Honorary Fellowship


Election to the ASID College of Fellows, the Society’s highest honor, is bestowed on less than one percent of the ASID membership. Honorary Fellowship is conferred upon professionals who are not interior designers but have made notable and outstanding contributions to the profession, not only through their jobs, but also through their demonstrated commitment to ASID and support of the interior design industry.

Submissions for the 2015 Class of Fellows have closed and winners will be announced in April and recognized at ASID’s national awards event, Celebration, in July 2015.

Nominations for 2016 Fellows will open in the fall of 2015 with details to follow.

Start by reviewing the criteria for a fellow or for an honorary fellow, then create an account on the ASID National Honors submission site to nominate. (If you haven’t registered already, you will need to complete a brief profile.) The nomination process is completely digital — all forms and materials must be completed online by Feb. 4.


Honorary Fellowship may be granted to members who are not interior designers by profession who have shown distinction in fulfilling the criteria established by the ASID Council of Fellows. The criteria and the means of fulfillment are detailed below. Please read the criteria carefully when considering a prospective nominee’s qualifications for honorary fellowship.

  1. Nominees must demonstrate meaningful and notable contributions to ASID and/or to the interior design profession. ASID membership is not a requirement. 
  2. Nominees must exhibit the highest level of ethical conduct and professionalism as confirmed by peer testimony (references).
  3. Nominees must exhibit the highest standards of individual leadership as confirmed by peer testimony (references).
  4. Honorary fellowship candidates must be approved by the ASID Board of Directors.


Section One: Introduction

Part A. Profile
Please fill out the nominee and sponsor contact information on the Fellows Web portal: http://chapterawards.asid.org

Part B. Nomination Process
The fellowship nomination may be made in one of two ways:

  • By chapter. (The nomination form must bear the signature of the chapter president or president-elect.)
  • By an individual ASID professional member or fellow. (The 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.)

Part C. Statement of Achievement and Educational Background
The statement of achievement should be limited to 250 words on one page. The list of nominee accomplishments must show achievement on national or international levels in areas related to design and should validate the contributions the nominee has made to the Society and the advancement of the interior design profession.

Please submit the nominee’s educational background information.

Section Two: Documentation of Design Work and Accomplishments

Part A: Interior Design Practice
This requirement is not applicable to the Honorary Fellowship nomination.

Part B: Knowledge
Please include a list of books, articles or research documents written by or about the nominee.

Part C: Leadership and Recognition
Please submit a bulleted list of significant awards, honors and recognition the nominee has received.

Part D: Service and Volunteerism
Please submit a bulleted list of the nominee’s volunteer contributions.

Section Three: Letters of Reference and Sponsor Letter
Please include the following:

  1. Ten reference signatures from professional members who signed off on the nomination if the candidate self-nominated (including name, address, ZIP code, telephone and fax numbers).
  2. Five reference signatures from fellows who signed off on the nomination if the candidate self-nominated (including name, address, ZIP code, telephone and fax numbers).
  3. Seven reference letters, including four from fellows.
  4. The original sponsor letter

Notes: The nomination sponsor (i.e., the individual responsible for coordinating and submitting the online nomination materials) must be a professional member of ASID in good standing. Current ASID national officers, members of the ASID Board of Directors and members of the Council of Fellows (at the time of nomination) may not serve as sponsors. However, current officers and members of the ASID Board of Directors may suggest nominees 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 professional ASID member in good standing to act as a single sponsor.