Ashley 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:
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