ASID UCLA Extension

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

Bitter Sweet

Today marks my final President’s Message as the ASID UCLA Extension 2014-2015 Board term comes to a close.  I want to thank you all for an incredible year. We have accomplished so much in our year together and, from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate all the good times and great stories.  As a Board, we are so proud of our accomplishments, which include increasing membership, introducing an annual Portfolio Workshop, hosting educational events and networking opportunities, promoting the ASID UCLA Extension tote bags, and developing strong interaction with our community service project.


Incoming President Nancy Peng, Faculty Advisor Shepard Vineburg, ASID, & Outgoing President Natasha D’Souza

Speaking of our community service project, we have completed our renovations at the Jenesse Center! Working on this 3-bedroom/2-bathroom unit, we did everything from design concept, space planning, fundraising, demolition, construction, painting, flooring, lighting, installing vanities, sinks, hardware, and window treatments, and fully furnishing the entire space. Whew! The unique experience to do this as students brought us closer to our ASID community as well as each other. Thank you to all of the volunteers, members, and sponsors that made this possible – we couldn’t have done it without you! We are happy to call it home, and even left our handprints behind, literally. See more photos of our renovation here.


Without further ado, I would like to introduce a very talented, creative, and enthusiastic Board of Directors who will take leadership from April 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016:


President – Nancy Peng

Vice President – Deola Hassan

Secretary – Linette Dai

Treasurer – Flavia Ferraz

Membership- Lauren Moody Dito

Events- Iris Kuo

Fundraising- Courtney Holshouser

Community Service Project Manager – Tristan Wand

Community Service Project Designer – Marta McClelland

Public Relations + Marketing – Amy Lang

Graphic Designer – Margaret Smith

Communications Manager – Amber Sokolowski

Delegate-at-Large – Lauren Gneunon


Let’s come together one last time to celebrate the end of our Board term and welcome the 2015-2016 Student Chapter Board members. We would love to see everyone for a morning at the Eames House. Save the date for Saturday, April 18th! More details to follow soon.


Also, check out some of these local, key events once all of your finals are done:

-Westweek @ the PDC – March 25th and 26th

-Spring Market @ the LA Mart – March 27th – March 31st

-IP Expo & Big Event @ the LA Mart- March 31st


Serving on the Board for three full years, it has been a pleasure to serve the interior design community as one of the most respected chapters in the nation, supporting our education inside and outside of the classroom. I leave you with words of wisdom from Charles Eames – “Choose your corner, pick away at it carefully, intensely and to the best of your ability and that way you might change the world.”




Natasha D’Souza

President, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board



Black and blue or white and gold? If you haven’t seen the dress, take a look for yourself! We all perceive things differently.  Our perception of color depends on interpreting the type and amount of light in a room and our brain reacts with our visual cones to insert a color context for us.


Lighting is an important facet of design, and having an object or in this case a dress lighted with good CRI (color rendering index); makes all the difference in creating a proper illusion for people. Thanks to our Light Lab at Lamps Plus, we had an in depth discussion about such expertise in lighting, including current trends, and partnering with electricians. We appreciate all those who could attend this event!


Are you interested in being on the 2015-2016 Board? There’s still time! Please send me an email with which position(s) interest you, why, and a little bit more about yourself and your experiences by this Wednesday, March 4th. The new term begins on April 1st.


Finally, we are in the home stretch of our renovations at the Jenesse Center transitional housing unit! Take a look at our progress  here. We are still in need  of some further last-minute donations, whether it be items of furnishings you might have for us to include in the unit,  monetary donations or simply by means of purchasing your very own ASID UCLA Extension  tote bag. Please click on our wish list of items that we are still looking to fulfill within this coming week. Let us know if you can help in any capacity by emailing me at We thank all of the volunteers who have stepped up to the plate and assisted our Board at every turn. We’re looking to finish our board term and community service project off in style!


Keep Calm and Design On,


Natasha D’Souza

President, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board

Ready, Set, Go!

Thanks to all that attended The Sofa Company event this past Friday evening.  It was an informative sit-down session on custom furniture that has been developed over their last 16 years in business. Some of the many highlights included learning about “cell” production as well as their quarterly design contest. In valuing relationships with their designers, The Sofa Company’s quarterly design contest culminates with the winner receiving a named furniture piece sold in their showrooms, prize money, and commission on sales during the first 90 days.  The evening ended with attendees receiving “Home Sweet Home” pillows and an announcement for our next event.


Our next event will be hosted by Lamps Plus in West Los Angeles on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 6 p.m. It will include a “Light Lab” and even a raffle to win a $500 shopping spree! We’ll be sharing more details with you shortly so keep an eye out in your inboxes!


We have seen many of you volunteer as we work on renovating a 3-bedroom transitional housing unit at the Jenesse Center, the oldest domestic violence intervention program in Los Angeles. We truly appreciate each and every one of you and commend your diligence in making this a better place. With your hard work, much progress has been made in the past three weekends – ripping out the flooring, sanding, priming, and even painting. This weekend, we will be focusing on laying out the flooring and continuing to paint.  If you’re interested in volunteering, please email Tori Hettinger at


We are proud to announce that we will be naming the transitional housing unit in honor of Norma Merrick Sklarek. Norma (April 15, 1928 – February 6, 2012) was the first African American female to be licensed as an architect in the United States.  She accomplished many firsts for women in architecture, and her designs include working on Pacific Design Center and LAX – Terminal 1. Learn more about Norma here.


If you’re looking to be even more involved – why not become a Board member? We are seeking active members for the 2015-2016 ASID UCLA Extension Board of Directors in many different capacities with room for flexibility depending on your skills and experience. Learn more about the different board positions here.


With the Super Bowl behind us, our February is off to a running start. Let’s keep with the spirit and here’s to a kick-off for a great month ahead!




Natasha D’Souza

President, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board

Designing your Future

As the New Year begins, hold your brush, choose your palette, and begin to paint your blank canvas. Every time we enter into a space, another canvas unfolds before our eyes. We are the designers of the future. With it comes responsibility to our community to better it not only aesthetically, but also to make it functional.

As students, it is exciting to get started on transforming a transitional housing unit at Jenesse Center, a domestic violence intervention program. We are going full-force ahead for the next seven weekends to work on everything from flooring, paint, hardware, furniture, rugs, accessories, to lighting. This Saturday, January 17, 2015 will be time to prep and demo this 3-bedroom unit; roll up your sleeves and come help out! To participate and volunteer your time to our 2015 Community Service Project, either this weekend or an upcoming weekend, please email Tori Hettinger at

Another way to make a difference and support the Community Service Project is by purchasing our new ASID UCLA Extension canvas totes! With a successful membership drive completed, you may notice many members carrying their school supplies with the latest totes. Have you taken a look yet? Head over to our online storenow so you can sport your very own tote in no time – including picking yours up TODAY (Thursday, January 15th) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 1010 Westwood! With every tote sale, we hope to receive donations to enhance our Community Service Project with Jenesse Center, so that the victims of domestic abuse can have a welcoming place to call their home.

If you haven’t already figured it out, our mystery ‘Save the Date’ was for The Sofa Company! This educational event will be held in the Santa Monica showroom on Friday, January 30th from 6-8 p.m. and will encompass everything from learning about custom furniture to the launch of their new throw pillow line, and plenty of fun giveaways. RSVP here.

Between school, Jenesse Center, totes, and events – we look forward to seeing each and every one of you this month. It is jam-packed and we are ready to take action!




Natasha D’Souza

President, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board

Happy New Year!!!

Jenesse Center – Call For Space Plan & Inspiration Board Submissions
Deadline: Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

We’ve worked all year fundraising for our 2014-15 Community Service Project at the Jenesse Center. We’ll be renovating a housing unit for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. The next step in our development process is to create an inspirational mood board and space plan for the unit. We invite each of you to submit your ideas!
The unit will be named after Norma Sklarek, the first licensed African American woman architect. We’re looking for an inspiration board that incorporates the spirit of this ground breaking woman. Learn more about Norma Sklarek here. The inspiration board should be limited to one page (11″ x 17″ max).The space plan can be simple – a bubble diagram or even a quick sketch of furniture outlines will do. The only real guideline is that either bedroom 2 or bedroom 3 should be able to sleep multiple children (a bunk bed or similar) and the other bedroom should be a more neutral “guest room”. The master bedroom can stay a master bedroom. Use the floor plan here and submit it and/or the inspiration board by Friday, January 9, 2015 to

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Happy Holidays

I hope you are surviving finals!

Thanks to all of you who were able to take time out of your hectic schedules to join us for a nice holiday gathering at L.A. Vintage Furnishings! The showroom was filled with beautiful antique pieces and finely decorated for the winter festivities. Guests came full of holiday spirit bringing in plenty of canned goods for the Westside Food Bank as well as monetary donations to help fund our renovation project with Jenesse Center.

During the holiday season, we kindly ask if you are able to give towards making a better home for victims of domestic violence. Every dollar counts, and no donation is too small. All of the proceeds will go directly towards our renovation project at the Jenesse Center.  Donate today! 

We will be taking the opportunity over winter break to form sub-committees and provide updates regarding our 2014-2015 Community Service Project for all those that have shown interest in volunteering their time and resources. If you would like to get involved, simply email Tori Hettinger at

If you haven’t had a chance yet, today is the last day to submit your input for Arc+ID’s potential guest lecture series. The architecture and interior design guest lecture series survey will only take one minute of your time, and all responses are submitted into a drawing for design swag! We want your input! Take the survey here.  

We hope you enjoy this holiday season and have a relaxing break between quarters! There will be some great upcoming educational events in the New Year that we can’t wait to share with all of you soon.


Design + Drinks at L.A. Vintage Furnishings
Our Design + Drinks at L.A. Vintage Furnishings was a festive event! Watch our Facebook page for more event photos!


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

Learn to Grow

Thanks to those of you who attended our Sunset Tour at Strand House and Shade Hotel. The insightful and informative 3-hour tour by designers Larry Drasin and Michael Gentile not only explored the final designs and process of designing the two fantastic spaces, but also treated participants with complimentary refreshments and appetizers. Sharing his own experiences and business strategies with the tour group, Larry Drasin emphasized, “we’re changing the function and flow of the lifestyle of the consumers.” Larry concluded the Sunset Tour leaving us to ponder about the following:

1. Constant change is in our society; learn to grow

2. Do not get a defeatist attitude

3. There is always room for good people

4. Do not let anyone stop you — even yourself

As you let those words of wisdom sink in, we also invite you to take part in a brief survey to help identify possibilities for future guest lecturers through the UCLA Arc+ID Program. Hearing directly from experienced and notable architects and designers’ helps us all open our eyes to new inspirations and advanced knowledge. So, whom would you like to hear from? All participant responses will be entered into a drawing to win design swag. Tell us who inspires you here!

Furthermore, we need your help as we begin to work on our community service project at Jenesse Center. Enter our space-planning contest by submitting a plan that is both logical and aesthetically pleasing for the specified spaces. Please email your plans by Friday, December 12 to Your participation will look great on a resume and help change lives at Jenesse Center!

We have a special event in store for December. L.A. Vintage Furnishings will host holiday festivities at their showroom on Saturday, December 6th from 4-7pm with refreshments and light bites. What a perfect opportunity to mingle with peers and industry partners while sipping on delectable drinks and browsing through one-of-a-kind vintage and antique furnishings. This dramatic warehouse showcases vintage pieces within sets from different television shows that you don’t want to miss. RSVP here!

May this season bring you peace, love, prosperity, and happiness! We are looking forward to seeing you this Saturday as we mix ‘n’ mingle with some holiday jingle!



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

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

Check out the Architecture + Interior Design Electives and Workshops for Winter 2015!

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
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