ASID Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners

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ASID awards five students and professionals for their contributions to interior design

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 20, 2010) | The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced the five recipients of the annual ASID Foundation Scholarships and Awards. Open to both ASID members and non-members, the awards and scholarships range from monetary awards for contributions to the profession to scholarships for all levels of students and professionals. The program, which has no application fee, has been a part of the ASID Foundation since its founding in 1975. The 2010 recipients are:

The Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student’s interior design research or thesis project.
Winner: Liliana Custy
Project: “Transdisciplinary Teams and Aging in Place Design; The Interior Designer's Role.” This study examines factors influencing participatory research team effectiveness in aging in place design.

The Joel Polsky Prize recognizes outstanding academic contributions to the discipline of interior design through literature or visual communication.

Winner: Susan Winchip, LEED AP
Project: Visual Culture in the Built Environment: A Global Perspective was written for those seeking to understand the recent history of the global built environment by engaging in a contextual analysis from a visual culture perspective. 

The Yale R. Burge Competition is open to all students in their final year of undergraduate study and is designed to encourage students to plan their portfolios. Portfolios are judged on presentation skills, design and planning competency and conceptual creativity.
Winner: Stephanie Isaacs
Project: Isaacs portfolio draws inspiration from subcultures associated with art, music, and history and explores the juxtaposition of graphic form, color and texture within a space.

The Irene Winifred Eno Grant provides financial assistance to individuals or groups engaged in the creation of an educational program or interior design research project dedicated to health, safety and welfare.

Winner: Michelle Kiese, Student Member ASID
Project: Delridge Neighborhood Development Association (DNDA) is partnering with King County Food and Fitness initiative, to bring healthier lifestyle options to residents living in low-income areas. DNDA is working with existing corner markets in the Delridge area to redesign the interior spaces of the stores to reflect a healthy environment.  

The Dora Brahms Award is open biennially to educational institutions to encourage and support the advancement of professional activities in historic preservation and/or restoration.
Winner: Clarissa Carr, Student Member ASID, University of Florida

Project: Carr documented the interiors of the Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House, which is operated by the Museum of African American History in Boston. The house is significant for the role it played as a center for African American culture on Nantucket and its intact interior architectural features.

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

About ASID Foundation: 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. The Foundation’s newest partnership with Rebuilding Together and their Veteran’s Housing Initiative focusing on rehabilitating the houses of low-income active and retired members of the military. 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

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 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. ASID is the Founding Sponsor of InformeDesign (, a searchable database that enables designers to engage in evidence-based design by using Research Summaries focused on design and human behavior, created and operated by the University of Minnesota.

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