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Do these advertising pieces look familiar? If so, you’ve been looking at the work of a Certificate of Interior Design alumnus, Lee Winnick!

That’s right! Lee Winnick, an Interior Design Certificate grad, and her talented creative team produced this campaign!

Lee WinnickLee Winnick has been working in advertising and graphic design for over 25 years in Los Angeles, London, and South Africa. It wasn’t until 2008 that she decided to take her passion of interior design to the next level and enroll in our Certificate program. It was in Eleanor Schrader’s Fundamentals of Interior Architecture that Lee’s love affair with interior design began.

ArcID Brochure

Lee Winnick helped design the new Arc+ID brochures

“UCLA Extension provided me with the education that I needed to put my passion to work and extend my current business offering to include interior design” says Lee. After graduating in 2012, Lee officially incorporated interior branding—a niche area of business—into her company, fundi.

Last June, Lee and her team of eight were hired by UCLA Extension’s marketing team to re-design the Arc+ID brochure. “It was very exciting to be involved with this project and to be able to give back to an organization that had given me so much,” exclaimed Lee.

But the projects didn’t stop there! Not long after this initial project, Lee found herself working yet again with the marketing team to conceptualize and execute a UCLA Extension advertising campaign to promote the overall institution. The campaign has been highly visible—with large outdoor billboards, street-pole banners, bus tails, digital advertising, animated displays, and more!

“This campaign expressed my experience of what being a student at UCLA Extension means,” Lee explains, “UCLA Extension is an incredible way to educate and equip oneself to achieve both career and personal goals. So our campaign messages—‘be what you wanted to be when you grew up’ and ‘go from work you to do work you love’—resonated directly with me. After graduating from the Interior Design program, I was able to make the transition from client-based work to more creative, challenging endeavors.”

We asked Lee to share a piece of advice for other ambitious students that may be looking to pursue a career in her field of work. “Love what you do and do what you love. The design business—whether it is graphic design or interior design—is extremely hard work. In the words of Charles Eames, ‘the details are not the details. They make the design.’ So as designers, we need to ‘sweat the small stuff’ as it really does matter!”


We are so grateful to have Lee Winnick share her design project adventures with us! If you have a success story, we want to hear about it! Click here.


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!


See What Two Master of Interior Architecture Alumni are Designing!

What are graduates of the UCLA Extension/Cal Poly Pomona Master of Interior Architecture program doing today? Being awesome, that’s what! Two alumni, Laurence Cartledge and Michelle Mulitz, are working at Lauren Rottet Studio and helped with this amazing cruise liner design project! Check it out:

Click here to read an article about this project that was published in Interior Design magazine!

If you have a success story, we want to hear about it! Click here.

Are you ready to take your design skills into the workforce? See what Job + Internship opportunities are available to you today!

The Story of Leslie Shapiro Joyal and the Happy Accident that led her to Success!

profile imageEverybody’s path in life is unique and can be full of unforgettable experiences. For UCLA Extension Architecture & Interior Design alum, Leslie Shapiro Joyal, those experiences started with a happy accident.

At an early age, Leslie was determined to become a successful painter—that is, until she accidentally stumbled upon design during her education at community college. “The drawing class I applied for was not open,” she recalls, “and my only option was a design composition class.” This “happy accident” ultimately led her to the Architecture & Interior Design program at UCLA Extension. The schedule was demanding and projects were challenging, but the experiences Leslie had during her education were priceless. “I had the opportunity to work with some of Los Angeles’ design luminaries – including interior designer Kerry Joyce, textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen, and gallery owner Mark Krasne.

After graduating in 1991, she was hired as design assistant to modernist architect Frank Israel. It was in this studio that she felt her sensibilities evolve. Only a few years later, she opened her own interior design company shapiro joyal studio, which also features some of her custom designed furniture pieces.

To add to her list of amazing life experiences, Leslie was chosen to participate on the hit HGTV reality show Ellen’s Design Challenge, created by Ellen DeGeneres. When she received a random email from her casting agency inviting her to apply to a reality show about furniture designers, she glanced at it for a second, deleted it, but then thought “why not” and resurrected it from email trash. After tons of interviews and paperwork, Leslie finally received the news that she would be competing on live TV among five other designers for a chance to win $100,000 and the opportunity to see their work featured in HGTV Magazine. Unfortunately, Leslie was eliminated early, but just being recognized for her talent, being selected among hundreds of other applicants, and having the opportunity to compete was, as Leslie put it, “truly one of the highlights of my career.”

We asked Leslie to share some advice based of her life experiences. Here’s her insightful tips:

  1. Be prepared. There will, absolutely, be a moment in your career that is a potential game changer. Be ready for it. Keep taking classes, and keep meeting people. Connections are your biggest asset. You will learn things from people you like, and people you don’t like, and through those experiences you will form your own voice.
  2. Be courageous! Walk head first into what scares you. In 1985, I went to a showroom on a field trip that I fell in love with. I knew I had to work there. I waited until the tour was over, pulled the owner aside, and begged him to give me an interview. I got the job and on my first day, right before the elevator doors opened, I took a deeeeep breath and walked into the next chapter of my life.
  3. Be YOU! My final piece of advice, and I know how cliché it sounds, but it is true for me. Listen to your inner voice. Let you be you. You may be doubted, and you may be told that your ways are wrong. Stand your ground! As artists, you are the rule breakers, and you are the ones that change the paradigm. Own and unleash your artistic spirit so that others can benefit from it. What is often misunderstood at first usually becomes the beloved. Don’t be afraid to be different, and let your inner sense guide the way.

Below, enjoy a collection of images from Leslie’s career as a designer and (brief) career as a reality TV star:

Platinum winner - Awards for Design Excellence. The ADEX Awards is the Largest and most prestigious awards competition in the architecture and design industry.

Platinum winner – Awards for Design Excellence. The ADEX Awards is the Largest and most prestigious awards competition in the architecture and design industry.

Risser Nesting Tables

Risser Nesting Tables

Interior Design by Leslie on Kings Road

Competitors on the HGTV reality show Ellen's Design Challenge

Competitors on the HGTV reality show Ellen’s Design Challenge

As seen on Ellen's Design Challenge, designer Leslie Shapiro Joyal (left) and lead carpenter David Sheinkopf (right)  team up to create unique furniture designs.

As seen on Ellen’s Design Challenge, designer Leslie Shapiro Joyal (left) and lead carpenter David Sheinkopf (right) team up to create unique furniture designs.


To see Leslie’s full collection, click here.

To see more images from the HGTV show Ellen’s Design Challenge, click here.

We are so grateful to have Leslie share her exciting adventures with us! If you have a success story, we want to hear about it! Click here.


Ashley Maxwell, an Arc+ID Alumnus, shares her success story!

AshleyMaxwell-headshotAshley 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:

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

UCLA Neuropsychiatric Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

Cedars Sinai Medical Center / Cardiac Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

Cedars Sinai Medical Center / Cardiac Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

Cedars Sinai Medical Center / Cardiac Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

Cedars Sinai Medical Center / Cardiac Research Center / Los Angeles, CA

Mission City Community Network / Community Clinic / Los Angeles, CA

Mission City Community Network / Community Clinic / Los Angeles, CA

Kaiser Permanente / Regional Medical Laboratory / Chino Hills, CA

Kaiser Permanente / Regional Medical Laboratory / Chino Hills, CA

Kaiser Permanente / Medical Office Building / Santa Monica, CA

Kaiser Permanente / Medical Office Building / Santa Monica, CA

Kaiser Permanente / Medical Office Building / Santa Monica, CA

Kaiser Permanente / Medical Office Building / Santa Monica, CA


We are so grateful to have Ashley share her exciting accomplishments with us! If you have a success story, we want to hear about it! Click here.


Shepard Vineburg announced as the ASID Student Chapter Faculty Advisor of the Year!

ASID Student Chapter announces Faculty Advisor of the Year is our very own Shepard Vineburg!

Shepard Vineburg, ASID is awarded ASID Student Chapter Faculty Advisor of the Year for his outstanding service as an invaluable supporter of the entire ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter. He consistently supports the chapter through this teaching, his generous introductions of students to his nurtured industry partner relationships, and through his commitment to bridging the gap between the classroom and the interior design community. He encourages students to participate in tours and educational opportunities, and he has placed many students in internship programs and professional positions. In addition, he has been involved in planning more than 50 student career day events with the local ASID chapter. Vineburg is known as a mentor who has elevated the industry for all students he’s touched.

“Bridging the gap between education and industry offers a remarkable advantage to the student chapter. Not only has he shared his passion for interior design, but the relationships he has built over years of practice. What an incredible asset to the students and their student ASID chapter.” – Laura Kimball, ASID

“This faculty advisor CLEARLY has an impressive background and history with ASID. He truly commits to what is expected of a faculty advisor, especially as it relates to bridging the gap between students and professionals. I am thoroughly impressed with the list of activities and involvement.” – Lauren Reinhard, Allied ASID

Congratulations to such a hardworking, honest, and loved instructor of UCLA Extension!


UCLA Extension honors Arc+ID instructor Judith Corona with the 2014 Distinguished Instructor Award

Established in 2006, the Distinguished Instructor Award recognizes exemplary teaching, professional knowledge and standing, and outstanding commitment to students. This award celebrates the best of our instructors, promotes excellence, and acknowledges your personal role in supporting UCLA Extension’s important educational and public service goals. The awards ceremony took place last night at the Covel Commons auditorium at UCLA.

Only 12 individuals were selected across all the disciplines at UCLA Extension to receive this year’s award. Judith Corona was one of them–and it was well deserved!

Congratulations Judith! We are honored to have you as our instructor!

Corona, JudithArc+ID instructor, Judith Corona, was honored with the 2014 Distinguished Instructor Award.

Judith holds an MFA in visual artist and maintains an art studio in Malibu. She has exhibited in the U.S. and Europe and directed many art and architecture study tours abroad. Among other professional achievements, Ms. Corona received a Studio Artist Fellowship from The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. She received the UCLA Extension Arts Department Instructor of the Year Award in 1993 and 2001.

What students are saying:

“Judith makes color theory completely fascinating. Her lectures on the physics of color and the psychology of color, in combination with anecdotal examples and slideshow depictions of how color has been used in interior design throughout history, provided a comprehensive and multifaceted introduction to the topic. The creative philosophies she imparts (‘design is a process’ and ‘trust the method’) consistently resonate in this and other classes.”

“Judith is an amazing instructor. She is strict and picky but she really cares that every student invests as much effort as possible into his or her work and does the best she or he possibly can. She carefully checked each work and discussed it with us, she was helpful in making suggestions how to improve certain aspect of our work, but she never been pushy or disrespectful to our views and tastes. I am very happy with the instructor and from now on I decided to take each class that Judith teaches at UCLA Extension.”

Want to take a class with this amazing instructor? Search courses taught by Judith CoronaRegister before classes fill up!

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!