2011 ASID Award Winners Announced

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The American Society of Interior Designers honors five recipients in their annual awards program

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 16, 2011) | The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) announced today the five recipients of the 2011 ASID Awards. The awards honor the achievements of individuals and companies in the field of 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 incorporated universal design and focused 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 Award winners will be recognized at Celebration during ASID@NeoCon, an awards ceremony being held on June 13, 2011 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

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 ASID is the Founding Sponsor of InformeDesign (www.informedesign.umn.edu), a searchable database that enables designers to engage in evidence-based design by using Research Summaries focused on design and human behavior, created and operated by the University of Minnesota.

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