ASID National Awards


The ASID Awards represent the Society’s highest level of professional recognition. The awards primarily recognize a body of work created over the course of a career rather than a specific member achievement. However, institutions, corporations and patrons may be recognized for specific exemplary projects or product innovation.

“This year’s recipients include Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, an interior designer who represents excellence in the profession at all levels, and Dr. Caren Martin, whose unwavering commitment to elevate the profession knows no limits,” said Sandy Gordon, ASID National Chair. ”I am so pleased we will come together as an industry to celebrate their accomplishments”

The 2016 ASID National Award winners are are:

Designer of

Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED Fellow

Rachelle Schoessler Lynn was named an ASID Designer of Distinction in honor of her great passion for the practice and profession of interior design. She has held various positions, from Director – Workplace Studio at LHB to her current position as Senior Associate at MSR. She is a national leader in sustainable design innovation. Leading interdisciplinary project teams through an integrative process, she encourages sustainable design thinking from project conception through building occupancy. Examples of her work in this area include the Phillips Green Institute (a LEED pilot project), Norman Pointe II (the first LEED-certified project in Minnesota), the Red Stag Supperclub (the state’s first LEED-certified restaurant), and The Weidt Group’s office (certified LEED EBOM Platinum).

Nancy Vincent
McClelland Merit

Caren S. Martin, Ph.D., CID, FASID

With over 20 years of tireless advocacy for the interior design profession, Caren S. Martin serves as a tenured associate professor of interior design, has served on the Minnesota Interior Design Legislative Action Committee, and has been the interior design representative on the state's licensing board. Dr. Martin has co-authored three Interior Design Body of Knowledge studies, all of which support the professionalization of interior design.

Design for

Dwell with Dignity

Dwell with Dignity (DWD) works on having a positive impact on the lives of poverty-stricken families; they have given many homeless individuals hope and a sense of self-sufficiency. DWD leverages local volunteers and donors from the design community to furnish homes with donated furniture, art, bedding, kitchen supplies, and food. They also partner with agencies that provide distressed families counseling, training, and support.


The Garrison by Stacklab and Rebart

Partnering firms Stacklab and Rebart procured two tonnes of rebar from the former Garrison Bridge during its demolition in early 2015 and created a limited series of 102 castings. In keeping with their focus on material and process innovation, the Garrison stool was derived using state-of-the-art digital design and fabrication technology, optimizing it to be both light and strong, an embodiment of the firms’ commitment to innovative approaches to sustainability and efficiency.