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MIA Graduate Barbara Bischoff Recognized As One of Mix Interiors 30 Under 30 Class of 2021!

Congratulations to Barbara Bischoff for being named to the Mix Interiors 30 under 30 class of 2021!

Here is a little about Barbara and her projects for HOK London: 

After spending time in HOK’s Los Angeles office, it took some convincing to lure Barbara away from sunnier climes, and HOK London’s team is fortunate to have her. Her talent and creativity were put immediately to work by joining fast-paced teams delivering projects in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Her insatiable design curiosity cuts across many project typologies, from corporate and commercial through to hospitality and aviation. From her design background, she has particular expertise in the hospitality sector, where she learned how to create immersive experiences through a journey of colours, textures and patterns; and from her higher education design background, where she understood how to create inclusive and vibrant academic interiors that reinforce the user’s wellbeing. In all her projects, understanding the DNA of a client is at the crux of the assignment. This understanding becomes the springboard for her interpretation of a client’s brief and shapes the appropriate design narrative to tell each of her clients’ unique stories. Barbara has been doing just that on a world-class corporate headquarters in Riyadh’s King Abdullah Financial District and, closer to home, she has been instrumental in developing a Bristol-based workplace design for the commercial arm of the UK’s leading broadcasting institution.

To read more about this group of rising stars of the architectural and interior design community click HERE

Congratulations again, Barbara!

#LCDQStrong Virtual Design Summit Student Scholarship Deadline is Sunday, April, 25th!

LCDQ (La Cienega Design Quarter) is pleased to announce #LCDQStrong Virtual Design Summit on May 5, 2021. Everyone is invited to view the virtual panel discussions and conversations and have the opportunity to chat with top design professionals from L.A. to London.

As part of the event, LCDQ is offering the LCDQ Scholarships to UCLA Extension Architecture & Interior Design students. The competition awards will be cash prizes for first, second, and third place. This award is funded by a kitchen appliance sponsor, that will be announced at a later time, as well as how the competition will be judged.

For the LCDQ Scholarships, we’re inviting student designers to create virtual window renderings on the theme LOOKING FORWARD. Students will submit a hand-drawn, colored illustration or a computer rendering or a hybrid, using at least five items from one of the LCDQ showrooms (listed here). 

Project Requirements:

  • Open to current UCLA Extension Architecture & Interior Design and Master of Interior Architecture students
  • A 11 x 17 sized horizontal rendering. If you are going to paint, draw, illustrate, a 20 x 30 wide format will be fine as that can be resized to 11.333 x 17 wide.
  • A mood board showing showcasing the brand and the showrooms where 5 of the products in the window are from
  • Project captures the feeling and desire for LOOKING FORWARD in 2021*
  • Deadline for the high-resolution jpeg file of your virtual window design and mood board is Sunday, April 25, 2021 

* LOOKING FORWARD in 2021 THEME: What are YOU Looking Forward to? Gatherings of family and friends? Going to museums? A fabulous dinner party? Travel? As a theme, LOOKING FORWARD can mean something different to each person. It’s an expectant feeling, an excitement of good things to come. A progressive march toward happier and freer times. An open and positive outlook on life. We want to capture the feeling and desire of LOOKING FORWARD in 2021, and we invite you to participate in this movement!

Please email tleddington@unex.ucla.edu with questions or for more information.

Join the Pacific Design Center for Virtual WESTWEEK on March 23-25th!

Join the Pacific Design Center for a virtual WESTWEEK 2021! This year it’s unlike any other, where we explore a collection of thoughts and ideas with a refreshed view at how — through design — we can always find the silver lining.

Enjoy over 30 informative events that speak to the strength and resilience of our design community and prepare to be inspired!

Theme: Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining

Date: March 23-25, 2021

Register HERE for early access

Foundation Level Student Timothy Durant’s Photo Included in “Expose: Architectural”!

Congratulations to Timothy Durant who’s picture of the outdoor seating area at the Edgemar in Santa Monica, CA, has been selected as one of twenty works included in the exhibition “Expose: Architectural” by Art Gym Denver! The picture was taken as part of Tim’s coursework for our Photographing Architecture & Interiors course led by instructor Doug Hill.

See more of the work and read about the exhibition HERE!

Congrats again, Tim! Great work!

Join UCLA Extension International Programs for A Virtual Certificate Student Mixer!

Please join the UNEX International Programs Department (ISO) for a discussion about campus resources, career trends, networking opportunities, and shared experiences. All current F-1 and non-F-1 international certificate students welcome to this virtual event! All UNEX departments will have a staff member present to answer any specific program questions. Hope to see you there!

Date: Friday, March 12, 2021
Time: 4-5:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Registration: HERE

HD/West Elm Student Product Design Competition Deadline is April 5, 2021!

Hospitality Design (HD) is partnering once again with West Elm for the third annual HD/West Elm Student Product Design Competition. Current students and those who have been out of school for up to a year are eligible to enter the contest. The deadline to enter is April 5th!

This year, the competition is focused on designing a family of lighting intended for hospitality and commercial spaces. The winning designer will receive a $5,000 prize from West Elm and have their product produced by West Elm.

Light fixtures should be aesthetically neutral enough to fit in multiple environments, yet have a distinct design perspective and seamlessly blend into the West Elm vernacular. The collection should consist of a mix of hard-wired and portable pieces including:

  • A hard-wired sconce (Sconces should protrude no more than 4 inches from the wall to meet ADA requirements)
  • A hard-wired flush mount ceiling fixture
  • A table lamp
  • A floor lamp

Submit to the HD/West Elm Student Product Design Competition

The Ingrid Skulstad Williams Scholarship Application Deadline is December 4, 2020!

The Ingrid Skulstad Williams Scholarship for Women Pursuing Postsecondary Education is a needs-based scholarship dedicated to helping women get the education necessary to have a successful career.

Ms. Skulstad Williams was born and grew up in Nazi-occupied Europe and immigrated to the United States as a young adult. Her husband passed away unexpectedly at a young age, and she faced the challenge of becoming self- supporting. She returned to the classrooms of UCLA Extension in the late 1970s to pursue business courses and went on to a successful career in the travel industry.

Through her estate, Ms. Skulstad Williams established this scholarship endowment to help women who would otherwise not have the financial means or opportunity to attend postsecondary education. Ms. Skulstad Williams believed strongly that lifelong learning can change lives. Each year, in perpetuity, UCLA Extension will award a minimum of one scholarship up to $5,000 toward course fees within a certificate program.

 Applications for this scholarship will be accepted until Friday, December 4, 2020 at 4pm.

Application and more information HERE

ASID Pasadena Chapter to Host Online Student Portfolio Review on Friday, September 4th!

Please join the ASID Pasadena Chapter on Friday, September 4th for a student portfolio review!

During the review, there will be several interior designers, industry partners, and student peers on the same Zoom meeting for a diverse range of critique and Q&A. You will have the opportunity to:
• present your digital portfolio of design from studio projects
• speak about your work and design philosophy
• talk about any past experience in design
• discuss what your future goals are
• why you wish to be an interior designer

Select up to ten of your best and most creative works from your interior design courses, internships, and personal professional work, and organize them in a digital format (PDF or website). Work that you consider incomplete, not design-related, or does not show off your best craftsmanship should not be included in the portfolio. Resumes are welcome to be included as well. This is an opportunity to show off your talents and get your foot in the door for prospective internships and job openings.


To RSVP, please email STUDENTREP@CAPAS.ASID.ORG by Thursday, September 3rd. Be sure to include your name, name of interior design school, contact info, and expected graduation date. You will receive a Zoom meeting number just before the event.

Hope you see you at this amazing event!

Congratulations to Ankita Gogne & Ksenia Riasnianskaia on their NEWH Scholarship Wins!

We are so happy to announce that two of our MIA students have won NEWH LA Chapter Scholarships! NEWH scholarships are open to students with a career objective within the hospitality industry. Both Ankita and Ksenia are outstanding students, talented interior designers, and very deserving of their scholarships!

Ankita Gogne was the winner of a $10,000 NEWH LA Chapter Scholarship.

Ksenia Riasnianskaia was the winner of a $5,000 NEWH LA Chapter Scholarship.

Congratulations to you both!