ASID UCLA Extension

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

Giving Thanks

With Thanksgiving being twelve short days away, we have many reasons to give thanks. First, we have had a great response for volunteers for our renovation project with Jenesse Center.  For those of you still thinking about becoming involved, rest assured, we will send out an email in the coming weeks regarding sub-committees and schedules for the project.  To get onto our volunteer email list now, please send your information to Tori Hettinger at We’re also looking to engage the design community and make this project as interactive as possible. We want to involve our student members by means of Facebook polls; and perhaps even a space planning challenge! Stay tuned.

If you haven’t already taken a look, our 9th Annual Mix It Up! photos are now up on Facebook! What a beautiful crowd and an exceptional night! Once again, thank you all for your support.

We are also grateful to have our instructors involved in shaping our futures.  Larry Drasin, UCLA ARC+ID Instructor and designer at Drasin Design, will grace us with a sunset tour of Strand House and Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach on Saturday, November 22.  The walking tour of both buildings will be followed by a presentation on the process of designing the Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach, which is due to open in 2015. After the tours and presentation, there will be opportunity to mix and mingle, as well as time to sip on international wines and taste scrumptious appetizers at the famous Zinc Lounge. Hope to see you there!

On behalf of our 2014-2015 Student Chapter Board, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

With gratitude,

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

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A Bit of Wisdom

What a beautiful week this has been! Today marks my six months as your Student Chapter President. I am so grateful for our entire board’s hard work, ambition, and passion these past months! Reaching our halfway point, it is with great excitement that we look forward to continue engaging our student community and bringing you opportunities to supplement your education and experiences in design.

Thanks to each and every one of you for supporting our 9th Annual Mix It Up! And a very special thanks to our volunteers and sponsors! It was a stellar evening and truly a success! To view some of the photos and read some of the highlights of the event, scroll below. Proceeds from the event will go towards our Community Service Project with Jenesse Center. We look forward to your involvement to help support Jenesse Center and raise awareness around the issue of domestic violence. If you would like to donate your time and resources, please send an email to Cathryn Camacho-Gluck at

Looking for a fresh perspective on interior design? Fill your mind with more interior design knowledge, industry understanding and network within the community. These are some great opportunities to discover and learn more this month:

  • Real World Design Week – November 2 – 8, 2014
  • DIEM 2014 – November 14, 2014
  • LCDQ Fall Events – October 30 – November 21, 2014

And, remember to be in the moment! We could all use a little refresher, so here are a few tips:

  • Breathe (Be mindful and boost your awareness)
  • Accept that certain things are beyond your control (Understanding the moment)
  • Savor (Experience the moment with all your senses using positive emotions)
  • Flow (To make the most of time, lose track of it)
  • Dance like no one’s watching (Don’t think too much about what you’re doing – lose self consciousness)
  • Look at the world with fresh eyes and truly engage (The more you notice, the more you see)

As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”



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

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

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