ASID Announces Educator Design Excellence Award Winners

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 13, 2012) | The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) announces the winners of the 2nd annual Educator Design Excellence Awards, a peer-juried national design competition that recognizes interior design excellence in both residential and commercial design projects completed by ASID Educator Members.
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This year’s educator competition winners are:

Commercial Design Honorees:

Winner: Born Again Zen
Diane Alexander, ASID and Rex Spencer, ASID
Art Institute of Houston

A 5,000-SF medical office with a sustainable focus, the Born Again Zen design and brand concept uses color, lighting and textured materials to engage the human senses and create a luxurious and calming experience for patients.

Honorable Mention: Classic Herman Miller Exhibit
Eric Wiedegreen, Allied ASID
Florida State University

This exhibit pays homage to the era in which Herman Miller pieces were first introduced. The freshness and simplicity of the exhibit bring the Herman Miller brand to life, making it as relevant in 2011 as it was in the 1950s.

Residential Design Honorees:

Winner: Meet Knox
Diane Alexander, ASID
Art Institute of Houston


Meet Knox provides a multisensory, therapy-centered play environment that meets the physical and educational requirements of a specials-needs child. Design elements include an accessible herb garden to assist in the development of the sense of smell, a music center created to enhance auditory skills, a three-dimensional textural mural to develop the sense of touch and a ballet bar to develop self-awareness and motor skills. 

Winner: Mountain Villa
Tamie Glass, Allied ASID
University of Texas

Mountain Villa is a transformative renovation of a 1980s Taniguchi design that captures and restores a stunning architectural classic.

Honorable Mention: Donnelly Residence
Ronni Whitman, ASID
Art Institute of California - Orange County

This universally designed residence honors the character of a mid-century home while making it an accessible, sustainable and timeless example of aging-in-place design.

A special thank you to the jurors of the second annual ASID Educator Design Excellence Competition: Brooke Traeger, ASID, ASID Washington Metro Chapter President; and Lori Tugman, Allied ASID, Sustainable Design Coordinator for ASID.

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.