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Ashley Maxwell, an Arc+ID Alumnus, shares her success story!

AshleyMaxwell-headshotAshley Maxwell is a 2007 graduate from UCLA Extension’s Architecture and Interior Design program, a NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer, and LEED Accredited Professional. She currently is the Lead Senior Interior Designer for the Cuningham Group Architecture’s Los Angeles office location and her efforts are focused in the Heal Studio. Prior to attending UCLA Extension, Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a Minor in Fine Arts from Clemson University in South Carolina. She is currently enrolled in UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health to obtain her Masters in Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Community Health Sciences and will graduate in August 2015.

“One of the greatest aspects of UCLA Extension’s Arc+ID program,” Ashley explains, “was the flexible course schedule that allowed me to concurrently begin a design career in Los Angeles.” Her favorite classes included Color Theory and the various Design Studios. Although the coursework was rigorous, it provided an excellent foundation for her career. The program also provided her with opportunities to participate in internships at prestigious hospitality firms in Los Angeles such as Hirsch Bedner Associates and Zebrowski Design Group. During school and immediately following graduation, Ashley worked at Zebrowski Design Group and then SF Jones Architects in Marina Del Rey, CA, where her design work focused on hotels, restaurant and lounge projects.

In 2008, Ashley’s career shifted focus to healthcare and medical research projects. She gained valuable experience in both medical planning and healthcare interior design while working at Zakian Woo Architects and HOK in Los Angeles. Ashley endeavors to collaborate with key stakeholders in each project to develop the most appropriate, evidence based and creative design solutions. Her passion for design is dedicated to promoting health equity, sustainability and preventative wellness through the built environment. Ashley strives to raise awareness of the impacts of planning and design on population health and encourages collaboration between the design community and public health advocates to promote the incorporation of evidence based design and behavioral theory concepts into all projects, resulting in healthier and move livable communities.

To the current students in the Arc+ID program, Ashley has some words of wisdom: “Begin establishing your professional network while in school. Joining a student chapter of a Professional Organizations in Los Angeles (eg. IIDA, ASID, AIA, AWA+D) and volunteering on various committees will help you meet potential employers, develop good communication skills, refine your design interests, and learn more about the different career opportunities within the design community.”

Below is a collection of images from projects that Ashley worked on from various stages in her career:

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

Cedars Sinai Medical Center / Cardiac Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

Cedars Sinai Medical Center / Cardiac Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

Cedars Sinai Medical Center / Cardiac Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

Cedars Sinai Medical Center / Cardiac Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

Mission City Community Network / Community Clinic / Los Angeles, CA

Mission City Community Network / Community Clinic / Los Angeles, CA

Kaiser Permanente / Regional Medical Laboratory / Chino Hills, CA

Kaiser Permanente / Regional Medical Laboratory / Chino Hills, CA

Kaiser Permanente / Medical Office Building / Santa Monica, CA

Kaiser Permanente / Medical Office Building / Santa Monica, CA

Kaiser Permanente / Medical Office Building / Santa Monica, CA

Kaiser Permanente / Medical Office Building / Santa Monica, CA

 

We are so grateful to have Ashley share her exciting accomplishments with us! If you have a success story, we want to hear about it! Click here.

 

Design Competition: Getting L.A. to Zero

“Imagine a building designed and constructed to function as elegantly and efficiently as a flower: a building informed by its bioregion’s characteristics, and that generates all of its own energy with renewable resources, captures and treats all of its water, and operates efficiently and for maximum beauty.”
 


Getting LA to Zero CompetitionThe Living Building Challenge Los Angeles Collaborative is hosting a “Getting L.A. to Zero” Competition, a call for innovation in three categories: Design, Product, and Strategy.

 

Registration Deadline: Feb 28, 2014 at 5:00PM

Poster Submissions Due: May 5, 2014 at 5:00PM 
Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Categories:

  • Design Innovation: Submissions must meet the requirements of all (7) Petals and applicable Imperatives outlined in the Living Building Challenge to create an architectural proposition within the boundaries established in the site area map. A holistic and innovative approach to net-zero design that explores a paradigm shift within one of the following typologies: Renovation, Landscape/Infrastructure, Building, or Neighborhood
  • Product Innovation: This category encourages investigation into the design of a specific technology system, component or product. This is intended to recognize those that develop and leverage new and emerging technology in the built environment. Submissions must address one of the following Living Building Challenge Petals at a minimum:  Water, Energy, or Materials
  • Strategy Innovation: Examine the design process to create new business models, programs and ways to drive successful development projects as they strive for Living Building Challenge Certification. This category also recognizes innovation in research, methodology or building code analysis. Furthermore, programs that drive ideas forward, such as collaborations, partnerships, and other strategic alliances that encourage sustainable business development.Innovative strategies, processes and/or technology will be shared to make the goals of getting to zero a reality. Submissions must address one of the following Living Building Challenge Petals at a minimum:  Water, Energy, or Materials

Eligibility: Undergraduate and Graduate students at institutions throughout all of Southern California. Contestants must be enrolled at a college or university and be able to present at the final presentations in Downtown Los Angeles on May 15, 2014. 

Prizes: The winning team in each Category will receive $1,000.  In addition, each winning team will receive coverage in the Trim Tab publication, recognition at the annual unConference and the quarterly newsletter as part of the prize.

Contact: Matthew Johnston at info@livingbuildingla.org

More information: http://www.livingbuildingla.org/getting-l-a-to-zero-competition

living building challengeThe Living Building Challenge Los Angeles Collaborative is a community-based, in-person group that comes together for informal learning experiences and to advance community transformation. Collaborative members create the local conditions that support development of Living Buildings, Sites, and Communities.

 

Ecology.Design.Synergy Exhibition

From March 18 – April 19th Cisco Home (440 N. La Brea Avenue Los Angeles, California) is staging an exhibition to redefine the term sustainability
“by examining how people inhabit their built environments.” This exhibition will showcase the designs of Behnisch Architekten and Transsolar ClimateEngineering through their international projects and constant collaborations.

Behnisch Architekten has long been known in Europe for a dedication to sustainable practices and has built a reputation in the United States through their Los Angeles offices. They have also recently added a studio in Boston. The firm has serviced many fabulous clients including Harvard University, the City of Santa Monica, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and University of Baltimore. Their best-known North American building is the LEED-Platinum Genzyme Center in Cambridge, MA, which is featured in the exhibition.

Thanks to DWELL magazine for the head’s up!

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Sustainability Speakers at UCLA

UCLA is hosting a new speaker series about sustainability. Their calendar listing states: “In this series leading academics, policymakers, and practitioners discuss how cities, counties, and regions can meet the challenges of mitigating and adapting to climate change. While much attention is focused on the federal American Clean Energy and Security Act and the international UNFCCC meeting in Copenhagen, we will examine what can be done at the local level to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change.”

On Monday, November 2, they will host the discussion “Making Green Affordable: Barriers to Creating Energy Efficient Non- Profit Housing.”(2:00 PM – 3:00 PM at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, Room 1246) Abode Communities Vice President and Director of Architecture Tim Kohut, AIA and LEED AP, will speak about challenges to building green affordable housing. FREE and open to the public. Find detailed event and RSVP Info for this and other happenings HERE.

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REMINDER: NEWH Sustainable Spa Design Competition!

NEWH has announced their 4th Annual 2010 Sustainable Spa Competition!
The NEWH Sustainable Hospitality Design Competition will provide students with the opportunity to showcase their design skills while utilizing the very best in sustainable design products and practices. Application of Intent is due December 11, 2009. Entries are due February 26, 2010. We encourage our students to take part in this exciting opportunity!

AWARD:
$5000 JLF/lone meadow Scholarship Award to the Student
$5000 Designtex award will go to the Interior Program the winning student attends

For information and entry details visit the contest website. Winner will also be featured in the HD Expo Las Vegas!

Arc_ID News: Weekend Edition (updated)

– Reminder:AIA/LA’s Manhattan Beach “Staycation” is this weekend, Sunday October 4th. You can buy tickets online HERE.

IDS Resource Night is coming up on Tuesday October 13th! We’ve written about it before HERE. For information or a registration form you can email Judi at: judidoling@sbcglobal.net, be sure to let her know if you’re an Arc_ID student!

NEWH has announced their 4th Annual 2010 Sustainable Spa Competition!
The NEWH Sustainable Hospitality Design Competition will provide students with the opportunity to showcase their design skills while utilizing the very best in sustainable design products and practices. Application of Intent is due December 11, 2009. Entries are due February 26, 2010.
AWARD:
$5000 JLF/lone meadow Scholarship Award to the Student
$5000 Designtex award will go to the Interior Program the winning student attends
For information and entry details visit the contest website.Winner will also be featured in the HD Expo Las Vegas!

– October is Architecture Month! In 2007, under the leadership of Councilmember Tom LaBonge and the AIA Los Angeles Board of Directors, the month of OCTOBER was officially proclaimed as Architecture Month by the City of Los Angeles City Council. Architecture Month celebrates the built environment and inspires to bring a greater awareness of the importance of architecture and design to the community-at-large. You can view all upcoming events on AIA’s Calendar.

Enjoy your weekend!

Tidbits of News (9.17.09)

LEED Teacher is offering single-day Los Angeles seminars in October & December. While we do not necessarily endorse any particular form of test preparation, these are presented as one of many fine options for students preparing to take the LEED Exam. You can register for seminars on October 1, October 22 or December 3 by visiting their website.

A new Panelite case study was just released in their September Newsletter. It is an interesting read regarding a sustainable solution to the need for privacy on the CSUF campus’ Henry Madden library. We would also like to note that one of our very own graduates, Sean Kim, (who also provided us with the header image) designed the interiors for this library while working for AC Martin.
Case study preview:
Case Study: Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno CA
Design: AC Martin Partners
Product: Panelite ClearShade IGU with clear tubular honeycomb

Challenge:
The architects’ challenge was to enclose the upper-story reading room of the new Henry Madden Library for privacy and a sense of focused calm while allowing views to the campus. Their aesthetic intent for the library was to reference two local elements: the tectonics and craft of basket weaving and the varied textures of the agricultural landscape.

Solution:
To accomplish these privacy, vision and aesthetic goals they chose Panelite’s translucent ClearShade IGU. The glass panels read as a monolithic surface from the exterior while from the interior, the light quality, directional transparency and spectacular unfolding views create an ephemeral effect. In addition to providing 48% visible light transmission, the ClearShade product offers superior Solar Heat Gain performance due to the shading function of the honeycomb core , contributing to the building’s energy efficiency. ”

You can visit their website to subscribe to their newsletters about products and projects.

Course Spotlight: Green Design Specialization Studio

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ATTENTION Arc-ID Students! There are still spaces available in the fall quarter Green Design Specialization Studio (Reg # V2567) with Isabelle Duvivier! This class can be taken as a subsitute for Interior Design Studio IV for students in the Certificate Program. You can enroll online or by calling enrollment at 310-825-9971 and giving them the listed Registration number.

Course description is as follows: This design studio focuses on incorporating environmental building principles with innovative design solutions. Starting with the development of a schematic design concept, students learn to produce complete interior building plans for a commercial space. Sustainable material selection, natural lighting techniques, passive solar technologies, and other environmental concepts are incorporated, and instruction is supplemented with slide presentations, guest lectures, and building tours. Students’ final presentations include models, plans, interior elevations, daylighting sections, 3D sketches, electrical plans, and details. Prerequisite: X 430C Interior Design Studio III. This “green” course provides course materials online to minimize paper waste; Internet access required. Permission to enroll required. Web enrollments automatically generate a “Permission to Enroll” request.

The boards from Isabelle’s most recent class are currently on display in the 1010 Westwood Building’s lobby entrance. Go and check them out!

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