ASID Announces the 2014 Elevate Award Winners: Recipients Represent a Wide Array of Design Specialties

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Washington, D.C. (June 5, 2014) – The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is pleased to announce the Society’s 2014 Elevate Award winners — designers whose work has been singled out as exceptional not only by their chapters, but also by a national jury, from among their peer chapter award recipients. The following five designers will receive their awards on June 21 at Celebration: The ASID Awards Gala:

Jessica Dellenbach, ASID, Kahler Slater Inc., Healthcare
Jodi Gillespie, ASID, Jodi Gillespie LLC Interior Design, Residential
Kimberly S. Jansen, Allied ASID, Strollo Architects, Institutional
Andre Staffelbach, ASID, Staffelbach, Office/Corporate
Cameron L. Wilson, ASID, LS3P Associates Ltd., Hospitality

The ASID Elevate Awards recognize those who have contributed significantly to the interior design profession through work that has enhanced people’s lives. ASID created the Elevate Awards to bring national attention to designers whose accomplishments already had received acclaim from their chapters.

“These designers each have established strong reputations locally for their excellence,” said Randy Fiser, ASID executive vice president and CEO. “Now we want to elevate their profile and share their good work and ideas with designers throughout the country.”

Jessica Dellenbach, with her team at Kahler Slater in Milwaukee, planned and designed an outpatient clinic to support a new model of care for the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation (UWMF). UWMF stipulated that the clinic support the new concept of patient self-rooming, an innovation in clinics designed to alleviate wait times and maximize efficiency. The clinic also required imaging, lab and physical therapy services as well as health education spaces. Plus, the design had to achieve LEED certification. This design has reduced staff footsteps by 83 percent, improved patient satisfaction by 25 percent and won this year’s Elevate Award for Healthcare.

Residential Elevate Award winner Jodi Gillespie earned her honor for updating a mid-century modern home to 2014, while preserving its historic aesthetic. Gone are the maid and chauffeur's rooms, replaced by a kitchen — enlarged for multiple cooks — and a guest suite. A new oversized pocket door opens in an original oak-clad wall, connecting the sitting, living and dining rooms, for which existing furniture was restored. Gillespie and the team from her self-named Greater Minneapolis firm added a Japanese soaking tub and separate shower with transom window. They incorporated careful details throughout, including period light fixtures, ripple-fold window treatments, and terrazzo kitchen floor tiles to match the original entry hall floor.

Strollo Architects’ Kimberly S. Jansen, recipient of the Institutional Elevate Award, faced the challenge of integrating a new addition with the well-worn, 1950s-style Joshua Dixon Elementary School in Columbiana, Ohio, while respecting the original architecture and interior design. Jansen and her team matched the addition’s exterior to existing brick work and modeled its architecture on the ‘50s style. They installed a standing seam metal roof on the original building and continued it on the new structure. The team based the interior color scheme on the school colors of red and white, but added blue, green, yellow and orange highlights to create a bright K-4 look. On the floors, they used a ‘50s-style pattern. 

Andre Staffelbach, a principal at the Dallas-based Staffelbach firm, and his team took a client’s workplace from almost entirely private, enclosed offices to an open layout with great opportunity for collaboration and interaction. How? By allotting ample space to traffic and gathering areas, constructing meeting rooms of clear glass walls, designing workspaces without panel systems and using low desks separated by tall bookcases or storage units to delineate team spaces. A new café, with a full-service kitchen, functions as an informal meeting room and venue for staff interaction. Contemporary amenities and technologies combine with classic elements to create this Office/Corporate Elevate Award winner.

Winner of the Elevate Award for Hospitality, Cameron L. Wilson is a principal with LS3P Associates Ltd. in Charleston, South Carolina. Wilson and his team renovated a Shrine Temple from the early 1960s into a high-end private yacht club. Traditional detailing reflects Charleston’s rich architectural in this building transformation. New expansive windows replaced solid walls to highlight extraordinary water views. Nautical details woven into custom-designed carpets and decorative lighting carry a maritime theme throughout. Although the building’s foundation made a new masonry fireplace impossible, Wilson and team installed a metal fireplace, applied firebrick to the interior and clad the exterior with marble, providing both a technically and aesthetically viable solution.

For photos of the Elevate Award winners’ projects, click here


About ASID
The American Society of Interior Designers believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidenced-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

ASID was founded nearly 40 years ago when two organizations became one — an anniversary we will recognize in 2015 — but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are poised to lead the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big and of the places we live with the places we work, play and heal.