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And the awards for the 2015 Outstanding Instructors goes to…

Mark Owen and Rogerio Carvalheiro, recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Instructor Awards

…Mark Owen and Rogerio Carvalheiro for demonstrating excellence in teaching!

The Outstanding Instructor Awards ceremony is held annually to honor exemplary teachers in the Department of the Arts at UCLA Extension who have made outstanding contributions this year. For the 2015 awards, the Architecture + Interior Design Program was pleased to honor two of our instructors who have proved time and again to be an invaluable part of our program.



Mark Owen was born and raised in rural western Pennsylvania, not far from Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Fallingwater”.  It was from his very first visit to that architectural masterpiece, at age 6, that he knew he wanted to be an Architect. As with most kids growing up at that time, he also became fascinated with the “California Lifestyle” and naturally left the farm within days of graduating high school to pursue his education at a little known school in Burbank, CA by the name of Woodbury University.  He received his BArch in 1994, the same year that Woodbury’s Architecture Program achieved NAAB accreditation. Shortly after graduating from Woodbury, he decided to pursue his Master of Architecture from UCLA Extension and focused on integrating “the computer” into his design process.

Since graduating from UCLA Extension, Mark has worked primarily on large scale Transportation and Aviation projects as well as a series of smaller, experimental residential projects including his own house. Mark also began teaching at Woodbury in 1999 and has since taught at Art Center College of Design, UCLA Extension, and Otis College of Art and Design. In his spare time he can be found building, racing, and riding anything with 2 wheels, as well as spending time with his family.

At the awards ceremony, few quotes about Mark written by his former students as well as the ARC+ID staff were read to the audience.

A past student of Mark’s wrote, “Mark is awesome. Patient, knowledgeable, and had a lot to offer students in the way of readying them for real world applications. I got a job in the interior design industry after just 10 weeks because of Mark, and this course. I can’t say enough!!”

Arc+ID Program Representative, Emily Heston, shared her experience working with Mark Owen: I have had the pleasure of being the Program Rep for Mark over the past few years and I find that he is always eager to teach every quarter. Mark’s passion for teaching and immense talent in AutoCAD and 3D design is evident in every class—just ask the students! They always rave about how much they’ve learned and their final projects certainly reflect their new skills. I think that the Arc+ID staff as well as our students would agree that, when Mark started teaching for us back in 2002, we hit the jackpot!”

Mark Owen teaches Digital Presentation III, Revit I and Revit II, classes that are part of the Certificate of Interior Design Program/Foundation Level. To enroll in Mark Owen’s classes, click here.


Rogerio Carvalheiro is the principal and founder of RCDF. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, Rogerio continued his studies and matriculated from UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture. He has since worked with and been influenced by Philippe Stark, Julie Eizenberg, and Arthur Erickson. Along his twenty-year career he has gained considerable experience developing cultural, civic, commercial, residential, and hospitality projects. Rogerio is personally involved with each RCDF project.

Past honors for Rogerio include an award from the Los Angeles Downtown Business Bureau for “Best Interior Design” for TRAXX Restaurant and an Honor Award for work completed on Los Angeles Union Station by the American Institute of Landscape Architects. He was awarded the American Institute of Architects California Council Associate Award in 2012 and London Farm Tower, his recently completed competition entry was featured in the esteemed 2013 American Institute of Architecture’s Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Since 2008, he has regularly served as a critic at Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Architecture reviewing both undergraduate and graduate level projects. Since 2012, he has been leading various advanced design studio courses at UCLA Extension’s Master of Interior Architecture program. In addition, Rogerio serves in the position of Associate Director to the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter 2013 Board of Directors and on the American Institute of Architects California Council Professional Practice Advisory Committee.

Like for Mark, a former student and an Arc+ID staff member also had some wonderful things to say about Rogerio:

A former student was quoted saying, “Rogerio truly cares about the students and their progress.  He is the best instructor I’ve had to date.  As a working professional, he takes a very forward-looking approach that is very real-world.  He is a positive and solution-oriented instructor.”

Suzanne Sheppard, the Program Advisor of the Arc+ID Program, shared her thoughts on Rogerio: “In 2011, I received an email from Rogerio in which he expressed his desire to become associate with the Arc+ID Program. When I researched Rogerio’s body of architectural design and interiors work, I couldn’t believe our Program’s good fortune! I knew that our students would truly value his design aesthetic, which is eclectic, transitional, and beautiful, and that they would greatly profit by learning from him. To this day, I continue to hear students praising Rogerio’s insight into their design intent and his thoughtful, positive, constructive critiques of their work. They always say that they have learned so much about being the best designer that they can be.”

Rogerio Carvalheiro teaches Interior Architecture Studio II, the last class in the Certificate of Interior Design Program/Foundation Level as well as Interior Architecture Studio III, the first class in the Master of Interior Architecture Program. To enroll in Rogerio’s classes, click here.


Congratulations Mark and Rogerio! We are honored to have you as part of our Arc+ID family!


And the awards for the 2013 Outstanding Instructors goes to…

…Fernando de Moraes and Nate Wittasek for showing excellence in teaching their Master’s level courses!

The Outstanding Instructor Awards ceremony is held annually to honor exemplary teachers in the Arts who have made outstanding contributions this year. We are pleased to announce that this year’s winners are two of our most beloved Master’s level instructors.

Fernando de Moraes has been admired for his superior drafting and design knowledge and strong ability to translate those techniques into a learning platform. From 2002 until now, Fernando’s main focus has been teaching the Master’s Thesis Project Documents class for the Architecture + Interior Design program. He is fully dedicated to providing the best to both the Master’s degree program and to his students.

Nate Wittasek is an expert in building codes and regulations and has been teaching the Understanding Building Codes class for the Arc+ID program since 2004. As Jeff Daniels put it, “He really knows how to make an otherwise mundane subject much more interesting!”

Congratulations Fernando and Nate! We are honored to have you as part of our Arc+ID family!

Monday News

Hope you all had a lovely weekend! We have some new bits of news to share.

***DWELL magazine’s events announce a great tour entitled “It’s a Mod, Mod, Mod City.” The tour will take place Saturday, November 8th from 10am – 4pm and will begin at the Los Angeles Conservancy, 523 West Sixth Street, Suite 826 Los Angeles, California 90014. Correction: The “It’s a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod City” tour does not begin at the Los Angeles Conservancy office. The tour is a self-driving tour, so tourgoers get to choose their own route. Visit the website for more info (thank you to commenter Constance for the heads up!) Cost is $10-30.
An Excerpt from the press release:
“Join the Los Angeles Conservancy and its Modern Committee as they explore 1960s non-residential gems…This special one-time-only tour will highlight sites including the iconic 1961 LAX Theme Building, with access to the observation deck (open for the first time since 2001)…This tour is part of the Conservancy and Modern Committee’s “The Sixties Turn 50″ program.”

Get more info and buy tickets HERE.

***Interior Design Magazine has details on the 2010 Green Good Design Awards. Green Good Design’s mission is “to find the most innovative design approach for new products, buildings, and environments that center on the idea of repairing our world with sustainable and ecological alternatives.”

They are currently accepting applications for products and projects that offer design solutions for a sustainable environment. These products and projects must have been designed or produced after January 1, 2008. The deadline to submit applications is November 1, 2009 and forms and entry information are available at The European Centre website. Award winners will be announced next spring, so get to it Arc_ID students! We know you have innovative ideas and now is your chance to share them.

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Cast your vote for Interior Design Magazine‘s “Best of the Year” awards! You can vote HERE.

Don’t forget to register for ASID‘s Real World Design Week! Registration has been extended until October 23rd. This is your chance to network and learn from a practicing designer. Open to ASID Student Members ONLY. You can register HERE.

ASID Awards Update


ASID fellow2 A member of UCLA Extension Arc_ID’s Guidance Commitee, Darrell Schmitt, was honored by ASID last week and named an ASID Fellow.

From a press release: The A&D community lit up The Queen City last Friday evening as the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) bestowed their annual awards at the an affair aptly titled, “Celebration.” ASID honored industry leaders and students for their talent, innovation, and philanthropic efforts across the globe.

At the event, ASID President Bruce Brigham noted, “Design has always been a hallmark of great cultural achievement. Today, it is becoming increasingly important in our world—as a source of innovation and economic competitiveness, as a model for sustainable growth, and as a means to address pressing social and demographic issues. Although these are challenging times for our industry, we can be confident that the road to recovery will include more design, not less. That is certainly worth celebrating.”

We couldn’t agree more! Congratulations Darrell!


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