International architectural and interior designer Fernando deMoraes, who
has inspired new visions for the world's most prominent luxury hotel
chains, created lavish homes for royal families and shares this
expertise as an instructor at UCLA
Extension, will be the featured speaker and special honoree at
Extension's annual certificate graduation ceremony on Friday, June 27,
at Royce Hall.
International Designer Fernando deMoraes will be the 2014 commencement speaker at UCLA Extension in Los Angeles, CA (Photo: Business Wire)
The ceremony highlights strong enrollments in certificate programs
(online and classroom) at UCLA Extension as working professionals
realize the extra tools required to propel their careers, remain current
in today's "new economy" or to transition to new employment paths.
"Today's economy requires individuals to be creative thinkers with the
latest knowledge and insights to advance their company's objectives and
their own career goals," said Wayne Smutz, Dean of UCLA Extension and
Continuing Education. "In many ways, Fernando deMoraes represents the
spirit of innovation and transformation we empower."
For the past 20 years deMoraes has been president of Creative Resource
Associates (CRA), an interior design firm based in Woodland Hills
specializing in high-end hospitality and residential assignments, with
satellite offices in the United Arab Emirates and Brazil.
Today, deMoraes is responsible for the design and management of several
flagship properties for the Marriott, Hyatt, Westin, and The Ritz
Carlton hotel chains. His work has taken him all over the orld,
including building projects in the Middle East, Asia, and South
America. Besides designing luxury hotels, deMoraes has created lavish
homes for celebrities in his native Brazil and designed projects for
several members of the royal family in the Middle East.
In addition to his teaching position at UCLA Extension, deMoraes is an
active member of the UCLA Architectural and Interior Design Guidance
Committee and is responsible for the culminating thesis class in the
combined master's degree program offered jointly by UCLA Extension and
Cal Poly Pomona. Twice deMoraes has been awarded Extension's
"outstanding instructor" designation.
He is a certificate holder from the UCLA Extension Architecture
and Interior Design program and a graduate of the Southern
California Institute of Architecture with a bachelor's degree in
Continuing Education a Critical Choice
Mr. deMoraes' speech before Extension certificate graduates will arrive
at a time when professionals in California, the United States and around
the globe continue to realize lingering impacts from the "new economy"
created out of the last recession. As recent studies
and news reports have shown, white-collar jobs continue to shift toward
health care, business and professional services, and IT.
"Companies are expanding and hiring, and they are looking for
well-qualified candidates," Smutz said. "UCLA Extension provides the
most up-to-date instruction from world-class instructors, who are
industry experts. Our students develop smart skills and knowledge
through their certificate studies and remain competitive, as a result."
This year's certificate graduation ceremony also spotlights the upcoming centennial
for UCLA (1919-2019) and UCLA Extension (1917-2017).
Follow the graduation ceremony via Twitter #UCLAxGrad2014, with
livestreaming on YouTube.
About UCLA Extension
UCLA Extension is the continuing education division of the University of
California at Los Angeles. UCLA Extension offers evening, weekend, and
online courses and certificates for professionals in business,
management, engineering, information systems, entertainment studies,
public policy, public health, the humanities and many other fields. Find
out more at uclaextension.edu.
Follow UCLA Extension on Twitter @UCLAExtension, on Facebook
and other social media channels.
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