Design Showcase West hosts award-winning designers from many fields of entertainment design. During the school year, acclaimed artists share their craft in master classes with UCLA students. In the spring, distinguished designers grace Design Showcase West on the UCLA campus as keynote speakers. These master artists join us virtually for 2022.
Design Showcase West Speakers
Saturday, June 4, 2022
International President of the Art Directors Guild
One of the top production designers working in cinema today, award-winning international feature and television Production Designer Nelson Coates just completed designing “Hocus Pocus 2” and is currently in prep on Season 3 of “The Morning Show” for AppleTV+. His designs for Season 2 were recently honored with an ADG Awards nomination. He earned an Emmy nomination for designing the miniseries ”Stephen King’s The Stand,” based on King’s bestseller and also received an ADG nomination for IN THE HEIGHTS, a feature adaptation of’ Lin Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical for Warner Bros. Coates' designs also recently were seen in ON THE BASIS OF SEX about the early career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her work combating gender discrimination. He was awarded the Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Award for designing the feature adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling book CRAZY RICH ASIANS, which received nominations for a Critic’s Choice Award, a Chicago Independent Film Critic’s Circle Award, and an Online Film & Television Assn. Award, among others.