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Success Story: Monique Lafia

moniqueMonique Lafia graduated from the Architecture and Interior Design program at UCLA Extension in 1990, where she obtained her Design Degree from preeminent practitioners in the Design and Architecture fields. Monique spent 9 years as a Designer for highly respected veteran Los Angeles Designers Waldo Fernandez, Cheryl Rowley, and Hendrix/Allardyce, obtaining experience designing international luxury hotels, high-end restaurants, and luxury estates. At the same time, Monique acquired the technical experience she considered necessary for designing luxury residences, and obtained CCIDC and NCIDQ certification/licensing, before launching Lafia/Arvin in 1997.

Lafia/Arvin was established in 1997, by its Principals Monique Lafia, CEO and Chris Arvin (NYU-LL.M, USC-B.S Finance). The company has been featured on Robb Report’s 2012 List of the Top 40 Interior Designers of the World, and listed as the highest rated Interior Design Firm in the current Franklin Report. Their Clients span across the spectrum, such as: shareholders, officers and directors Fortune 500 type international businesses; world famous athletes such as Sugar Ray Leonard, and Wayne Gretzky; musicians such as Kenny G; actors, directors, producers and other well known individuals in the entertainment industry, business owners, and prominent physicians who are attracted to Lafia/Arvin’s sense of design, attention to detail and personal service (Robb Report has highlighted that Lafia/Arvin is known for differentiating itself by never passing any of the designer decisions onto an associate, with the principals being hands-on).

Monique was the key-note speaker at Dwell On Design at the LA Convention Center in 2012 and at West Week at the Pacific Design Center in 2013.

We are honored to feature Monique Lafia as one of our highly successful graduates of the Arc+ID program!

For more information about Monique and her Interior Design company, visit http://www.lafiaarvin.com/.

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  1. Valuing Education In Design – Thank you UCLA Architecture and Interior Design Program for “Success Story- Monique Lafia” Publication | Lafia Arvin Interior Design Blog - October 22, 2013

    Today I am sharing my thoughts on this subject, after being honored by the UCLA – Architecture + Interior Design Program by the Program’s  Blog on 10/14/2013 entitled “Success Story: Monique Lafia” – Link:  http://arcid.uclaextension.edu/success-story-monique-lafia/

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