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                Graduate – BA (Hons) In Interior Design Fakhri Ibrahim Travadi Fakhri completed the HND  in Interior Design and Interior Architecture with us here at The Design Ecademy. He then went on to successfully complete the final top up year to gain a BA (Hons) in Interior Design with our Educational Partners. The knowledge I gained while pursuing HND helped me step my feet in self-employment, I recently completed a Bachelors degree & I look forward to doing masters in interior design and develop my work in the further. Fakhri now has his own Interior Design business in Kuwait servicing both residential and commercial clients. Have a look at one of his major projects Krushna Kumarsinhji Town Hall in Bhavnagar City. Below is the story about my academic and professional journey :-   After finishing my school, I enrolled for a bachelor of commerce course. Myself being an artist, it was a wrong choice for me and thus I left the degree in between and enrolled for a 2 years  certified course in 3D animation in advance cinematic. I thoroughly enjoyed it and finished it with a top grade from a private institute in India. Due to family needs and requirements, I left India and came to Kuwait to live with my parents. After arriving to Kuwait I immediately found a job as a 3d Visualizer in an interior designing firm in year 2005, since then I was being associated with several architects and interior designers and rendered their vision by producing realistic 3d views for interior/exterior.   During this period, I developed a keen interest in interior designing and decided to educate myself in it. I had planned to take a break from work and go to India to pursue my further studies but then over the internet I found about The Design Ecademy and after evaluating its credibility I decided to purse a distance learning program, HND in Interior designing. By not disturbing my professional life, it gave me an opportunity to study on my own pace and at my convenient time. I dedicatedly finished HND, learnt a great deal of designing knowledge with the help academy manuals and and the very supporting tutors who were always prompt to reply my queries. On the completion of HND my job status increased and  I was promoted to the position of Interior Designer. After being employed for a while as an Interior Designer, I decided to go on my own and be a self employed interior designer. The knowledge I gained while pursuing HND and the PR which I built during my work tenure, helped me step my feet in self employment.  Initially I only did designing projects but then gradually I started to deliver design and built jobs and formed a team of contractors. In year 2015, I enrolled for a Bachelors degree which I recently completed. At present, I employ 2 administration staff and a team of labors for the site work and run a designing firm in Kuwait with the name of IDC-Interior Design Consultants www.i-designconsultants.com I feel proud and I am thankful to my creator for this opportunity bestowed upon me. As a future plan, I look forward to do masters in interior design and develop my work more further. Krushna Kumarsinhji Town Hall in Bhavnagar City Restaurant Conversion Project ( Click on images below to bring you to view Fakhri BA project...

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Mira Hage Why are you studying interior design? Studying Interior Design has always been a dream to me. I am a Law graduate but my love for design led me to start working as an assistant at an architectural firm. From then on, I tiptoed into the design world through 9 years of experience until I finally was able to start studying Interior Design and I chose The Design Ecademy… What made you choose The Design Ecademy ? I conducted an extensive online research to find the suitable school for interior design. I chose The Design Ecademy for the following reasons: 1- Accredited HND program by Pearson and Edexel 2- Online HND program to suit my free time 3- Affordable in comparison to other online schools 4- Online assistance available upon entering the website 5- Very helpful team ready to answer all questions and concerns from the first time I contacted them What part of the court you like best? I enjoyed the whole course but mostly the ones that dealt with Mood Boards, Interior Design Styles and Walls & Floor finishes...

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  The Design Ecademy Project student winner  multiple ASID awards Two 1st Place Awards Plus Best in Competition Maryland, – HND student Laurence Meyer has won multiple interior design awards in the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) annual student competition. Laurence who has completed the first part of her HND with The Design Ecademy scooped 1st in Residential Interior Design, 1st in Commercial Interior Design and Best in Competition. The award ceremony took place at the end of September and was sponsored by Home & Design Magazine USA. She received the highest score out of all entries for the Residential Design/Suburban Show-­Home Project and was the only participant to receive two First Place Awards “I am now even more convinced that I have chosen the right school! I really appreciate that you want the Design Ecademy to be a leading-edge online programme but at the same time, you ensure that it is also a traditional school. I can see that even if you do not know your online students personally, you really care for them and you want them to succeed. It certainly motivates me to continue to do my best.” Laurence Meyer, The Design Ecademy’s Principal Maria Flynn, praised Laurence’s work and said she believes Laurence is clearly on her way to great things. We really do our best to make our courses effective but nothing can be achieved without the students applying themselves. Laurence has achieved excellent results and the work she has produced on the Higher National Diploma course shows her passion, creativity and the willingness to work hard and achieve the best outcome she can. I sincerely commend Laurence and we are all so pleased that one of our students achieved external recognition by winning this ASID competition. Laurence Meyer, a recent graduate of our HND in Interior Design & Interior Architecture has won several accolades since studying with The Design Ecademy. The awards she won all featured projects created for her HND qualification. (If you are thinking about working as interior design in the USA you would need to study our HND program in interior design and interior architecture course also let you know you can also to let you know you can top up on final year of the BA program in interior design parties to the HND program.   Design Ecademy Student Wins at the Hospitality Design Awards in New York Laurence Meyer has won a string of awards for her work undertaken as part of her HND in Interior Design & Interior Architecture.   Laurence Meyer has won a string of awards for her work undertaken as part of her HND in Interior Design & Interior Architecture. Her latest accolade was winner at The Hospitality Design Awards in New York in May this year.  Laurence presented her restaurant concept, MéditerranéO, completed for her HND with The Design Ecademy – and won the student project award. Laurence’s HND Project and Winner of Hospitality Design Awards  Laurence’s work has featured in the June copy of Hospitality Design magazine – click on the image below to see her feature on page 112. MéditerranéO “Peace of mind and calm is what people will find when they eat at MéditerranéO: a space filled with natural light and the relaxing sound of water flowing from the fountain...

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    “I am glad I did my Interior Design & Architecture training with The Design Ecademy, I have learnt more than I ever imagined to learn from an online course.”   What made you choose The Design Ecademy ? After searching through many online interior design courses and getting accepted at Canberra University into Interior Architecture, I came across The Design Ecademy. I was drawn by the course format as it is in-depth and practical in the skills required to practice interior design. Each assignment promoted research and learning AND allowed me to thoroughly explore my creativity. Being an online course, it allowed me to apply my skills as I was studying and run my business at the same time. Additionally, this flexibility of study taught me project management skills as I needed to plan my study time and stick to it in order to ensure that I got maximum benefit from each assignment while completing them in a timely manner.   What part of the course you like best? I thoroughly enjoyed the entire course and learnt more than I had anticipated. I particularly enjoyed learning about colour, history of interior design as well as learning new drawing and rendering skills. The drawing and rendering assignments were new challenges that pushed me more than any other part of the course, but I learned invaluable skills. If I had to re-do a course in interior design, I would do it with The Design Ecademy 100 times over.   Why are you studying interior design? For as long as I can remember, interior design had always been the one field that I was deeply passionate about and it completely resonated with me. Initially after high school, I was studying accounting, but, two years into my course, I dropped it as I hated every minute of it. I started my own small painting business and found so much joy and fulfilment helping people select colours. As customer requests started growing into design consultations, I decided to pursue my true passion and learn how to design spaces that are aesthetically appealing yet functional. Warm Regards   Stella...

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  Why did you choose  to study with The Design Ecademy ? I chose The Design Ecademy for several reasons. First and foremost I needed a program that could work around my schedule. It was also very helpful that I was able to do this from the comfort of my own home.  This was especially good considering I have a full-time job, a son, three dogs, a partner, and two homes that I maintain. My schedule needs to be flexible and the more I am able to be based out of my home the better. In addition to this, I did some research on Maria and found that she is a specialist on color, she even wrote a book on this.  I pride myself on having a really good eye for color, always have.  I think this will be one of my specialities when working with clients. Choosing color is one of my favorite parts of the process. So, in finding out that Maria is all about “Color” I knew it was meant to be. Lastly, I would have to say that I needed a more relaxed atmosphere, one where I could focus on being as creative as I could be and it not being a competition. I already have the creativity in me, always have, I just needed a program where I could learn how to channel that into working with actual clients. I found everything I needed at The Design Ecademy.   What part of the course do you like best? I would have to say that my favorite part thus far is getting to work with Maria herself.  Maria is a pleasure to learn from, and she is very supportive and encouraging – getting us to think outside the box.  I feel that she has really opened her up arms to welcome us all to the course and her main goal is to make US successful…and that goes a long way. I would have to say one of the best parts of the course is being able to take what we have learned from a lesson and apply it to paper. After I did my first drawing, which I was scared to death to do, I was hooked…I wanted to draw more.  Something I’d always loved doing – I would now be able to do all the time…and the best part of it is getting paid for it.   Why are you studying interior design? Growing up in the Midwest of the United States I was told that I needed to pursue a career that would earn me a lot of money, enough to support a family.  It was always ingrained in me that my art should be nothing more than a hobby. While working full-time in sales I designed a line of bags that were featured in InStyle Magazine. I also tried my hand at making jewelry…which I still make today.  However, it was not until I worked on three different home design projects that I got the Interior Design “bug”. Working with a contractor on the last project where I took a small balcony, doubled the space, and turned it into a home office – I finally realized my calling. I will never forget what the contractor on that job told me, he is very successful...

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“Embarking on this design journey with The Design Ecademy is one of the best decisions I have ever taken. The course has surpassed my expectations in every single way.” I chose The Design Ecademy  because the courses are accredited and offer a lot of flexibility which is crucial for me. The content is amazing – very well structured, very practical and down to the point. The workload is serious, and the work is challenging. What I like most about this course is that it gives me all the practical skills and knowledge I need to work as a designer, but I don’t feel it is superficial in any way– I am constantly reminded of the depth and all the amazing possibilities this field offers. I also love my tutor – she is incredibly knowledgeable, generous and supportive. Her encouragement has been a lifesaver at times, when the work gets really challenging. (Truthfully I hadn’t drawn a thing in my life before I enrolled and I have a natural aversion to geometry, so I might find it more challenging than most). I am so happy that I get to push my boundaries and learn and get better every day, I don’t want to imagine my life without it. And I humbly admit that I have already started getting professional design work (outside of friends and family). I am now in the beginning of my second year and really look forward to seeing where this journey will take me. I haven’t always known that I have a passion for interior design, in fact it came into my life through serendipity. When I was starting my first business some years ago I noticed that I was paying much more attention to every little detail of the interior of the place, instead of focusing on other “more important” aspects of the business. The pattern repeated with my subsequent ideas and by that point, I knew that interior design is something that I am really curious about. I felt that it is a “language” I wanted to be fluent in, but I was lacking the tools, so I decided to do something about it.  ...

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“I love everything about this course.” I chose the Design Ecademy because I wanted to study through distance learning to fit into my life and schedule. Working full-time means I am restricted to studying evening and weekends only so needed something that would fit around that. I visited a well-known interior design institute website to see which courses and providers they endorsed and that’s when I found The Design Ecademy. There were very few other organizations I could find which offered a recognized qualification rather than just a ‘certificate’ or similar. The fact that the course would be run by the principal was an incredible opportunity to draw on the experience and knowledge of a professional in the field, rather than just a university tutor. I decided to study interior design as part of a career change. I have always loved beautiful homes, fabrics, ornaments, paintings, colours, wallpapers etc. And I love picking out things to make my house a home. I’ve always wanted a creative career but wasn’t sure I could get a job in interior design without experience or a qualification. It sounds really cheesy, but I love everything about this course. The combination of technical (i.e. floor plans, elevation, measurements etc) and creative topics (e.g. mood boards, rendering, colour) is the perfect mix for me. I am the kind of person that needs variety and this course has it in bucket loads. It’s a challenge to keep up with the assignments as well as working full time but it never really feels like work. There is so much more to interior design than I ever imagined and I love finding out more and more about it...

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What made you choose The Design Ecademy? I was looking into options that would help me study interior design while balancing out my other studies (my days are packed ;)) and heard about The Design Ecademy through a friend. After enquiring about it (and driving the school nuts with all my questions:) I decided that it would be perfect for me to study without giving up my daily schedule. I’ve always been interested in anything with Creativity. Anything. From a young age, I literally would try to create anything I could get my hands on. From cartons to twigs. Great times…:) and as I grew older I got very into taking in the details surrounding me. And having an interest in architecture was born! My mums an Architect/Interior Designer and she’s always believed in my creativity and with much encouragement has led me into the world of design and here I am!...

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Ria Thompson, Runner Up in the ASID #MakeYour40 Contest     In March, I became a student member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) as a Design Ecademy student studying HND in Interior Design and Interior Architecture. Soon thereafter, there was an invitation from ASID to design a ’40’ using physical and/or digital materials for their 40th anniversary. It was instant inspiration for me and I produced and submitted mine the same afternoon I saw the call for entries.   The story behind the image: These are my real life drafting tools (scale ruler, triangle, drawing pen, magnifying glass lamp) that I have been using and continue to use for my Design Ecademy school assignments. The floor plan seen behind the lamp is one of the actual drawings that were part of my final project for Stage 1 of the HND course.   I placed all items onto a white board on my drafting table and played around with the setup for a little while that afternoon. I experimented with different lighting/shading and various arrangement adjustments, and it was not long before I had a winner image out of about 80 photographs that I took. A few photo corrections later, a simple frame, and the final version was ready for submission. I titled it “A Tribute to the Tactile Tools” to honour the tried-and-true physical means to design that continue to be in use along with the massive digitalization of each and every way that we work and create in the present day.   This was my first attempt at a contest of this kind, and it was an exciting ride. Along the way, I received a lot of support and encouragement from my communities, including the Ecademy Facebook group, and I am trilled to have been announced a runner up among the winners. I am very grateful to all who helped make this possible and to ASID for providing this inspiring opportunity to the creative crowd.   Thank you, and I am truly looking forward to even more exciting possibilities as I continue with the second stage of my study while building and expanding my portfolio – which is one of the greatest advantages given to students of the Design Ecademy allowed by the unique way the school’s courses are designed.   ASID #MakeYour40 Contest WWW Links   Contest on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ASID7/app_451684954848385   Featured on the ASID website:...

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  People looked at me strangely when I told them that as an interior design student, I was going to take an internship as a field engineer in commercial construction. It wasn’t glamorous or even hands on design. In fact, it was dirty, noisy and long hours on my feet. But I thought I would make some money (really important for any full-time student) and hopefully make some contacts with the architects and designers. What I got was a great opportunity to work on the Trip Advisor World Headquarters and an invaluable education in organizational culture, process, expectations and what really happens when design meets construction. Multi-purpose space                                                                    Dining Area                                                                                   Forum Meeting Area   When I began my internship, the construction company had just sealed the exterior of the building and was ready to begin the interior work on the six story, 290,000 square foot, Trip Advisor world headquarters. The job timeline was very aggressive, with just under six months to complete all the remaining work before the move in date. I spent the first few months adjusting to a dangerous work place and rough culture. My primary responsibilities were to read and mark up plans to track and report back on work status. In a short time though, I had proven myself and was building relationships with the contactors and working to ensure that work was completed on time. When word got out that I was a 20 year Information Technology veteran, I found myself with even more responsibility. All of a sudden I was working with site management to roll out and implement an electronic punch list application and process to streamline procedures and manage a huge task in a short amount of time. It was great, I became the point of contact for the construction staff, architects, designers and contractors for everything punch list. It gave me great insight to the work in progress and challenges facing all of the participants on the job. The construction and design processes were very dynamic, with RFIs and change bulletins issued daily and weekly. Despite the vast experience of both a highly respected and proficient construction company and a decidedly accomplished design firm, sometimes the job site was just simply controlled chaos. In short, anything could and did go wrong. I learned very quickly that the challenges on the Trip Advisor job are a normal part of the design and construction process. Necessary changes in construction of a space result in conflicts with the design specifications. Designers make changes during construction that can and will affect execution and timelines. Communication between the designers and the construction company (and their subcontractors), accurately updated plans and drawings and an on-going negotiation of expectations are essential to the successful execution of beautiful design completed on time and on budget. As aspiring interior designers, we all have the potential, at some point in our careers, to work with contractors and construction professionals. It is important to understand that the designer’s priorities are likely not perfectly aligned with those of the construction company and the subcontractors may have yet another set of priorities altogether. To prepare ourselves we need to develop and maintain good project management skills. They are essential. Additionally, we...

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