Space Planner/Interior Designer, Electronic Arts
The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University
Finding the right balance of technical and creative skills to complete a project on time is the most valuable lesson I learned at The Art institute of California—San Francisco. Jason Apilado , Space Planner/Interior Designer, Electronic Arts Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, 2012 , The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University
Responsible for Space Planning, Managing Design Projects, Managing Facilities Team
Jason Apilado is a space planner and interior designer for Electronic Arts (EA) in Redwood City, California. He’s responsible for space planning, managing design projects, and managing the facilities team. “A significant part of my job is to figure out how I can improve and customize the different areas through out the campus. So, I spend a lot of time away from my desk, socializing.” He checks in on projects or construction sites and brainstorms and testing out new furniture and products. On evenings and weekends, he runs a freelance design business.
“EA Games initially didn't know they needed a full time interior designer until after I showed them how they can benefit from my skills. Companies with large campuses and/or have several locations are beginning to recognize the value of having full time interior designers as well as space planners.” Jason says that having these people on staff helps a company to become more cohesive with marketing campaigns and the organization’s overall vision.
“I’m really proud of all the custom furniture I’ve designed, some of which was fun collaborations with well known designers in the Bay Area,” he says. Jason is inspired by contemporary art and fashion. “I find my self most influenced from the many adventures and eccentric people I've met around the Bay Area and my travels abroad. I'm always questioning the world around me and it often helps me form ideas & designs with a sophisticated yet playful imagination. If I had to pick a specific person that has inspired me the most, it would be interior designer Peter Marino.”
He advises current students to look for opportunities to shine and show off their skills. “Sometimes the most basic of jobs can turn out to be an opportunity to learn something new or even design something your employer may not have thought of.”
Jason, who in 2012 earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, says that his education provided the right balance of technical and creative skills. He uses those skills to complete projects on time. “[That] is the most valuable lesson I learned at The Art institute of California—San Francisco. The school also taught me how to critique my own work and how to take risks. This very valuable skill is important for a designer in order to make truly creative decisions and helps find his or her own style.”
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