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YOTA STAVROS: DESIGNING THE HOTTEST NIGHT CLUBSgrad-Yota-Stavros-t

Yota Stavros was hired by Davis Ink after her internship, for the BA program at IDI. Yota’s passion for design and desire to learn made such an impression that her internship became her new design position.

Davis Ink designs award-winning, successful nightclubs, restaurants and hotels. They have been recognized with prestigious awards including OC METRO’s “Hot 25” and Boutique Design Magazine’s “Boutique 18” for the top hospitality designers in the country.

Davis Ink has designed some of Southern California’s most unique hospitality and night club venues including Conde Nast Traveler’s “Hot List” award winner, Stingtree in San Diego and the mega-club restaurant Kress in Hollywood.

Congratulations Yota!

YASMIN GHAFFARI: DESIGNING HOTELSgrad-Yasmin-Ghaffari-t

Yasmin while nearing the completion of her internship at HBA (Hirsch Bedner Associates) was hired on to continue with the “Number 1 Hospitality Design Firm” in our industry. She will be working in their Culver City office just one of 16 locations throughout the world. And, if you do not know the acronym, HBA, this firm unveils the world’s most anticipated hotels, resorts, and spas and has been leading the hospitality industry since 1965. HBA remains keenly attuned to the pulse of changing industry trends governed by today’s sophisticated traveler.

Yasmin herself, a world traveler, is a perfect fit for this international firm. Yasmin is extroverted with a positive attitude that is absolutely contagious. She believes when she walked in for her interview it is was the combination of perfect timing, a passion for design and the right outfit that clenched the deal. She believes you should never under estimate the power of your wardrobe on helping give you the confidence to make the best impression.

ALYSA JOHNSON: DESIGNS FOR #1 DESIGN FIRM IN THE USAgrad-Alysa-Johnson-t

After graduating from IDI, Alysa worked at several smaller design firms honing her design skills. However, her goal was to work for one of the largest design firms in the world, Gensler. So, with portfolio in hand and experienced gained, Alysa secured a position at the Gensler office in Newport Beach. Knowing where you want to work, coupled with skills learned at IDI, proved to be a winning combination!

Although Gensler has 33 offices through out the world, each office usually specializes in different areas of design ranging from airport terminals like our John Wayne Airport Terminal C to specialty venues like their designs for L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. At the Irvine office, Alysa has the opportunity to work on projects focusing on banks, corporate spaces and law offices. Setting goals early as a designer is always a plus and we can see for Alysa it truly paid dividends!

CLAUDIO ALBANO: DESIGNING NEW YORK CITYgrad-Claudio-Albano-t

Claudio Albano, in the Bachelor of Arts Degree Program at IDI, interned with Martyn Lawrence-Bullard in Los Angeles. He was just hired after his internship. Congratulations Claudio!

Martyn Lawrence-Bullard’s work has appeared in over 700 publications including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House & Garden, Interior Design, and Vogue. His clientele include Sir Elton John, Christine Aguilera, Kid Rock, Felicity Huffman, Patti La Belle, Cheryl Tiegs and Cher, just to name a few. Martyn is featured on the current television show, Million Dollar Decorators on Bravo TV on Tuesday nights. Claudio is working with a designer who, not only designs spectacular homes, but also has a line of fabrics, furniture and rugs.

Claudio’s Residential Design I project was featured in the IDI Hall of Fame, so it is no wonder he would be hired by one of the greatest residential designers in the country. Claudio has talent, personality and motivation, which are all winning ingredients of success!

TIMOTHY CHEN: DESIGNING SCHOOLS & COLLEGESgrad-Timothy-Chen-t

Congratulations to Tim Chen, IDI BA graduate, who has been hired by the DLR Group in Santa Monica!

The DLR Group focuses on education design from K-12 to Higher Education. Tim has been fortunate to be involved from the beginning of a recent project by creating a schematic design for a design build competition of LA Valley College. He has also produced renderings and design development presentations for clients including Kings County Courthouse, St. Johns Child Wellness Family Care Clinic and Kaiser Permanente. His design team has worked on a submittal of a full set of construction documents for the renovation of Jordan High School and West Park Area High School. His versatility in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, AutoCAD, REVIT and Google SketchUp has contributed to his success at the DLR Group.

Tim Chen teaches the REVIT classes at IDI on eight Saturday mornings each quarter.

CRAIG WILKERSON: DESIGNING RESTAURANTSgrad-Craig-Wilkerson-t

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!


JENNIFER GOH: DESIGNING CORPORATE INTERIORSgrad-Jennifer-Goh-t
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.

Congratulations Jennifer!!!

KRISTINE HEDLEY: HISTORICAL PRESERVATIONgrad-Kristine-Hedley-t

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 HEALTHCAREgrad-Andrea-Agcaoili-t
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 SHIPSgrad-Charity-Hester-t
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.

Congratulations Charity!