Plans and Goals

As I light my scented candle and play my favorite Pandora station, I began to think more about my career. Something about watching a Netflix documentary that lightly sparks up my creativity, no matter what type of documentary it is, for some reason it only leads me to think about one major thing, my life long dream to become an Interior Designer. Thinking of being the best Interior Designer is a little too competitive for me, because I honestly believe that many can be equally amazing and that depends on their passion for it. I don’t want to be the best one, I just want to be great at what I do and love it. Yes, it’s cliche, but for some people finding that love in a career is a big part of why they are happy in life.

I’ve had many thoughts about what I can’t do and what I can do. As human beings everyone has their ways of best picking up information or in other words learning. I’ve learned in the past years that I’ve been in High School/ College ( I have been in college for quite some time now that you would think I would have a doctorates with all the time I spent in college) that my best way of learning an information is doing a physical activity or is also known as Kinesthetic learning juxtaposed to auditory, visual and read-write learners. I personally think knowing the more predominant style for your learning abilities could help out with finding your strength as a professional in Interior Design.

Anyway enough of my own philosophy. Here is my goal and my plan to reach that goal to become an Interior Designer.

Goal: Pass IDEX to become a certified Interior Designer

Plan: 2 years program in Ohlone College for the certificate.

The program

Requirements for Certificate of Achievement:

a) Complete Major Field courses as indicated below.
b) Complete at least six units at Ohlone College.
c) Maintain a 2.0 grade point average in Major Field Courses.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Identify, analyze, and evaluate design criteria and synthesize appropriate and creative design solutions.
2. Develop graphic, written, and verbal communication skills to illustrate design ideas and processes.


ART-104B 3D Design 3
ART-104C Color 3
ART-106A Descriptive Drawing 3
ART-108 Perspective Drawing 3
ID/ART-150A Interior Design Concepts 3
ID/ART-150B Interior Design 3
ID/ART-151 Visualization and Presentation 3
ID/ART-153 History of Decorative Arts 3
ID/ART-154 Contemporary Home Design OR 2
ID/ART-159A Applied Design: Residential Lighting AND (1)
ID/ART-159B Applied Design: Color for the Home (1)
ID/ART-155A Architectural Drafting for Interior Design 3
ID/ART-155B CAD for Interior Design 3
ID/ART-156 Architectural Modelmaking for Interior Design 3
ID/ART-157 Professional Practice for Interior Design 3
ID/ART-158 Textiles 3

ART-103A Survey of World Art History -Prehistoric Through 1300 C.E. OR 4
ART-103B Survey of World Art History-14th Century Through 20th Century (4)

Total Required Units: 45


After I have achieved getting a certificate and be more confident in what I know, I will apply for internships and find an organization that I can be passion about.



Deborah Ogden

One of the speakers that we had this semester was Deborah Ogden.

Her background:

  • Served on the IDEX Exam Task Force for developing the IDEX Exam
  • Past Director on the statewide Board of Directors for the California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC)
  • Award-winning 29-year design-industry veteran
  • Interior Design Instructor at Ohlone College
  • Owner/Principal Designer, Ogden Studio Interior Design
  • NCIDQ-certificate-holder, a CID, and a member of IFDA and NKBA
  • Served as Committee-member, panelist/guest speaker for the Student Career Forum and IFDA/ASID Resource Fair Committee
  • Certification guest-lecturer, representing CCIDC, to college level interior design students

When Deborah Ogden came to class she had an enthusiasm to her voice and what she talked about. I think that itself is a great way to tell someone’s passion, that they have enthusiasm in their presence.

Her Lecture was not about the glamor of  being an interior designer but rather the “behind the scenes” part of being an interior designer.

She talked about the qualifications to become certified ID which is also available to view on

1. Apply for Certification and the IDEX California® exam under one of the paths below:






Path #1: You are a student with 2 years of education or, You are an interior designer with more than 5 but less than 8 years work experience.

Under Path #1 you are Eligible to take IDEX California®. After passing the IDEX California®, you will still need to meet one of the four categories
(A), (B), (C), or (D) to be approved as a CID.






Path #2: You are an interior designer and meet one of the four categories
A, B, C, or D

(A) He or she is a graduate of a four or five-year accredited interior design degree program, and has two years of diversified interior design experience.

(B) He or she has completed a three-year accredited interior design certificate program, and has completed three years of diversified interior design experience.

(C) He or she has completed a two-year accredited interior design program and has completed four years of diversified interior design experience.

(D) He or she has at least eight years of interior design education, or at least eight years of diversified interior design experience, or a combination of interior design education and diversified interior design experience that together total at least eight years.




Visit to Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco

Autodesk Gallery was a fun place to visit. I enjoyed everything from the Lego Dinosaur to the small little projects for sustainability. What I did like the most was this structure like flower. Why I liked it was because Amily Huang mentioned this digital flower as an inspiration to build a building and also  the function of  the flower in its reality can be applied to the building as well.

As soon as she mentioned that I started to think about nature and how awesome nature can be if that was our inspiration. For one nature has been here a lot longer than us so the functions of nature is something we should follow, not fight against with. 





Visit to PG&E Center in San Francisco

PG&E was a surprisingly enjoyable field trip, I wasn’t as excited as knowing that in this class Arch 100 with Amily Huang we were going to Gensler one of the top architecture firm, but this place was delightful.

At first we had a lecture about all types of lighting. There was so many in that room, that if it was all lite it would probably be brighter than the sun.




light bulb

This light bulb stood out to me the most because I have never seen one this huge.

I learned how important lighting is to create an ambiance.


"the light room"

The two rooms that lighting can be changed and compared at the same time.

The lighting was changed several times to make different hues in the room or even make the skin look a certain color. I think this can be applied in movie sets.






Designing Green

In class about a week or two ago we discussed about sustainability and how important it is to design green.

These are the basic principles for designing green.

  • Build small, because it is still beautiful
  • East and West axis placement
  • South-facing glazing, reducing glazing on north and west sides

Overhangs overhangs

  • Thermal mass inside building envelope
  • High insulation values
  • Open airways to promote internal circulation
  • Tight construction to reduce air infiltration
  • Day lighting
  • Invest in any energy saving features
  • Make green more transparent


These are some homes that I think fit in the description of basic principles for designing green.

new zealand

Industrial container home in New Zealand


The “it” house in


Lighthouse, UK’s First Zero-Emission, Carbon Neutral Home

There are more green houses in this site, where I found these images above.

For me I think building a green homes is crucial to our planet, Our population is growing and in a rapid phase. The more we create a NOT so green homes the more we are hurting ourselves and the especially the planet. Also, just being aware of materials and things we buy can help us consume less stuff. I also ran across this video about consumption of “stuff” and I think it is a must see video for everyone ( If everyone would just be more conscious about buying  less stuff in general it would create a  movement and people would start to incorporate it in building green homes.






Gensler In San Francisco

The visit to Gensler in San Francisco I thought was very inspiring. There is something about stepping foot in an actual Architecture Firm that sparks my imagination.

This would be my first time going inside an actual firm.

When you walk into Gensler, you are greeted by this heavy, but beautiful detailed doubled doors. You take the elevator up to the 2nd floor and it opens up to a big open space facing the windows (images is below). This area is very warm and welcoming with fresh flowers.It has a light feeling because of the different elements being used on furnitures such as wood, metal designed to look like branches that separates what looks like a dining table from the kitchenette.



Walking to the office space of Gensler seems like a set on a movie. People working on their projects on the computer and office desks There are sketches, charts, plans scattered on tables  and on the walls, but in an organized manner if that makes sense. There were also people inside a room with glass walls having a small meeting. It was surreal seeing all these designers and architect doing the work I would someday like to be doing. 


This photo below is a small cubical, I think it is a space for an individual to do some work, when they want a more private and quite area. Although it does not look like a place that is quite area because of the opening and open top, it is surprisingly quite once you step foot and sit on the comfy office chair. I think the reason for that is the material that was used. The red material felt very thick and somewhat hairy.


Overall it was a great and inspiring field trip for me because it gave me an insight of what designers and architects work place looks like.

Elements of a City

There are many elements of a city but in this particular blog, it will be about paths, edges, districts, nodes and landmarks.

Paths, come in many different scale and design. For me paths can be a lot of fun if its is very detailed such as the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco. Paths that are detailed make the “journey” to the destination interesting and enjoyable to the eye. In most  cases it can be very inspiring.



Edges are views or pathways, but it is also meant to separate.


This image shows the edge where separation happens with the street and the water.



I think Treasure Island is one example of an Edge when it comes to a city element because it is an Island surrounded with edges and views.

A District is a way to categories a cities area of distinct characteristics, for example in San Francisco there are 25 districts which include:

Financial District– also known as the big corporation district, such as Gap, Charles Schwab and many more. The Fisherman’s Wharf a magnet to tourists, have all types of restaurants, from big chain companies like Rainforest Cafe to small vendors offering fresh catch of the day.

Nodes are places to obtain a certain information. A place to find out where to go from one place to another,  such as Train Station and Bart Station. It can also be Bus stops.



This bus stop caught my attention because of how it was designed to look like a a small cottage with wicker chairs and a soft yellow background. It would definitely stand out in San Francisco.


Landmarks are distinct places in a city  that are recognized by many people of the city and other people looking for leisure time. For example, in Fremont everyone knows where Mission Peak is and it is also now known to others because of a particular landmark. There are many trails leading up to this landmark, but once you get there you know you have reached all the way to the top. I would describe it at as a finish line. Once you get to the top you take a picture by the Pole for memory or to post on media and show to your friends that  you have accomplished Mission Peak.



Writing Elements of a City blog, made me think and look at a places a lot more different than I use to. I also thought about the architects and the designers that created a building or something that I have never noticed.Now, I’m more aware of Nodes, Districts, Paths, Edges and Landmarks. I took a stroll down Hayes Valley one day and started seeing  all  the elements that was mentioned. I know  It plays such a big part in creating and organizing a City.