2012 RealWorld DesignWeek Most Successful To Date

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 26, 2012) | RealWorld DesignWeek (RWDW), the nationwide mentoring program created by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), took place November 4 – 10, 2012, and connected more than 750 students to interior designers working in the industry, making 2012 the most successful year in the program’s five-year history.

RWDW is a program designed to encourage relationships between interior design students and their role models in the industry, and introduces them to hands-on learning opportunities outside of the classroom.

“RealWorld DesignWeek has consistently been one of the most valuable programs for ASID students nationwide,” says Lindsay Marshall, the RWDW program manager for ASID. “Countless lasting relationships have been formed from this program, leading to longterm internships and jobs in a time where personal connections mean everything.”

In addition to the in-person shadow days, this year’s program included virtual shadow days in which webinars were offered to those who could not attend in-person. ASID Industry Partners Cosentino and Ferguson stood out as two of the strongest supporters, hosting over 65 students in their showrooms nationwide. For the fourth consecutive year, Susan Szenasy, editor in chief of Metropolis magazine, hosted three students in her New York City office.

RWDW is the first national program aimed at educating future interior designers through in-person experience. The program is open to all members, free of charge, and pairs ASID student members with interior design professionals and ASID Industry Partners. Visit www.asid.org/rwdw for more information.

To see a photo album from this year’s program, visit the ASID Facebook page.

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 30,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Learn more at www.asid.org.