2011 ASID Award Winners and Class of Fellows Announced

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Autumn Conrad, ASID, (202) 675-2341
Recipients Honored at ASID@NeoCon Celebration Event 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 14, 2011) |  The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) presented the 2011 ASID Design Awards at its annual Celebration ceremony at the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair. ASID also honored five members who were recently inducted into the Society’s Class of Fellows. The awards honor the achievements of individuals and companies in interior design.

This year’s winners come from a variety of backgrounds and represent the eclectic nature of the interior design industry. They are: 

ASID Designer of Distinction Award: Mariette Himes Gomez, ASID

The highest honor that ASID bestows on one of its members, Himes Gomez is being recognized for her outstanding design work over a 30-year career and her contributions to the field of residential and commercial design. Himes Gomez manages to combine both high-style glamour and refined simplicity. In 1975 she opened her own Manhattan firm, Gomez Associates, which is known for very livable rooms with clean lines and clear architectural definition. She is widely published and the bestselling author of APARTMENTS and Rooms and Houses, and her line of furniture, the Mariette Himes Gomez Collection for the Hickory Chair Company, is available in stores throughout the country and in her own store, The Shop, in New York City. www.gomezassociates.com

Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Awards (3):

AARP Recession Remodel Room Makeover Contest
Completed in 2010, The AARP Recession Remodel Makeover Contest is a project that incorporates universal design and focuses on two homes that were no longer accessible to their aging residents. AARP brought in two ASID designers to create universally designed spaces that maintained the resident’s individual style, successfully bringing light to the importance and accessibility of universal design. Videos and photos are available on the AARP website. http://tinyurl.com/4h8eqtu

Dr. Jacqueline Vischer/Workplace Strategies:
Environment As a Tool for Work

Dr. Jacqueline Vischer is a pioneer in the development of an empirical-based methodology to measure the parameters of a building-in-use. She is the author of Workplace Strategies: Environment As a Tool for Work, a practical assessment of the issues and concepts that influence the planning and designing of workspaces. The book examines a workspace as a way to improve the functionality of a business and to make people more effective at their jobs. As a full-time professor and director of the interior design program at the University of Montreal and a professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Vischer contributes to the advancement of the profession through education.

ARZU Studio Hope

ARZU is a manufacturer that helps Afghan women and their families break the cycle of poverty by sourcing and selling the rugs they weave. ARZU provides a steady income and access to education and healthcare for impoverished women and their families while representing a trendsetting business model in the interior design industry. ARZU produces products that interior designers can use while improving the value of life for these women. www.arzustudiohope.org.

Innovation Award: Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA)/levelTM Sustainability Standard

levelTM certification is a multifaceted approach to sustainability certification. Based on BIFMA standards, levelTM is a third-party verification program that provides manufacturers with valuable resources for evaluating and communicating the environmental and social impacts of their furniture products, company and processes. Under the levelTM program, products and processes are evaluated based on criteria including: materials, use of energy, atmosphere and ecosystem health, and social responsibility. Certification allows a manufacturer to ensure greater sustainability for their products and throughout their entire supply chain. www.levelcertified.org

ASID also honored five members who were inducted into the ASID College of Fellows. The title of Fellow, the highest honor a member can receive from ASID, is given in recognition of outstanding service and contributions to the Society, the profession and the interior design industry.

The 2011 Class of Fellows:

Fran Colby, FASID

Since joining ASID in 1979, Colby has served in many leadership positions in the ASID Pennsylvania West Chapter, including president, on several committees at the national level and with the Interior Design Legislative Coalition of Pennsylvania. Along with awards for her diverse portfolio of corporate, hospitality, retail and healthcare environments, Colby is the recipient of two ASID presidential citations, an ASID Chapter Medalist award, numerous chapter presidential citations and recognition for service to her community. 

Jamie Drake, FASID

Renowned for his masterful use of color, Drake frequently ranks among America’s best interior designers. His impressive roster of clients boasts Madonna and Michael Bloomberg, who, when elected Mayor of New York, engaged Drake to renovate and restore Gracie Mansion, as well as redesign various rooms at City Hall. A member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame and recipient of numerous awards for design excellence, Drake has also designed fabrics and other luxury products for top manufacturers.

Sonya Dufner, FASID

A talented designer recognized for her corporate and healthcare interiors, Dufner has excelled as a workplace and business strategist, helping her clients rethink their workplace processes and plan for the future. Currently a member of the ASID Board of Directors, Dufner also has served on national councils and committees, as well as leadership positions in the ASID Michigan Chapter. 

Janice Linster, FASID

A founding partner of Studio Hive in Minneapolis, Linster is a dynamic presence in the ASID Minnesota Chapter and the Minneapolis interior design community.  She received the University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award for her ongoing work with students in the College of Design and on the college’s advisory board.  Formerly a member of the ASID Board of Directors, she has twice chaired national committees and held numerous leadership positions in her chapter. In addition, she has volunteered as a NCIDQ council delegate and with the InformeDesign Technical Review Board.


Joyce Shore, FASID

After holding numerous positions within the ASID Florida South Chapter, Shore served on the ASID Board of Directors. She then became involved in interior design legislation and was twice appointed to the Florida licensing board. Shore was chairperson of the Board when the Institute for Justice filed suit with the state, claiming the interior design law was unconstitutional. Her testimony and commitment are credited as instrumental in the U.S. Appeals Court’s decision to uphold the statute. She also represents Florida on the NCIDQ Delegates Council.  Shore has received numerous citations for her efforts and was inducted into the chapter’s Hall of Fame in 2010.

About ASID:
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. www.asid.org

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