ASID UCLA Extension

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Could it be, is it true? Yes indeed! Spring quarter has ended and for some of you lucky ones, summer break peaks around the corner. For the rest of us, summer quarter commences like clockwork.

 

As we venture further into the world of Interior Design and Architecture, we may find that certain points in the journey have not gone as smoothly as we intended. Sure, design is fun, but what if we just don’t feel like it some days, or sometimes the road to success seems so long? How do you best circumvent these unwanted emotions?

 

Well, contrary to popular belief, these emotions are important and should actually be welcomed with open arms. Studies have shown that certain amounts of anxiety and uncertainty, push and lead us to greater success in the future. Delayed satisfaction is always better than instant gratification. It sets higher expectations and helps one fight through the detours. This month, after attending the Neocon convention in Chicago, three days of meeting the industry’s top designers and architects, led to some very informative insights. When it comes to work, life and everything in-between, design professionals seemed to all agree on the following three top tips:

  1. Love people, work well with teams, and have empathy when it comes to others. Remember that the design world is a small and concentrated community. Everyone knows everyone, people refer those that work well and deliver, and defer those who just simply don’t. Be assertive, but respectful and professional at all times. Also, get out and interact with some interesting folks.
  2. Explore different avenues of design, don’t settle for just one firm or one specialization. Try a few different internships at small, medium, and big firms. Explore the sales and business-side of design. You never know, you may start by preferring one, but actually falling in love with another. However, once started, stay with a job for a minimum of one year, too much “jumping ship” only inhibits your professionalism.
  3. Stand out by constantly updating your portfolio and resume. Remember, simplicity is key, good graphic coordination and “the process” concepts are integral for job placements. On average, HR spends 20-30 seconds per portfolio, don’t decrease this window of opportunity with spelling mistakes or distracting graphics. In fact, ask a graphic designer to review your work. Later this year, we will be offering a Portfolio Workshop event, so keep your eyes out!

If you place these three ideas top of mind while mixing them with your own insights, you will be on the right track in no time! On that note, in celebration of design, summer and of course, people, July’s special event will be: Design Talks & Drinks at Laurel & Wolf. Featured in Entrepreneur, Glamour and TechCrunch, Laurel & Wolf is the face and new generation of design. They are a Los Angeles based design and tech company that leverages the online world as a tool for designers. On Saturday July 18th, join us for a summer afternoon of appetizers and drinks. Seebelow for more information. Mingle with the CEO and the company’s top designers, get to know their trade secrets and create your own!

 

Until next time,

 

Nancy Peng

President, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board

Alumni Feature Article

Alumni Feature Article
 
For our first UCLA Extension ASID Alumni feature article, we are honored to feature Helen Meisel,  the current ASID LA Chapter President. We asked Helen to describe some of her experiences at UCLA Extension, and professional endeavors.
Name: Helen Meisel, ASID/CID
Title: Principal
Company: Helen Meisel Design Services
Please describe your role within your current company: “I am the owner and principal designer.”
What year did you complete the Arc+ID program? “I completed the program in 1979. At that time, it was called the UCLA Extension Interior and Environmental Design Program. It offered a Professional Designation in Interior Design. When I enrolled in the program in 1975, it was really in its infancy and has now matured to a Masters in Interior Architecture.”
What did you like about the UCLA Extension Arc+ID program? “I loved the instructors. My initial interest in the program was for the graphic design courses since I had started a custom invitation business. Then, on a whim, I took the Introductory Interior Design course taught by Jody Greenwald (the founder of the program)and was hooked. She introduced me to the great decorators and interior design influencers of the twentieth century, the iconic furniture designers and architectural designers, and put it all into a historical context. I gradually shifted my course selections to more Interior Design related.”
How did the program help prepare you for what you are currently doing? “The program gave me the technical skills I needed to be a designer. I learned how to draft, do elevations, put boards together. But, most of all, the program taught me how to see. I learned how to focus on the elements of my surrounding environment, to look at the relationship and scale of patterns and shapes, and to pay attention to the details that make good design.”
What do you enjoy most about what you are currently doing? “Being a problem solver and coming up with solutions for my clients that they would not be able to achieve on their own. While we always want to make things look beautiful, I also want to make sure that the design functions well, that it is durable and timeless, and makes the client feel happy and relaxed.”
Any advice for students currently in the program? “Be open to different career paths in design. I shifted my focus from graphic design to interior design.. The same principles apply, but in a different platform and with different elements or tools. Then, about 15 years ago, I formed a multi-line representative company providing furnishings for the luxury hospitality industry. Now I am back to only practicing interior design. I also know other interior designers who have become furniture designers, textile designers or lighting designers, either independently or for major manufacturers. So with your design training, you can do different things separately or even simultaneously.”
 
“Here are two before and after images of a sadly neglected modern residence that I recently refurbished. My goal was to enhance the distinctive features of the home without compromising the architectural integrity.”
 
  Before – Dining Room & Zen Garden                             After
  Before – Entertaining & Media Room                            After

JULY EVENT!

Walt Disney Concert Hall Tour Event Recap
On Saturday, June 27th the UCLA Extension ASID Student Chapter experienced a special docent-led tour of the Los Angeles Music Center and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The event also included a tour of the Mark Taper Forum and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. All three locations featured distinctly unique and awe-inspiring architecture and design. The Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by Frank Gehry, tour included insight into the inspiration behind the architecture and a visit to the outdoor gardens. The Mark Taper forum tour included a personal look at, and information about, the design of the latest production. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (once the home of the Academy Awards) tour included viewing the glamorous design, the exclusive Foundation Room, and renowned artwork. The experience was unforgettable. See below for information about our next event in July!

ART THERAPY

Getty 360 – Summer Events & Inspiration

Experience the Getty like you never have this summer. Summer events include “Saturdays Off the 405” and “Friday Flights,” as well as special family programming and “Garden Concerts for Kids” during the month of August. View the new exhibitions including the latest photography exhibition “In Focus: Animalia,” and the upcoming “Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic Word” opening July 28-the largest bronze sculpture exhibition ever hosted at the Getty Center- or indulge in culinary workshops or chef events. For more information click here.

 

Content and Artwork Wanted for our Newsletter

Are there any topics you have wanted to see in this newsletter? Do you have a perspective you would like to share? Do you have artwork or designs you would like to feature? We would love to hear from you! We are currently reviewing submissions for editorial articles, and original artwork or designs to feature in upcoming issues of our ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter newsletter. The newsletter is a great way for your work to reach students, design industry professionals, and alumni!

 

Please submit entries to communications@asiduclaextension.com

Amber Sokolowski, Communications Manager, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter 2015-2016

 

SUBMIT YOUR WORK!

  

Content and Artwork Wanted for our Newsletter

Are there any topics you have wanted to see in this newsletter? Do you have a perspective you would like to share? Do you have artwork or designs you would like to feature? We would love to hear from you! We are currently reviewing submissions for editorial articles, and original artwork or designs to feature in upcoming issues of our ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter newsletter. The newsletter is a great way for your work to reach students, design industry professionals, and alumni!

Please submit entries to communications@asiduclaextension.com

Amber Sokolowski, Communications Manager, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter 2015-2016

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