General Information

Real World Design Week is a program designed to encourage relationships among interior design students and their role models in the industry.

Through organized shadow day experiences hosted by practicing design professionals, Real World Design Week helps to:

  • educate future industry leaders on professional practices
  • provide networking opportunities and foster mentoring
  • sustain the interior design profession

For details on program logistics, visit the other links in this web section.

"In our media saturated times, I am grateful to be given an opportunity by the ASID to help future designers focus on design journalism and criticism during Real World Design Week. For me the stories of designers who solve complex problems stand out because they contribute to the great dialog of our time which is centered on climate change. In this context, beauty is a function of informed design decisions that consider the environment as well as the health, safety, and well-being of human beings. For this very reason, mentorship in sorting out how media connects practitioners to key ideas, to outlets for portfolio building, and to local jobs helps young designers discover the ways and means of public discourse on design, an exercise that will help them build their own careers."
Susan S. Szenasy, editor of Metropolis Magazine, past Real World Design Week spokesperson





2014 Program Partner