ASID UCLA Extension

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Changing Views

It has been a busy last couple of weeks with classes, clients, family, and life in general. While juggling so much during these summer months, many of us often find ourselves stuck in a pattern or over-complicating the situation when the key is right in front of our eyes. One of my favorite quotations by Dr. Wayne Dyer is: “Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.” In the design world, it is crucial to allow our minds to open up to receive different perspectives for the best possible solution.

We all have different paths that will lead to our ultimate success. Although change is inevitable, our mutual passion for design, education, and participation in social activities in the Greater Los Angeles area defines us as a community. With current trends, a need for productivity through accessibility – specifically with respect to technology – is apparent. Being proactive to be able to meet the requests of our community is imperative for our student chapter.

As some of you have noticed, we have not posted job and internship opportunities as of late due to recent circumstances. With the feedback we’ve received, we are working hard to get these into our future newsletters once again as we realize accessibility is crucial. Our upcoming networking event Design + Drinks at Oliver Café will be a great way to form connections with your peers as well as instructors which could lead to endless possibilities. This will be held on Friday, August 22nd from 6 -8 PM. If you haven’t registered yet, we have a few spots available HERE.

Finally, our Board is very excited to share the latest news about our 9th Annual Mix It Up! Please save the date for Sunday, October 26, 2014 with more details to follow at a later date. There may be a few surprises in store so mark your calendars, as this is a not-to-be-missed event!


Best Regards,


Natasha D’Souza

President, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board


Let’s welcome all of our new members! Our summer membership drive was a great hit this quarter and I encourage all of you to get to know your peers. I saw a couple new faces that joined us for our July event, ‘Designing for a Community: Koning Eizenberg Architecture at the Pico Branch Library in Santa Monica. Thank you so much to all who attended. For those who could not attend, here is a quick insight into our exclusive tour.

 Nathan Bishop, principal at Koning Eizenberg, led our group through the entire park and library and ended with a visual demonstration as we pored over a large set of construction documents. This LEED Platinum space was inspiring with its innovative use of a digitally cut steel roof, air recirculation, infrastructure in the floor that provided for a pure ceiling, the use of a canopy, acoustically transparent paint, rainwater harvesting, and a smart landscape. What used to be a violent park is no more; the culturally rich Pico Branch library is now the heart of the community. View our photo gallery of ‘Designing for a Community: Koning Eizenberg Architecture here. 

As we round out the rest of summer, we thought it’d be a nice treat to stop in the cool air of the chic Oliver Café in the heart of the Beverly Hills’ Golden Triangle. It is an adaptive reuse of a 1960′s era detached round steel bank vault. Save the date for August 22 from 6-8pm! Keep an eye out for the invitation to hit your inbox soon!


Best Regards,


Natasha D’Souza

President, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board

Designing a Community

Did you all enjoy last night’s summer rain? I sure did, except the fact that my drafting table has been parked outside for a while now and hauling that beast to safety was quite the task!

Speaking of tasks, our Student Chapter Board has been busy with kicking things into gear for the upcoming months.  We have a great event planned for this Saturday, July 19th from 3-6PM so mark your calendars!  Koning Eizenberg will highlight their latest project in Santa Monica at the Pico Branch Public Library on the Virginia Avenue Park campus. The design of this new sustainable branch library leverages existing activities and programs in a popular public park to attract users and focus on community identity.  To learn more or to join us for this unique opportunity, click HERE

After a long hiatus, work on the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House will soon be underway again.  This project which started this previous year will complete renovations to this historic century-old dwelling that now functions as a shelter for women recovering from substance abuse. To volunteer, please contact Carisse Lynelle at


As we start to wrap up our work with Friendly House, we also will be undertaking another community service project in conjunction with our 9th Annual Mix It Up! We can’t wait to share more details with you soon.


Hope to see you all this Saturday!




Natasha D’Souza

President, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board

A Summer of Design


I hope these last few weeks have been as amazing as mine!  With ASID Celebration, Dwell on Design, other events around the city and our very own Design + Drinks with Studio Unltd at MessHall Kitchen, it has been great seeing many of your faces around.  Take a look at ourevent photos! 


Thank you to all who made it to our event at MessHall Kitchen.  For those of you who couldn’t join, Ania Bowan of Studio Unltd gave us the historical background of the building, as it is now the only original standing structure from The Brown Derby that was designed by architect Wayne McAllister. Studio Unltd has incorporated the architectural dome ceiling and created a neo-industrial feel to the space with décor such as simple trays along a short wall. Read morehere and view photos here.

Last weekend, I also had the opportunity of visiting the interiors of the Eames House and Studio. Here is walkthrough of the Eames House. It was a wonderful treat to be up close and personal and to really see the way the Eames lived and worked.  My personal favorite was the musical tower from the Eames Studio.  Learning about the Eames’ ideas in my undergraduate studies, and now hearing and seeing the musical tower brought out the kid in me. The way the musical tower works is that a few small hard plastic balls are dropped from the top of this gravity-powered xylophone and then plink their way down the many keys to play a little tune for the office.

With summer here, we have a lot more in store for you all. Public spaces, office tours, and the beach await you.  We can’t wait to share more details with you soon. For now, stay cool and Happy Fourth of July!



Last week was a complete whirlwind as I had the pleasure of attending NeoCon in Chicago. With over one million square feet of showroom and exhibition space, it was an overwhelming experience to say the least; I was a tiny mouse trapped in a giant maze (a fun one at that!). I attended keynote presentations, workshops, and tours, soaking up an abundance of knowledge about many different facets of design.  It was a wonderful networking opportunity, meeting people from all over the globe.

A highlight for me was sitting in on Scott Barry Kaufman’s keynote presentation in which he talked about a multitude of topics that our core presence can relate to in terms of design and learning. Specifically, he articulated that, “Innovation requires creativity, passion, and intrinsic motivation.”  Those words truly resonated with me.  It doesn’t matter whether you are a student, professional, faculty or otherwise – find out what motivates you and pursue that course.

This month is filled with some fantastic events and we hope to see you around taking advantage of them. Here are some of the highlights, and don’t forget to scroll below as there are some amazing opportunities to volunteer (such as receiving a complimentary student ticket worth $300 to the ASID Celebration Gala!):

  • Dwell on Design – June 20-22nd
  • ASID Celebration Gala – June 21st
  • A+D Museum “Celebrate 2014″ Gala – June 28th

We are very excited to host our next student chapter event at the end of the month and can’t wait to share more details with you soon!

  • SAVE the DATE for Sunday, June 29th

We also want to thank each of you who could attend our Portfolio Workshop.  It was a wonderful experience and we would love to implement it as an annual workshop.  If you want to know more, please read about the event below and click here to view photos.

Congratulations to all the students that are graduating this quarter! We wish you a great journey ahead.



Natasha D’Souza

President, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board


Where do you find your inspiration?  It sure doesn’t come to the lazy… Alumni, students, and even professionals came ready to learn yesterday at our Portfolio Workshop.  For those of you who couldn’t attend, the afternoon was a dynamic forum for professional development. Backed by extensive real world experience, our esteemed panel provided resume writing and interviewing tips, as well as insight into building one’s professional portfolio.

This zest for knowledge fuels our inspiration meter. The more we observe, listen, and pay attention to the people, things, and spaces around us – we fuel this meter. Work and play. Play and work.

Working hard is important as it builds our character, our morale, and a strong work ethic, which are key ingredients to Interior Design.  Play is even more important. Moments of rest are where we aren’t taking ourselves too seriously, over thinking, or on a desperate hunt for a viable solution. Play is where everything starts making sense.  We focus on the moment and let our minds wander where they may.  If you are familiar with Eames’ philosophy, Charles once said his dream was “to have people working on useless projects. These have the germ of new concepts.”  That is where inspiration lies.

As we go into the last few weeks of this quarter, let’s try something different.  We’ve all studied so hard to get where we are, and put so much time and effort into each project.  Step back by taking a day or even a few hours to look at the bigger picture. Inspiration may come to you when you least expect it, so we have to continue to refuel that meter in order to be at the top of our aptitude.

At the Portfolio Workshop, Joanne MacCallum mentioned that “some of our best designs come out of our mistakes.”  Allow yourself to make mistakes. In fact, give yourself time to make mistakes. Let your project take its course and I believe this will push it to the next level.

Inspiration is everywhere. So work hard, play hard, and keep the cycle going.  Too much of one thing is damaging.  Discover how to give yourself permission to embrace and unleash your own brilliance. You can do it. I don’t need to wish you good luck on finals or wish the soon-to-be grads all the luck in the world. You build your own luck.



Natasha D’Souza

President, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board


May is in full bloom! We are so excited to host our first Portfolio Workshop in years. We have a jam-packed schedule full of resume building, portfolio prepping, and tips for interviewing. There will also be one-on-one time with seasoned alumni and faculty to assist you with whatever you may need. This is a great opportunity for you to dust off those class portfolios or even start one from scratch to help you land an internship or job in the industry.  Space is limited! RSVP today.

It was great running into some of you at LCDQ Legends last week.  I had the pleasure of sitting in one of the last keynotes entitled “9 Ways the Internet Turned Interior Design Upside Down.”  The material provided me with more inspiration and clarity on the choices we make and the paths we take.

For those of you who missed out, the “9 Ways” according to Matt Sanders of Domaine Home, with support by panelists Mark D. Sikes, Estee Stanley and Sophia Bush, are as follows:

  1. Sharing Your Point Of View
  2. Abundance of Inspiration
  3. Research
  4. Client Access
  5. Celebrity Trends
  6. Knowing Your Audience
  7. Brand Yourself
  8. Your Own PR Machine
  9. Networking

The most important thing I took away from this presentation was ‘to each their own.’  It was nice to see different approaches for each of the “9 Ways.” Everyone – whether you are a designer, stylist, client, actress, editor, or even a student – be who you are and do it boldly. As simple as it may be, create your online presence by participating.  So don’t delay, start contributing today:

Follow us on Facebook!

Follow us on Instagram!

Follow us on Twitter!

Check out our website!

Get lost in a black hole, allow yourself to indulge, but then know when to rein it in. It’s not about how you do it, when you do it, or where you do it – do it the way you want to do it!



Natasha D’Souza

President, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board


It has been a whirlwind past two weeks. Change is all around us and we must embrace it.  Ritu Ghatourey said “Sometimes things happen in life that are not part of the plan. When that happens, don’t give up on your dreams, just find another way to reach them.“  I urge each one of you to step out past your boundaries and find solace in the unfamiliar.  Use your resources wisely and tap into new territories!

To support you in this endeavor or any other venture, our Student Chapter will be hosting a Portfolio Workshop at the end of this month.  Please save the date for May 31st!  We also have some wonderful opportunities to discover fresh ideas, including:

  • La Cienega Design Quarter’s Legends 2014 – May 7-9, 2014
  • HD Expo in Las Vegas - May 14-16, 2014
  • Dwell on Design - June  20-22, 2014

I would like to thank each one of you who could join us for our first event at SHOREbar, which is being showcased in Dwell’s May 2014 issue.  John Sofio of BUILT gave us a wealth of information and showed us the specifics in executing this project within a $120,000 budget. Feel free to learn more about SHOREbar by reading the commentary below and view photos from the event here.

 If you haven’t had a chance to fill out our survey, we would really appreciate your feedback.  It will only take you a few minutes of your time, and it will help improve our Student Chapter. Thank you all for your participation!

 Best Regards,


Natasha D’Souza

President, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board


The last two weeks have just flown by! Class is in full swing and so much is happening in and out of our Student Chapter.  Did you happen to hear? Our very own Shepard Vineburg, ASID has won the ‘Faculty Advisor of the Year’ award for our ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter! We are all so proud of Shepard; he truly deserves this acknowledgement. For those of you that haven’t crossed paths with him yet, he brings out the best in our students by constantly encouraging them with his knowledge, charisma, and enthusiasm as well as connecting students with his community of colleagues and design professionals.

As we begin the new quarter, we are holding our Membership Drive from April 22nd through April 24th. We will be stopping by your class(es) in the upcoming weeks to talk more about ASID and encourage every student to engage in the design community that ASID offers. In case we miss you, we will have a drop box at the 1010 building for membership applications. We encourage you to renew and/or sign up fellow students in order to benefit from educational tours, networking events, design projects, and volunteer opportunities that we have in store throughout the year. ASID is the oldest, largest, and most diverse interior design organization in the world, and is a leader in developing students and professionals with career tools, job listings, study abroad grants, scholarships, awards and competitions, NCIDQ prep courses, and leadership opportunities. Becoming a student member is the first and best way to start getting involved!

Our Student Chapter is hosting our first tour of the 2014-2015 term on Sunday, April 27th. We are happy to announce that guest speaker, John Sofio of Built, Inc. will be presenting us with a design/build tour of SHOREbar.  SHOREbar was the 2013 AIA People’s Choice Award Winner, and we cannot wait to see its nautical theme and unparalleled beach views. They are opening their doors especially for us, so get your hands onto these tickets quickly! Register here.

To get a better idea of how our Student Chapter can improve your experience through online and in-person activities, we would greatly appreciate if you have 5 minutes to complete this survey. All completed surveys will be entered to win a complimentary ticket for our April 27th Private Tour at SHOREbar. Two lucky winners will be chosen at random. To qualify to win, please submit your completed survey by April 24, 2014. Winners will be notified by email.

Our community service project with Peggy Albrecht’s Friendly House has been going through a few structural changes. Once all is in place, we will be able to finish what we’ve started from the prior year. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer to help in the final stages, please email Carisse Lynelle at

Hope to see you all in the coming weeks!

Best Regards,

Natasha D’Souza

President, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board


The 2014-2015 Board

ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board 2014-2015
President – Natasha D’Souza
Vice President – Cathryn Camacho
Secretary – Jazmyne Crunk
Treasurer – Michelle Her
Membership Chair – Michelle McClory
Events Chair – Alexander Raul Barrera (not pictured)
Fundraising Chair – Ana Paula Henkel
Public Relations & Communications – Tori Hettinger
Web & Graphic Design – Diana Adams
Archivist & Photographer – Kelly Petersen
Faculty Advisor – Shepard Vineburg, ASID

Today marks my first day as your new President of the ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter for the upcoming year.  I am so excited to lead such a wonderful group of people, full of passion, talent, intellect, and charisma.  As a new board, everyone’s fingers are itching to get started. We are eager for what’s to come and are looking forward to a fantastic year ahead!


Having served on the board for the last two years as Treasurer and PR + Communications, respectively, I was able to get my feet wet, and I am hoping to put those experiences to great use.  We are looking to expand our horizons by introducing a few changes, and some new ideas are already in motion.  The ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter provides the interior design community with opportunities to experience education outside the classroom, network with professionals and fellow students, and take advantage of the city of Los Angeles and design inspiration that can be found all around us. We want to engage our students and get as many people involved as possible.

With that said, I hope you were able to absorb some knowledge at WestWeek last month at the Pacific Design Center. It was such a great opportunity to see expos, seminars, and designers in such a candid setting.  In the meantime, there are many incredible events highlighted in our newsletter this month, including Ray Eames: In the Spotlight.  I plan on attending and hope to see some of you there!

We also want to thank everyone for coming out to The LINE Hotel this past weekend and enjoying an intimate afternoon with Knibb Design. For those of you who couldn’t attend, designer Sean Knibb shared his philosophies on the need to accept constraints and unexpected developments during the life of a project; that acceptance is critical to a successful design process. Constantly asking ”What’s my map?” helps maintain a focused design and keeps all elements of the project relevant. The end goal, as Sean Knibb explained, is all about staying connected to each other with constant teamwork, brainstorming, and shared inspiration. Our local community has a lot to offer, and I encourage everyone to keep their eyes peeled, as a clever inspiration might be what puts your project over the edge.  Sean Knibb did it with an everyday object, a t-shirt.  What would you do?

To wrap things up, I want to say that it is with great enthusiasm that I hope to serve our student community and bring you experiences to supplement our education.  I hope our board will continue to enrich your experience in design and I look forward to serving you in the coming year.

Best Regards,

Natasha D’Souza
President, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board

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