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 play a critical role in the advancement of the interior design profession and the impact design has in our everyday lives, our culture, and society as a whole,” said Stephanie Clemons, ASID National Chair. “The remarkable work represented by these individuals speaks powerfully to the depth and excellence of important design work happening across the country through healthcare design, education and research, environmental design, and workplace design.”

The 2015 ASID National Award winners are are:

Designer of

Sonya Dufner, FASID

Sonya Dufner, FASID, is a principal and the director of workplace strategy for Gensler New York. Dufner has a passion for business and technology and its influence on the design community. Whether working with a Fortune 500 client, or with one of her many philanthropic interests, Dufner is focused on helping people build better communities that promote productivity, keep employees happier and healthier, and demonstrate how good design is good business. She is an award winning designer and has been featured in a variety of publications. A frequent speaker and panelist, Dufner takes pride in sharing her knowledge and leadership with students through programs such as Design Ignites Change, an organization that engages students to address pressing social issues in their communities.

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William D. Browning, LEED AP, Hon. AIA,

William D. Browning, LEED AP, Hon. AIA, is a trailblazer in the field of environmental design. Browning has dedicated much of his professional career to improving the health and well-being of individuals by connecting the natural and built environments. Browning is co-founder of Terrapin Bright Green, a design firm focused on creating high-performance environmental strategies for clients including Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Interface, and Lucasfilm. He is the co-author of two books on biophilic design, a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Board of Directors, and has served on the Department of Defense’s Science Board Energy Task Force. Most recently, Browning assisted Delos Living on the development of the new WELL Building Standard.


Wayne Ruga, PhD, FAIA, FIIDA, Hon. FASID

Wayne Ruga, PhD, FAIA, FIIDA, Hon. FASID, has devoted his career to innovation in healthcare design, fundamentally reshaping the way knowledge is generated and shared within the field. He is the founder of the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo, The Center for Health Design, and most recently, the CARITAS Project, a program that seeks to transform the future of health and healthcare delivery through the development of strategies and technologies that produce generative environments. With each of these initiatives, Ruga continues to push the boundaries of healthcare design, sharing his discoveries with the design community.

Nancy Vincent
McClelland Merit

Lisa Marie Tucker, Ph.D., ASID, IDEC

Lisa Marie Tucker, Ph.D., ASID, IDEC, is a life-long educator, as well as an award-winning educator, designer, and author. Among her proudest accomplishments are the thousands of design students she has nurtured and educated at Virginia Tech, many of whom have gone on to become award winners in their own right. As the school’s interior design program chair, Tucker has developed a robust curriculum around sustainable and socially responsible design. In 2011, she was honored as one of the top 25 most admired design educators by Design Intelligence. A past president of both IDEC and the Virginia Chapter of ASID, Tucker remains a staunch advocate for the profession and for the regulation of interior design.