ASID Foundation Announces 2012 Scholarship and Award Winners

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American Society of Interior Designers Awards $23,000 for Academic Contributions to the Interior Design Profession

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 25, 2012) | The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation has announced recipients of the annual ASID Foundation Scholarships and 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 2012 recipients are:

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: Caren S. Martin, Ph.D., CID, ASID, IIDA – University of Minnesota
Examining Supportive Educational Environments for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
This study documents and analyzes the link the between the psychological, social, physiological and educational needs of children with ASD from Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) through the sixth grade.

The Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award honors an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student’s interior design research or thesis project.
Winner: Emily Dyer, Student ASID, Endicott College
Thesis project:
Dwelling in the Home: Designing for Mindfulness, Connection and Well-being
This study investigates how to design for mindfulness in the home in a world dominated by technology.

The Joel Polsky Prize recognizes outstanding academic contributions to the discipline of interior design through literature or visual communication.
Winners: Buie Harwood, FASID, CID, FIDEC; Bridget A. May Ph.D., Allied ASID, IDEC and Curt Sherman, ASID, FIDEC
Architecture and Interior Design: An Integrated History to the Present
This book offers an integrated an interdisciplinary survey of architecture, interiors, furniture and decorative arts through the centuries.

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: Laura Colagrande, Student ASID, Virginia Commonwealth University

Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Students winner: Stephanie Rodriquez, Parsons, The New School

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: