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Dwell on Design 2015 – America’s Largest Design Event – Get your tickets now!

About Dwell on Design

Dwell on Design Los Angeles
May 29-31, 2015
Los Angeles Convention Center

Dwell on Design Los Angeles, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center May 29-31, 2015. With three full days of dynamic exhibitions, unparalleled educational opportunities, cutting-edge technologies, 90 onstage programs, 250+ speakers, and more than 2,000 innovative modern furnishings and products, Dwell on Design Los Angeles is America’s largest design event.

  • 400+ Exhibitors presenting 2000+ products
  • 250,000 square feet of Exhibition space to explore
  • 250+ Speakers on 3 stages
  • 3 days of Continuing Education Seminars
  • 450+ registered Press
  • 5+ Full-scale prefab homes
  • 2 days of Ride and Drives
  • International & Cultural Pavilions
  • Student Design Gallery and More

Show Hours
Friday, May 29         10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, May 30    10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, May 31       10:00am – 5:00pm

Student Registration

As a gesture to future Designers, Artists, Architects, Builders and Planners, we are proud to offer a discounted Student 3-Day Pass for all currently enrolled high school, undergraduate and graduate students. Student attendees MUST show valid student credentials when picking up their badge (e.g. student ID card or copy of current transcript).

Early Bird Registration: January 15 – March 31, 2015
Advanced Registration: April 1 – May 25, 2015
Regular Registration: May 26 – May 31, 2015


Dwell Design Week

Dwell Design Week is a series of special events leading up to and in conjunction with Dwell on Design, and which encourages both design professionals and consumers to experience the best of Los Angeles design. Dwell hosts a series of engaging conversation-based events between Dwell Editors and select design innovators that rotate throughout L.A. design districts, including the popular “Meet the Architects” Nights. LEARN MORE about last year’s events.

Dwell Modern Home Tours

The ever-popular Dwell Modern Home Tours return this year with three full days of tours. Get a peek inside some of the most memorable modern homes in Los Angeles. LEARN MORE about last year’s West Side and East Side Tours, and stay tuned for our announcements on the 2015 tours.


To view the 2015 floor plan, CLICK HERE.

Look for the UCLA Extension Arc+ID Booth and stop by for some swag!

AWAF | Association for Women in Architecture Foundation 2015 Scholarship Award Opportunity!

AWAF 2015

The Association for Women in Architecture Foundation is pleased to announce our Annual Scholarship Awards. The AWAF offers cash awards to women students who are California residents or attending school in California, and who have completed at least 18 units in your major by April 22, 2015 in a program granting a degree or certificate in one of the following majors: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Land Planning, Interior Design, or Environmental Design. Scholarships are awarded based on merit. Each prize is $2500. Prizes will be awarded at a reception in mid-May. Event details will be announced at a later date.


Application Form & Details: AWAF Awards Application 2015
Students interested in applying may obtain an application form by downloading it from the AWAF website at http://awaplusd.org/scholarships/.

Deadline: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Complete applications must be received in our office at the address below by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015:

AWAF Scholarship
Association for Women in Architecture Foundation
1315 Storm Parkway
Torrance, CA 90501-5034

Scholarship Award: $2500
Scholarships are awarded based on merit. Each prize is $2500. Prizes will be awarded at a reception in mid-May, where each winner will present her work to the Association and guests. Event details will be announced at a later date.

Qualifications: (see application form for more specific information)

  • Applicants must be residents of California or attending a California school, and must be enrolled in one of the qualifying majors for the current school term.
  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 18 units in their major by the application due date.

Please address any questions to scholarships@awa-la.org or call (310) 534-8466.


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.

Travel to New York City this Summer for the ICAA SUMMER STUDIO 2015!

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is pleased to introduce our Summer Studio in Classical Architecture. The program is a four-week studio course designed for university level students and recent graduates pursuing careers in architecture and design. Distinguished practitioners and scholars will introduce students to classical composition and design including: the elements of classical architecture, geometry and proportion, drawing and rendering, history and theory, and materials and construction. Students will also have the opportunity to visit architecture firms in New York City to see how classical design is used in contemporary practice.

THE SUMMER STUDIO in Classical Architecture is an immersive program in the study of classical architectural design. During a four week studio, from June 22-July 18, 2015, distinguished practitioners and scholars introduce students to the elements of classical architecture, geometry and proportion, composition and design, drawing and rendering, history and theory, and materials and construction. Lectures, studio instruction, field study and visits to the studios of practitioners, craftsman and others engaged in the allied arts connect students to the world of contemporary classicism.

Join us this summer to study the enduring forms that shape our built environment and lay a foundation for a lifetime of looking at, thinking about and designing buildings.

Become a Driehaus Scholar: Thanks to the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust, the ICAA is able to offer scholarships to ensure accessibility to the program for students of all financial backgrounds. Students accepted into the program will receive a scholarship to offset tuition and will carry the moniker of Driehaus Scholar.

Application fee: $25 | Tuition: $1,500

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply early. The Summer Studio in Classical Architecture is open to students and young professionals pursuing studies or careers in architecture and design.

For more information and to download an application, please visit: www.classicist.org/programs/summer-studio-in-ca

This program is made possible by the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust Foundation

Get ready for WESTWEEK 2015 at the Pacific Design Center!

Mark your calendars! WESTWEEK 2015 is right around the corner.

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Pacific Design Center’s WESTWEEK 2015 Spring Market, the West Coast’s definitive showcase for global design, debuts Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26, 2015. The two-day event provides a comprehensive series of informative presentations and engaging events featuring internationally-renowned tastemakers, while also debuting the latest luxury furnishings and interior resources crafted by today’s foremost design innovators. The 2015 year also commemorates PDC’s four decades of design leadership, serving as an iconic architectural landmark anchoring L.A.’s historic design district. 


WESTWEEK 2015 Showroom Program

WESTWEEK 2015 Open House Events



Robert Bruce Thompson 2015 Student Light Fixture Design Competition

RBT Competition


  • First Prize: The Thompson Prize is a cash award of $5,000, plus a trophy.
  • Second Prize: The Award of Distinction is a cash award of $2,500, plus a plaque.
  • Third Prize: The Award of Merit is a cash award of $1,000, plus a plaque.
  • Special Citations: A Special Citation is a cash award of $500, plus a plaque.


  • Entrants must be full time students, enrolled in an accredited academic degree program in the United States. Approved programs include architectural engineering programs, architecture programs, interior design programs, theater, or industrial design programs. Because of the high level of competition, it is recommended that entrants be undergraduate seniors or graduate students.
  • Only individuals may apply. Group projects are not acceptable.
  • The fixture must be designed within the past year and while the entrant is a student.
  • A faculty member at the student’s school must sponsor the application.

Submissions must be uploaded by 11:59pm on April 3, 2015.

How to Enter
For contest requirements, rules, and instructions, please visit 2015 Rules & Submission Instructions

17th Annual SoCal Student Lighting Competition – Register Today!

You’re invited to join us for the 17th Annual SoCal Student Lighting Competition!

This year the Design Lighting Forum (DLF) challenges lighting, interior design, architecture, or engineering students to design and build a children’s bedside table lamp utilizing two different lamps for a high and low setting.

Entry into this competition is free – but limited to students currently enrolled in a design program. There are over $4,000 in cash money prizes available for the winning projects. Be sure to download the competition brochure, and then head on over the registration page to enter the competition.



Registration Deadline: April 26, 2015
Competition & Judging: May 13, 2015
– Fixture Drop Off: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
– Private Judging Session: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
– Reception: 6:00pm
– Final Student Presentations: 7:00pm

Double Tree Hilton Ballroom
888 Montebello Blvd.
Rosemead, CA 91770
Hotel Phone: (323) 722-8800

Jeremy Windle
Designers Lighting Forum

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

Kim Porter

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.


Scholarship Opportunity: 2015 NEWH $4,000 Harvey Nudelman Memorial Scholarship – Apply Now!

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NEWH, INC. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the Hospitality Industry. It is our goal to further our industry through education. NEWH, Inc. is offering the $4,000 NEWH/Harvey Nudelman Memorial Scholarship Award sponsored by Fabricut Contract. The scholarship is open to students pursuing a career objective in Interior Design for the Hospitality Industry. The scholarship sponsor and winner will honored at HD Expo in Las Vegas, NV May 13-15, 2015 (exact date to be determined). The scholarship recipient is required to attend the award presentation with travel and lodging provided by NEWH, Inc.

Click here to print the Scholarship Application


Application Deadline: March 10th, 2015

Completed applications must be sent by email to newh.scholarship@newh.org or mailed to:
NEWH, Inc.
PO BOX 322
Shawano, WI 54166

Scholarship Award: $4,000
The scholarship winner will be presented their scholarship award at HD Expo in Las Vegas on May 13-15, 2015. The scholarship recipient is required to attend the award presentation, (airfare and lodging provided).


  • Must be a currently enrolled student attending an accredited college
  • Must have completed half the requirements for an undergraduate degree or be enrolled in a graduate program
  • Must show financial need and have eligible outstanding debt for tuition, books or supplies at time of scholarship award in May 2015
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must be pursuing a career objective in the area of the Hospitality Industry in Interior Design or Architecture

Email: newh.scholarship@newh.org
Phone: 800.593.6394
Fax: 800.693.6394

More information:

Students are encouraged to supply all necessary information to assist us in selecting the most worthy candidates. Students do not need to be a member to apply however, students and full-time educators can join NEWH for free. Membership offers endless networking and educational opportunities, online career network and more.

NEWH, Inc. also offers on a National level, the Sustainable Design Competition Scholarship and ICON Scholarship. Visit the NEWH website for details www.newh.org (click on EDUCATION).

Arc+ID Instructor, Nate Wittasek, will be the Head Presenter for an upcoming AIA|LA 2015 Continuing Education Seminar

Mixed Use Residential Accessibility Blunders – Navigating California and FHA Accessibility Requirements for New and Existing Construction

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Date: Friday, March 6th, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM (check-in begins at 9 AM)
Location: AIA|LA, 3780 Wilshire Blvd, #800, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Presenter: Nathan Wittasek
Learning Units: Total of 5.0 HSW/ADA
Fees: $150 AIA members / $225 Non members


This five hour course has been prepared to refresh architects, developers and like-minded professionals working in the commercial and mixed use residential arenas. By exploring key FHA and CBC requirements in the context of common mistakes that are made, an understanding of the major requirements that impact spatial design will be obtained. Lessons from case studies in seminal residential accessibility lawsuits as well as commercial accessibility lawsuits will be explored, and methods for addressing non-compliance will be addressed.


  • Identify key accessibility requirements arising from the 2013 CBC and Fair Housing Act pertaining to mixed use residential accessibility
  • Review and become familiar with common accessibility errors and omissions in commercial and multi-family residential occupancies
  • Identify basic requirements and code compliance strategies for addressing accessibility requirements in existing buildings
  • Review case studies, key laws, & interpretations of accessibility requirements in California and the U.S. Department of Justice

Mr. Wittasek, P.E., CFEI, LEED AP is a fire protection engineer and life safety consultant, specializing in accessibility, fire protection engineering, building and fire codes, failure analysis, and origin and cause determination. In this capacity, Mr. Wittasek leads Exponent’s efforts in addressing fire protection engineering and regulatory concerns in the built environment. He has more than 15 years of experience providing accessibility and building codes consulting and has spent more than a decade as an instructor/adjunct at the UCLA Extension and Cal Poly Pomona.