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The 2022 Emerging Professionals Design Competition Is Now Accepting Submissions!

We are excited to share that the Emerging Professionals Design Competition, sponsored by Dunn-Edwards Paints, is now accepting submissions! The design competition is open to all eligible students nationwide. With beginner and advanced levels in both residential and commercial design categories plus an Early Bird Sweepstakes for those who submit early, there are various prizes up for grabs.

Submissions are due by August 7th, or to be an Early Bird, submit by June 19th.

More details and submission instructions are available HERE

The theme of this year’s competition is influenced by the UN Sustainable Development Goal #11 and Dunn-Edwards Corporation’s social responsibility pillars of economic, social, and environmental well-being. The competition is centered on the idea of sustainability and connecting to the earth, together as one global community. Together, we can rethink design skills through a prism of technological development and upcycling to develop a new experimental style that does not harm but heals. An appreciation for nature brings with it a newfound desire to know where our products come from, and the processes used to make them. And therefore, the color, Art and Craft (DET682), will anchor your design.

The Ingrid Skulstad Williams Scholarship Application Deadline is April 29, 2022!

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, April 29, 2022, at 4 pm.

Application and more information HERE

WESTWEEK Spring 2022 is Back Live From the Pacific Design Center on Wednesday, March 23rd!

Join the PDC for one unforgettable day as they set the stage with icons and innovators prepared to inspire you in person for WESTWEEK on March 23, 2022!

Students are welcome and the event is FREE for all!

Click HERE for registration & to view a full list of events, keynote speakers, and showroom experiences!

See you there!

Congratulations to Nazanin Rajaee on Winning the James R. Northcutt Scholarship for Advanced Students!

Congratulations to MIA student Nazanin Rajaee on winning the $3,000 James Northcutt Scholarship Award for Advanced Students! This award is based upon the work demonstrated from the Interior Architecture Studio A course and is given by our scholarship committee and invited members of the professional design community. The $3,000 award in tuition credit is awarded twice a year to students who have completed Interior Architecture Studio A on our Master of Interior Architecture program! Check out this amazing winning project, and congratulations again to Nazanin!

Join ACLA & AIA LA for the 2×8 Exhibition Opening Ceremony on Saturday, November 6th!

Free and Everyone is Welcome!

ACLA & AIA Los Angeles are proud to present 2×8:Assemblies, the 15th iteration of the annual 2×8 exhibition.

Located at The Helms Design Center
8745 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232

Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 5:00 PM  8:00 PM

RSVP HERE!

Join us again in person this year at Helms Bakery District to view exemplary student projects from 19 unique architecture and design programs throughout California, to celebrate the diversity of architectural philosophy, and encourage conversation around our central theme of Community. 2×8 is an annual non-profit program that functions as a student exhibition and scholarship fund, and design competition. It was formed with the intention of introducing student work to the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry. In order to celebrate the academic diversity of within California, 2×8 invites a broad range of programs from across the state to participate and presents students an opportunity to receive scholarships at the opening reception and ceremony. The opening reception is free to attend and open to all.

This year, 2×8:Assemblies will present over $25,000 in scholarship awards through our annual scholarship program, raised from community members in the AEC industry. As in past years, a respected jury will evaluate the submitted student projects and award prizes based on merit. The final prize values will result directly from the total of our fundraising efforts.

Each year the exhibition is given a unique name and theme, and we encourage the schools to choose work that represents that theme. This year’s theme regards the dialogue surrounding Community in Los Angeles and other urban centers across the country in the face of Covid and all things socially distant. The name, 2×8:Assemblies, refers to a group or community of people, and also to the process of building where disparate parts become a whole. Students submit presentation materials and 3d models that respond to the theme with innovative solutions. The student projects are integrated into an immersive experience which will allow the public to experience the work in an exhibition format with augmented reality 3d model visualization. Participating schools are free to interpret the theme and name as they wish, and are encouraged to select projects that illustrate the strengths and goals of their program.

This will be an indoor-outdoor event. Proof of vaccination is required to enter.

We ask that all guests use the complimentary valet parking inside the interior parking garage located adjacent to the Helms Design Center, just west of the Danish Design Store showroom. The address for the parking garage is 8711 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232

The 2021 Emerging Professionals Design Competition Is Now Accepting Submissions!

The 2021 Emerging Professionals Program Student Design Competition, hosted and sponsored by Dunn-Edwards is intended to encourage, recognize and reward students who are training for careers as design professionals.  

Using Dunn-Edwards Color of the Year, Wild Blue Yonder (DE5855), to anchor the designs, entrants must address a specific need for a hypothetical client. Advanced tier entrants submit a mood board, renderings and written description. Beginner tier entrants submit a mood board and written description. 

The 1st place winners will receive national recognition through a feature in Dunn-Edwards specs + spaces, acknowledgment on social media, and will bring home $3,000 in cash. Winners will also be selected for 2nd and 3rd place to receive cash prizes. The beginner tier winners will receive a $100 Dunn-Edwards gift card. The first 5 entrants will receive an early bird prize of an InstaColor® iD 

Competition Website HERE

Competition Playlist HERE

Competition YouTube Announcement HERE

Competition Submission Deadline August 6, 2021 

This student design competition is launched through our Emerging Professionals Program “EPP”. EPP partners with student designers to provide industry knowledge & skills enhancement opportunities. Programming includes tailored in-person or virtual class presentations, annual design competitions, relevant articles, and tools, like the Paint 101 – Essential Handbook for All Professionals and shadowing experiences (Post-Covid).

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!

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