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Arc+ID Alumni exhibits with The UCLA Hammer Museum for Arts ReSTORE: Westwood

Bridgid Coulter, a graduate of the Architecture + Interior Design Program at UCLA Extension, has been selected by curators to participate in this month-long Initiative that aims to re-energize the area with pop-ups presented by local artisans.


With a style that embodies a global-modern aesthetic, Brigid Coulter Design textiles embrace vibrant colors and unique, bold patterns. The eco-conscious line screenprints all fabrics locally on all-natural linen with water-based dyes. The collection is available as pillows or yardage for custom textile needs, and features a limited edition slipcover for a canvas director chair.

Bridgid Coulter Textiles will be exhibited and available through November and will include their most recent design: Passion Play. Swing by for some great art, shopping and festivities!


Exhibition location: 1000 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 310-963-5360 | Email: hello@bridgidcoulter.com
Website | Facebook | Instagram: @bridgidcoulterdesign

Arts ReSTORE LA: Westwood runs through November 24. The stores are open for business from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays – Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, including a full event schedule and vendor details, go to artsrestore.la. You can also follow #Westwood on the Hammer’s Twitter and Facebook channels for updates.

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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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UCLA Extension Honors Arc_ID Instructor, Katherine Fern, with 2012 Distinguished Instructor Award

May 18, 2012

Joe Fern, Dean Cathy Sandeen, and Katherine Fern at the awards ceremony.

Los Angeles, CA

Last night, UCLA Extension honored 16 instructors for teaching with exemplary dedication and consistent excellence, for developing real-world curricula and for mentoring working adults and international students who seek continued professional education from one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive continuing education providers.

The Distinguished Instructor Awards were presented to working professionals involved in such current-day and growing fields as environmental compliance, crisis communications and public relations, accounting principles, interior design, social media marketing and electrical engineering.

2012 Distinguished Instructor Award

Kat Fern, ASID, IDEC

Arc_ID instructor, Katherine Fern, was honored with the 2012 Distinguished Instructor Award. Kat is a graduate of our interior design program and holds a BA from UCLA.

She has served as Faculty Advisor for the ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter, Arc_ID 2007  CIDA Accreditation review committee member, and 2011-2012 ASID Los Angeles Chapter President-Elect.

Kat is also the recipient of UCLA Extension Department of the Arts Outstanding Instructor Award 2007 and ASID National Faculty Advisor of the Year 2010. She has over 15 years experience as an interior designer and extensive experience in financial and business management.

“Instructors honored this year include those who have been teaching at UCLA for more than 20 years, are respected among their peers nationally and internationally, develop curricula that meet or exceed the needs of companies or are well published,” said Cathy Sandeen, Dean of UCLA Extension and Continuing Education.  “And, like all of our instructor force of more than 2,500, these professionals offer real-world networking and career insights.”

Congratulations, Kat!

Want to find out what all the hype is about? Kat will be returning again this Summer to teach Business Strategies and Project Management. Register before classes fill up!

MIA Graduate, Rommel Ordoyo, Wins 1st Place in IIDA’s Student Awards Competition

May 9, 2012

Rommel Ordoyo and his award-winning project.

On March 10th, students from several schools throughout Southern California presented their best work to an esteemed panel of senior designers and industry partners at the annual IIDA Student Awards Competition.

The event showcased the range of talented students from concise presentation skills to well thought out project boards. The open presentation format allowed students to view each other’s work and gain insight to what other schools and programs are doing.

2012 Student Awards Competition

We are very proud to announce that UCLA Extension Arc_ID alumnus and MIA graduate, Rommel Ordoyo, is the 1st Place Winner of IIDA’s Student Awards Competition! This is the second time Rommel joined and won the annual IIDA SoCal Calibre Student Scholarship Competition.

Rommel’s winning entry for the Social Relevance category, the SEEDS Growing Community, is a highly sustainable center that encourages kids to grow their own produce and learn about the importance of healthy diet and nutrition. The center also has a restaurant/market component with a demo kitchen that uses the kid’s produce for its menu items and merchandise.

Rommel’s project was chosen for its purpose and value for a distressed Los Angeles area. He focuses on interior design as a means to serve and nurture the users of the space in civic, healthcare and commercial applications. He is also committed to succeed in his real estate investing business where he aims to put his interior design education to its best use.

Congratulations, Rommel!

Category: Social Relevance in Interior Design
First Place $5,000.00
Rommel R Ordoyo, University of California Los Angeles Extension / Cal Poly Pomona

2012 Student Awards Competition Recap
Master of Interior Architecture (MIA) Program

Congratulations to Sara Rosman Levy, HBA’s “Up-and-Coming Designer of the Year”

March 14, 2012

Sara Rosman Levy is an Arc_ID student who graduated in 2011 with her Master of Interior Architecture (MIA) degree.  She was hired from her internship at HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates and was recently honored with HBA’s Up-and-Coming Designer of the Year Award.

Congratulations, Sara!

“I came to UCLA Extension directly after receiving my BA in Economics because I knew design was where I really wanted to be. As I went through the program I became more aware of what a great decision I had made for my future. In my second year in the program I got the job I was working so hard to get at a top hospitality design firm. It was such an honor to be recognized for ‘up-and-coming designer of the year’ and I continue to work hard and hope to have an impact in the world of design as so many before me already have.”

Hirsch Bedner Associates has been leading the hospitality design industry since 1964. They are an international design firm with multiple offices around the world.

Sara continues, “There are so many UCLA Extension students here at HBA it is actually hard to believe, but definitely great for the program. Our school definitely is producing students who can at least survive in the real design world.”

Congratulations to Northcutt Scholarship Winner, Tatiana Ukhvatkina!

Tatiana Ukhvatkina is a current student of UCLA Extension’s Architecture and Interior Design Program. Although she has always had an interest in art and design, Tatiana spent most of her school years studying economics and math in order to make her family happy. However, when she moved away from her country of origin, Russia, she let her passion grow.

Tatiana decided to take a few design classes and could not stop. About a year ago, she took her first step in the Interior Design field and interned with a well recognized celebrity designer. During her internship she gained excellent experience and knew this was something that she wanted to do. In order to fulfill her own professional goal, Tatiana continues to further her education in the program, while working with a successful residential designer in Los Angeles.

Designed by Tatiana Ukhvatkina.

The James R. Northcutt Scholarship for Advanced Students awards $3,000 in tuition credit twice a year to students who have completed Interior Architecture Studio II. The award is based upon the work demonstrated in projects from Interior Architecture Studio II and the selection of the final recipient is by portfolio review, conducted by the scholarship committee and invited members of the professional design community.

Congratulations to Philip Gill, Winner of the First David Barrett Memorial Scholarship from the ASID Foundation!

Hats off to our fellow UCLA Extension Arc-ID student, Philip Gill, as the first recipient of the David Barrett Memorial Scholarship through the ASID Foundation!

The ASID Foundation has chosen Philip Gill as the first recipient of the David Barrett Memorial Scholarship.  Gill is a master’s candidate of Interior Architecture in the collaborative study program between the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension and California Polytechnic University, Pomona. The scholarship jury recognized Gill’s thoughtful work and clear demonstration of classical design.

After completing his Master’s program, Gill intends to establish an interior design firm focusing on residential interior design and furniture design in San Diego. He plans to use part of his $12,000 scholarship to attend classes at the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICA&A) in New York City, and he eventually hopes to teach and establish a custom furniture line.

“There remains a need for design that is sensitive to the history and historical styles of the area, such as Spanish Colonial Revival and Arts and Crafts,” especially as it relates to southern California, Gill explains.

The David Barrett Memorial Scholarship recognizes an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student’s work which demonstrates a continuing interest and ability in utilizing classical designs. The scholarship was established in memory of David Barrett, FASID, who died on Dec. 8, 2008. Throughout his 58-year career, Barrett practiced mainly residential design. He has lectured, appeared on television and his work has been published in several major design publications.

The 2011 David Barrett Memorial Scholarship Jury 

The ASID Foundation would also like to thank the jury for its work on the 2011 scholarship. The Foundation’s success is dependent on the contributions of our donors and volunteers. We thank you for your continued commitment to the Foundation.

Barbara Barry, ASID
Juliana M. Catlin, FASID
Mariette Himes Gomez, ASID
Julie R. Schulte, ASID