was looking for. And then the real fun came in the details, like the floating staircases and railings, choosing finishes, and both finding existing and designing custom furnishings and lighting! I surprised myself by adding elements of copper throughout, an unexpected element of my own sense of style living amongst that of Libeskind and Gurung.

How will the scholarship help you meet your career goals and aspirations?
I am so grateful for this scholarship, which is allowing me to go on to the Master’s level and enhance my knowledge and skills as a designer. My primary goal will be to learn more about building systems, codes, and the business side of the interior design field.

From  your experiences in the Certificate of Interior Design program, what helpful insights would you share with prospective students?
I feel like all of the classes leading up to Studio II genuinely came together in that one class. Because of that, and incredible creative support and encouragement from Rogerio, I had a huge confidence boost working on this project and that increase in confidence has carried through to my professional life as well. It has even resulted in my promotion at work! All of this reinforces that I have chosen the right career, and I’m excited to discover what more is ahead.

Images of Kimberly Porter’s project:

The James R. Northcutt Scholarship for Advanced Students a $3,000 tuition credit award that is granted twice a year to students who have completed Interior Architecture Studio II. The award is based upon the work demonstrated in projects from Interior Architecture Studio II. 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 Northcutt Scholarship Winner, Tatiana Ukhvatkina!

Tatiana Ukhvatkina is a current student of UCLA Extension’s Architecture and Interior Design Program. Although she has always had an interest in art and design, Tatiana spent most of her school years studying economics and math in order to make her family happy. However, when she moved away from her country of origin, Russia, she let her passion grow.

Tatiana decided to take a few design classes and could not stop. About a year ago, she took her first step in the Interior Design field and interned with a well recognized celebrity designer. During her internship she gained excellent experience and knew this was something that she wanted to do. In order to fulfill her own professional goal, Tatiana continues to further her education in the program, while working with a successful residential designer in Los Angeles.

Designed by Tatiana Ukhvatkina.

The James R. Northcutt Scholarship for Advanced Students awards $3,000 in tuition credit twice a year to students who have completed Interior Architecture Studio II. The award is based upon the work demonstrated in projects from Interior Architecture Studio II and the selection of the final recipient is by portfolio review, conducted by the scholarship committee and invited members of the professional design community.