Fellowship is the highest honor that ASID bestows on its members. Elevation to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of an individual designer but also elevates before the public and the profession a model interior designer who has made a significant contribution to the profession and the Society.
Fellowship may be granted to members who have shown distinction in fulfilling the criteria established by the ASID Council of Fellows. The criteria established by the Council of Fellows and the means of fulfillment through notable and outstanding achievements are detailed below. Read the criteria carefully when considering a prospective nominee's qualifications for fellowship.
Promote the excellence and advancement of interior design. Fellowship in this category may be granted to interior designers who have produced distinguished work and noteworthy design in such areas as, but not limited to, historic preservation, environmental design, lighting design, product design, adaptive reuse, etc. This may be accomplished through individual or company effort. Works submitted may be for any client, of any size and scope, and reflecting any type of interior design service.
Enhance the profession of interior design by advancing the education, training and/or practice of interior design. Fellowship in this category may be granted to interior designers who have made notable contributions through their work in the practice of interior design, education or literature. Practice of interior design includes firm management, administration, market expansion, project management and facilities management. Work in education may be teaching, research, administration or writing, and should have lasting impact, be widely recognized and provide inspiration to others in this professional field.
Provide leadership to the interior design industry and the profession of interior design. Fellowship in this category may be granted to interior designers who have actively, efficiently and cooperatively led the Society, or a related professional organization, over a sustained period of time and have gained widespread recognition for the results of their work. Examples of leadership areas include Society-level, chapter-level, legislation, NCIDQ, Council for Interior Design Accreditation or similar organizations.
Ensure the advancement of human living standards by improving interior environments, making the profession an ever-increasing social service. Fellowship in this category may be granted to interior designers who have made notable contributions through a history of community service that has resulted in a lasting impact. This committed involvement may be through alternative careers, community or public service, or through volunteer work with charitable organizations not directly connected to the interior environment. Achievements may also be of a kind that transcend the other categories to serve society or humanity in a unique and important manner.
- Preserve the health, safety and welfare of the public. Fellowship in this category may be granted to interior designers through the promotion of legislative efforts that recognize the effect of interior designers on the health, safety and welfare of the public.
The nominee must have completed 10 continuous years of professional ASID membership prior to nomination. If uncertainties exist about the period of membership, please contact the ASID Chapter Services Department at (202) 546-3480 or firstname.lastname@example.org to verify the nominee's eligibility before preparing the binder.
Achievements should include those that are national in scope and have made substantial and positive contributions to the Society and the profession of interior design. The council may also recognize a nominee's local achievements where it feels that he or she has contributed significantly to the advancement of the profession as a whole by virtue of his or her impact.
The fellowship nomination may be made in one of two ways:
By chapter (Nomination form must bear the signature of the president or president elect of the chapter.)
- By an individual ASID professional member or a Fellow (Nomination form must bear the signatures of 10 professional ASID members in good standing or five Fellows. It is the sponsor's responsibility to inform the chapter of such a nomination.)The sponsor (a term given to the individual responsible for assembling the nominee's binder) must be a professional member of ASID in good standing. Current ASID national officers, members of the ASID Board of Directors or members of the Council of Fellows (at the time of nomination) may not serve as sponsors for fellowship. However, current officers and members of the ASID Board of Directors may submit names for fellowship and ask another professional member in good standing to act as the sponsor. In the case of a chapter submission, the nominating chapter will select a single sponsor who should be a professional ASID member in good standing. The sponsor's responsibilities are further discussed below.