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The Pulse of Innovation

The latest news and updates at the Academy and in the field.

Academy graduates create a product that makes perfect scents

Developed by recent graduates Jamie Haberman and Suraya Shivji, Mello is a smart aromatherapy diffuser—with smart product design...

Academy alumni redefine real estate with Thirdspace

Co-founders Will Berman and Chris Caskey developed a new real estate business model to connect brands and pop-ups to physical spaces during their senior year at USC Iovine and Young Academy. Their latest collaboration brings Brazil-born sneakers, Cariuma, to Venice Beach where shoppers can touch, feel and wear consciously-made shoes. Here, Will and Chris share their inspiration and vision for L.A.’s urban landscape...