CRAIG WILKERSON: DESIGNING RESTAURANTS
Craig Wilkerson, IDI student, was hired as Finish Designer by the Hatch Design Group in Irvine. He was hired in January 2013 while in his senior year in the bachelor’s program.
The prestigious Hatch Design Group is a hospitality design firm whose clients include Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Windham Hotels & Resorts, Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, Vic Stewart’s, Starfish and Bungalow Grill. This is only a partial listing of the Hatch Design Group’s client list. The firm provides the entire scope of design services from conceptual development, interior and exterior design to the specification and purchasing of furniture, accessories and equipment.
Craig is an outstanding student, whose work is consistently chosen for the Hall of Fame. Craig is talented, motivated and liked by faculty and students. Craig is successfully making the transition from student to professional designer. In the future, we look for his work to be published in Hospitality Design Magazine or Boutique Design Magazine.
Craig’s current project is a Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, for one of its newest locations. He selects finishes and furnishings, as well as writes the specifications, creates presentation boards, and coordinates samples and quotes for these selections.
Congratulations to Craig on his current & future success!
DESIGNING CORPORATE INTERIORS
Jennifer Goh was just hired as a designer by IA Interior Architects!
IA is one of the top 100 design firms in the world!
Jennifer graduated in July 2012 from the Bachelor of Arts Degree Program at IDI. She was a superior student with talent, outstanding social and technical skills. IA Interior Architects is lucky to have found such a terrific super talent.
IA Interior Architects is the first global architecture firm focused exclusively on interiors. The firm provides strategic planning, interior architecture and design services for corporations, businesses, and institutions.
IA has twelve offices in the United States and two international offices. In addition, IA has more than 60 partner offices outside the United States, representing over 1,000 staff in the Americas, in Asia/Australia, and in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
As a designer at IA, Jennifer will be selecting finishes, modifying drawings, providing assistance and support on projects, preparing design and contract documents and assisting with site verification and/or field surveys.
KRISTINE HEDLEY: HISTORICAL PRESERVATION
Kristine Hedley, a current BA student from IDI, enjoyed her Historic Preservation class so much that when it came time for an internship she decided a firm specializing in this field might be of interest.
As luck would have it her instructor, Paul Rice, had a contact in Long Beach that specialized in the field of Historic Preservation. Kristine followed up on the lead contacting the firm of Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architects. The timing could not have been better as the firm just happened to be in need of an intern. On board as an intern, Kristine quickly discovered she could apply her design education, along with her class knowledge in historic preservation, to make the most of her internship.
Projects at Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architects included preservation and restoration of historically significant buildings, and Kristine interned working in their interiors department. And, her immediate supervisor was yet another IDI graduate, Kristin Pipal, who she assisted in developing interior drawings, designs as well as selecting historically appropriate materials on various projects. As Kristine’s internship neared its completion, the principle of the firm was so impressed with Kristine’s abilities she was taken on as a permanent employee.
One never knows what opportunities an internship may provide, but it is clear that when a student follows their interests, anything is possible!
ANDREA AGCAOILI: DESIGNING HEALTHCARE
IDI Alumni, Class of 2007, Bachelor of Arts, Interior Design.
Andrea Agcaoili, IDI Graduate, is a designer in Cedars-Sinai Healthcare Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction Department in Los Angeles. She has worked there since graduating from IDI.
Andrea is part of the in-house design and construction management group that oversees all renovations, remodels, and new construction throughout the main campus and ancillary administrative buildings at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital Campus.
Projects can be as small as a new furniture order to construction of a brand new 8-story research building. Andrea interfaces between user groups and consultants such as the architecture firms, contractors, vendors, FF & E procurement and final user move-in. Recently she has become involved with the Donor Relations department in designing and coordinating installation of donor signage for the hospital.
Working as an in-house designer in a construction management group which focuses on project management coupled with her technical knowledge and ongoing on-the-job experience, has allowed Andrea to grow and continue on her career path. Andrea loves what she does and has recently gotten married. It doesn’t get any better than this!
CHARITY HESTER: DESIGNING CRUISE SHIPS
IDI Grad Designing for Princess Cruises
Charity Hester, Bachelor of Arts Degree graduate from IDI, is working in the Architect and Design Department of Princess Cruises, with a fleet of 17 ships and two new ships on the way. Although she never imagined she would be designing the interiors of cruise ships, she absolutely loves her job. Her design talent, communication skills and computer skills, landed her the job.
While a student at IDI, she obtained a position through the IDI job bank, as a design assistant in a boutique design firm in Orange County, specializing in high-end residential and retail shops. In addition to learning how a design office is operated, she gained valuable experience working as a liaison to clients, contractors and vendors.