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

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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.