ASID Foundation Announces 2011 Scholarship Winners

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Autumn Conrad, ASID, (202) 675-2341
ASID Recognizes Outstanding Contributions to Interior Design with 
$15,000 in Scholarships Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 25, 2011) | -- The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced recipients of the annual ASID Foundation and Scholarship Awards. Open to both ASID members and non-members, the program has been a part of the ASID Foundation since its founding in 1975. The 2011 recipients are:

Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award: The Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award honors an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student’s interior design research or thesis project.
Winner: Eileen Daly Vitelli, Allied Member ASID
Project: Breaking Bread & Making Dough: Are Communal Tables Socially and Financially Successful? Daly’s academic thesis, “Breaking Bread & Making Dough,” explores guest behavior and spending at communal tables in full-service restaurants as compared with conventional, separate tables within the same establishment, as well as the influence of critical design factors including appropriate match of overall concept and diner agenda, the tables location within the space, supporting architectural elements, lighting, relative height, width and length per person, and effective marketing by the service staff.

Joel Polsky Prize: The Joel Polsky Prize recognizes outstanding academic contributions to the discipline of interior design through literature or visual communication.
Winner: Jennifer Webb
Project: Below the Line: Disability, Housing, and Equity in the South
Below the Line depicts the complex relationship between people, their unique characteristics and their homes. The first half of the book describes the current state of disability and health, house and home, discrimination and equality, and policy and practice. The second half of the book proposes solutions by providing a theoretical framework for understanding person-environment fit, challenging assumptions about universal design, offering prototypical design solutions, and making recommendations for the future.

Irene Winifred Eno Grant: The Irene Winifred Eno Grant provides financial assistance to individuals or groups engaged in the creation of an educational program or an interior design research project dedicated to health, safety and welfare.
Winner: Sydney Mainster
Project: Sustainable Material Evaluation Tool
The Sustainable Materials Evaluation Tool is an open-source database that allows users to evaluate the sustainability of building and interior construction materials. Housed on the UT School of Architecture Materials Lab website, the tool provides a simple, user-friendly way to make side-by-side comparisons of materials properties and sustainability criteria.

The ASID Foundation also awards several Legacy Scholarship awards each year to undergraduate and graduate students of interior design. This year’s winners include:

Legacy Scholarship Undergraduates
Winner: Chelsea Lawrence, Student Member ASID
(Colorado State University)

Honorable Mention Recipients:
Julie Bushueva, Student Member ASID (Louisiana Tech University)
Alejandra Munizaga, Student Member ASID (New York School of Interior Design)

Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Students
Winner: Kendra Locklear (University of Texas)

For more information about ASID Foundation scholarships and awards, contact the ASID Foundation at (202) 546-3480 or via email at

As the leading interior design organization, ASID is dedicated to progressing the profession of interior design. The ASID Foundation supports endeavors that capture and disseminate knowledge, encourage innovation, and benefit the health safety, and welfare of the public through interior design research, scholarships and education. Other ASID Foundation initiatives include CIDA’s Accreditation Process Review and REGREEN, a collaborative project with the U.S. Green Building Council. Learn more at

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.

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