ASID UCLA Extension

Community Service Project of the Year 2012-2013 • Faculty Advisor of the Year 2013-2014

Setting the Standard

We are breaking records – in more ways than one! One of our board commitments this year was to inspire our students to be involved and active within the community, and that is sure happening! We have a passionate group of students- a whopping 60 new student members joined ASID this quarter. We’ve also had many students ask how to renew their membership; it’s as simple as 1-2-3. Just follow these steps:

Step 1: Click HERE to log in to your MY ASID account using your member login and password.

Step 2: Click on “Pay Your Dues” in your MY ASID menu list.

Step 3: Check the invoice you wish to pay, add it to your shopping cart and follow the prompts to complete your payment from there!

You will definitely want to renew your membership before Mix It Up! Save by purchasing a reduced price membership ticket, and use that extra money towards our Grand Prize drawing for a 6-Night Trip to Brazil during the 2016 Olympics! This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We are extremely grateful for all the industry sponsors and partners that have been so generous with their time and resources.

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, our 9th Annual Mix It Up! will be held on Sunday, October 26th from 5-9 pm at Aventine in Hollywood. Our ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter will be hosting this event to celebrate and raise funds for our annual Community Service Project. We are finishing work at the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House (our 2013-14 community service project) and we will soon begin work for this year’s service project at theJenesse Center. Jenesse Center is one of the oldest domestic violence intervention programs in Los Angeles and we can’t wait to help renovate one of their transitional housing units. If you’re interested in volunteering on our Community Service Project sub-committee, send an email to Cathryn Camacho-Gluck at

Mix It Up! is around the corner and we have quite the treat in store at this fantastic Tinsel Town location:

  • Greeting you with a red carpet arrival
  • Step and repeat media wall for professional photos
  • Complimentary appetizers
  • Access to Aventine’s pizza bar… Mmmm!
  • Sangria Specials at the cash bar
  • DJ Sole-O spinning all night long
  • Photo booth extravaganza
  • An evening out on the Best Patio in LA with a comfortable-yet-classy ambiance
  • Complimentary dessert – who can resist?
  • Complimentary gift bags stuffed with design-inspired goodies
  • Networking with all the gorgeous guests, alumni, friends, faculty and valued sponsors attending
  • And, the best for the last, – over $40,000 in prizes!!! We just upped the ante.

Get all your homework done early because you do not want to miss out on the most anticipated event of the year! Space is filling up quickly so make sure to reserve your tickets today.


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

Welcome Back!

Let the new quarter commence! This fall quarter is bursting with passion and excitement from events, contests, competitions, and more.

 First of all, I would like to welcome all of our chapter’s newest members!  Our Fall quarter membership drive, which runs through October 11, has already proven to be most successful.  Two new members will win complimentary tickets to our biggest event of the year, Mix It Up!  This is also a great opportunity to renew your membership and/or advance to Allied Membership.  For more details, visit our website or contact our Membership Chair, Michelle McClory at

 At last month’s ASID LA Installation, winners of the Harold Grieve scholarship were announced.  We are elated to hear that a few of our UCLA students were among the top.  Congratulations to Diana Adams, Romina Hausmann, Ashley Kesapyan, Jennifer Purcell, and Ekaterina Romanova! Our own faculty advisor, Shepard Vineburg, ASID was also presented a Certificate of Appreciation from ASID Los Angeles Chapter for his ongoing service to the chapter and the profession.  In addition to being our UCLA Extension Student Chapter Faculty Advisor, Shepard also served ASID LA this past year as their Student Affairs Chair.

 Finally, the most popular and biggest event of the year, Mix It Up! is getting closer – Sunday, October 26th to be exact.  We have tons of terrific prizes in store for our members and guests, from gift cards to accessories and especially our grand prize, a round trip extravaganza during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (including airfare and accommodations). Try and beat that! Our 9th Annual Mix It Up! is a fantastic opportunity to spend an evening mingling with classmates, friends, fellow designers, professionals, professors, and industry sponsors.  Grab a drink, glam up for red carpet photos, enjoy photo booth fun, eat delectable appetizers, and invite your senses to enjoy what Aventine Hollywood has to offer. You don’t want to miss this!

 Proceeds from the event will fund our Community Service Project with Jenesse Center, the oldest domestic violence intervention program in Los Angeles. Domestic violence is an epidemic that affects individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and we hope to provide our time and resources for a 3-bedroom transitional housing unit at the Jenesse Center with your help.


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

Mix It Up!

I’m happy to announce that we will be finishing renovations at the 2013-14 student board’s Community Service Project, Peggy Albrecht’s Friendly House, by the end of the month. This comes just in time for our 9th Annual Mix It Up! The event is a fantastic networking and fundraising opportunity, and all around celebration of our year. Highlights include appetizers, photo booth, cash bar, and plenty of chances to win phenomenal prizes from our generous sponsors. This year’s Mix It Up! will be held at Aventine in Hollywood on Sunday, October 26th – don’t miss out on our biggest event of the year! Tickets will go on sale soon.

Proceeds of our 9th Annual Mix It Up! support the Jenesse Center, the oldest domestic violence intervention center in Los Angeles. The center is dedicated to preventing and ending the cycle of violence through education, research, resources, and advocacy. ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter is honored to work with the Jenesse Center on renovating one of their transitional housing units.

If you are interested in dedicating your time and efforts to support Mix It Up! or if you would like to be involved with our Community Service Project with Jenesse Center, please reach out to our Vice President, Cathryn Camacho-Gluck


Would you like to become more involved with the ASID LA professional chapter? ASID LA is looking for UCLA Extension Arc+ID student representatives to form a sub-committee with the current Student Representative. The goal is to encourage and facilitate cross-pollination of ideas and opportunities among the student chapters, as well as augmenting interaction with ASID LA. The term will start in September 2014 and end in August 2015. Responsibilities include helping coordinate the Student Career Day in addition to important chapter events. For more details and other volunteer opportunities, please scroll down.

We are so grateful for everything we have going on, and it is always a pleasure to give back to the community.


Best Regards,

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

Take a Break!

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

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