NEWH San Francisco Bay Area Scholarship!

NEWH, the premier networking resource for the hospitality industry, is offering a scholarship to San Francisco Bay Area students who are enrolled full time in an Interior Design school with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA! IAD students are encouraged to apply — please see the attached file for more information on how to qualify and apply.

Application deadline is November 2, 2018.

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Thesis Students Learn in the Napa Valley


The weekend of April 21st and 22nd brought warm weather to the Bay Area, and for Capstone Coordinator, Tom Collom and his IAD 810 and 812 students it also brought extraordinary new experiences. For their thesis, IAD 810 (Concept) and IAD 812 (Programming & Space Planning) students are tasked with the challenge of envisioning a new purpose for an outdated, preexisting building  bringing it new life and purpose, addressing current design trends and the needs of  the community. After recent field trips to the Museum of Modern Art and Airbnb headquarters, Collom and his students escaped the bustling cities’ modern spaces to more rural spaces that have been restored or repurposed.


Thesis Students and Capstone Coordinator, Tom Collom, in Healdsburg, CA. Photo by Ledevina deLara.

Adventures began in Healdsburg, California, where they visited The SHED, a local food-focused community hub. The SHED houses a farm to table restaurant, market, café, fermentation bar, retail home and garden shops and multiple communal eating and meeting spaces. According to their website (, The SHED is designed to “bring [individuals] closer to the way [they] grow, prepare, and share [their] food”. IAD 812 student, Hera Chen, appreciated the level of care that seemed to be placed on everything The SHED had to offer. “The SHED was in a busy part of Healdsburg, but had a relaxed atmosphere. Everything within The SHED was locally-sourced and shared a communal and homemade type quality that felt special” (Chen).

The SHED located in Healdsburg, CA. Photo by Ledevina deLara.

Collom and students next met at Real Goods, located in Hopland, California. In 1978, Real Goods opened and sold the first retail solar panels in the United States ( Real Goods aims to support off-grid living, renewable energy, and sustainable food. Their Solar Living Center in Hopland provided a space for students to explore Real Good’s work and see sustainable living and design first hand. IAD 812 student, Ruqayah Baroudi, said she “was interested in the berm that the center had built on site to filter the adjacent highway noise and also mask with white noise with a running water stream in order to connect to the nature of the site” (Baroudi). Located on land that was previously used as landfill for the California Department of Transportation, “Real Good’s Solar Living Center serves as the ultimate example of how a space can be transformed, repurposed and made better than before.” (Collom).

Real Good’s Sustainable Living Center in Hopland, CA. Photo by Ledevina deLara.

Students enjoying Real Good’s Sustainable Living Center atmosphere in Hopland, CA. Photo by Ledevina deLara.

Finally, Collom and the students travelled to St. Helena, California, where they saw many old farm and agricultural buildings that have been both restored and repurposed. St. Helena ( is known as “Napa Valley’s Main Street” with restaurants, cafes, art galleries, shops, and more. Most of the buildings that now house these amenities are historical buildings that have been restored and repurposed in order to address new needs and create a strong sense of community for the Napa Valley.

Students reflected on their getaway as an experience that really centered their design aesthetics and helped them in approaching their thesis project from a holistic lens. Students said they visited many sites that offered great examples of current design industry trends. Primarily, students saw a great emphasis on a balance and relationship between nature and design, sustainable design, all with a strong focus on communal design, and successful examples of restoration and repurposing. Collom said that both “[him] and the students had an amazing time and [he] looks forward to providing more experiential opportunities for IAD students” (Collom).

Thesis Students and Capstone Coordinator, Tom Collom, at Real Good’s Sustainable Living Center in Hopland, CA. Photo by Ledevina deLara.

MAS Design Gets Best of Houzz Awards – Design & Service 2018



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California Preservation Foundation Presents..

2018 Annual Preservation Conference – Student Abstract Competition

General Details

The California Preservation Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018 Call for Student Papers to be presented at the California Preservation Foundation’s annual conference, entitled, “Deep Roots in Dynamic Times,” at the Sheraton of Palo Alto from May 17 – 20, 2018.

  • Selected students will present a topic at the “On the Cutting Edge: Students in Preservation Share their Research” session
  • The full session is scheduled for May 18, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM.
  • Up to five students will be selected to present their papers at the conference
  • Each selected student will be awarded a travel grant of $400, thanks to a generous gift from Liz’s Antique Hardware and an anonymous donor.

The California Preservation Foundation is accepting abstracts no later than Monday, February 19, 2018 for a session presentation in one of the following themes (though these themes are meant only to be suggestive, and your session is not required to fit into them):

  • Documentation and Reality capture in preservation
  • Advocacy and Grassroots Efforts
  • Resiliency
  • Sustainability
  • Cultural Landscapes
  • Striving for a Diverse and Inclusive Preservation
  • Gentrification, mansionization, displacement
  • Preservation planning tools or techniques
  • Intangible Cultural Resources
  • Public History
  • Preservation Practice
  • Materials and Conservation Methods
  • Modernism, Postmodernism and the Challenges of Preservation for Certain Eras of Construction

Your proposal should share, describe, or include a more focused analysis of historic preservation topics.

  • Which projects have you worked on that hold promise as useful historic preservation tools or practices for community engagement?
  • How do you think Historic Preservation, as a discipline, can approach issues such as mansionization, gentrification, displacement, sustainability, economic development, and protection of heritage in low-income communities, the LGBTQ community, or communities of color.
  • How can historic preservation engage youth?
These are suggestive topics, but feel free to submit your proposal for consideration if it fits into the field of historic preservation.

IIDA Student Design Competition

student design competition 2017
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The Competition

The Student Design Competition celebrates the talent and fresh design ideas of interior design students throughout the world who are currently enrolled in an interior design program or institution. The competition provides emerging professionals the opportunity to showcase their work and gain exposure in the Interior Design industry

Academy of Art Alumni Wins 1st Place at International Art Exhibit


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Artist and interior designer Marcio Decker wins international art award


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Florence Biennale Recognizes Artist for piece, ‘Vanishing Mutualism’


TRUCKEE, Calif. – (Oct. 24, 2017) – The Florence Biennale, a renowned international art exhibit, recently awarded first-place recognition in the mixed media category to Marcio Decker, Decker Fine Arts and co-owner of Truckee, Calif. based Aspen Leaf Interiors. Decker was the only artist representing the U.S. to be recognized.

The Biennale is a contemporary art exhibit held every other year in Florence, Italy, that gathers hundreds of artists from all over the world to display their works. The finalists whose works were on exhibit and competing for Best of Show accolades were selected from over 3,000 nominated and reviewed artists; their works were hosted in the Spadolini Pavilion of the historic Fortezza da Basso in Florence for 10 days

Begun in 1997, the Biennale promotes cross-cultural dialogue through art as an independent showcase for contemporary art. An international jury composed of critics, museum directors and scholars selects winners in a variety of art categories. Themed eARTh – Creativity & Sustainability, the XI Florence Biennale was held from Oct. 6-15 and hosted 462 artists from 70 countries.

Decker’s piece, “Vanishing Mutualism,” was awarded first place in the mixed media category. The work is a triptych, with three panels of collages that incorporates acrylic paint and photographs, backlit by LED lights. The panels depict abstracted selfies of the artist and his friends that become more flat and monochromatic with each successive panel, with the final panel depicting a dissipating, barren desert-like environment, suggesting a future void of the necessary harmony between man and nature.

“The piece is inspired by the pact that should exist between humans and nature,” said Decker. “It poses the question, ‘can we go back to where we were before?’”

“It is a human work pretending to be digital in order to catch the eye of the viewer and build a connection,” explained Emanuela Catalano, an Italian art critic and historian who viewed the piece.

In addition to his painting and mixed media artwork, Decker is the co-founder of acclaimed interior design company, Aspen Leaf Interiors, based in Truckee, Calif. His art and design work “walk together,” as he says, often influencing and building upon each other. Decker’s works of art are sometimes even purchased by home owners for whom he is designing their home.

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About Marcio Decker: The Brazilian-born artist and interior designer studied fine arts in Brazil and Colombia before moving to the Reno/Tahoe area in 2000 and ultimately attending the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he received a master’s degree in interior architecture and design. Decker enjoys abstract painting, curating artworks for private collections and shows, as well as spending time at Lake Tahoe with his family and two Yorkshire Terriers. Visit Decker Fine Arts for more information on his art or Aspen Leaf Interiors for details about his interior design firm or call 775-342-3477.


Congratulations, Marcio!

Studio Coupar is Hiring

Studio Coupar is hiring!

1. Studio Intern
2. Design Assistant
3. Interior Designer
4. Project Manager

Please use this link to review opening positions + job descriptions (scroll down to the Careers portion) – Send resumes to

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Become LEED Accredited

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training

When: November 7th 2017 – 6:00PM to 10:00 PM

Where: UC Berkeley – Dwinelle Hall – Room 215


Want to get involved in sustainability? Opportunities are plentiful and LEED is at the forefront!

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. Buildings can become LEED Certified as can people! The LEED Green Associate is the only professional designation to show employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field.


To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 8000 students pass their respective exam at a 100% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition and is geared at allowing students to graduate with letters after their name!


This course meets the exam’s eligibility requirements and the USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can be taken at any time at your nearest Prometric center. Save money by reserving your spot today and make a positive difference in your career!


Early-Bird Cost: $300 ($200 for full time students)

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