ASID Inducts 2007 Class of Fellows

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 17, 2008) – The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) inducted the 2007 class of the ASID College of Fellows during a formal awards ceremony at INTERIORS 08: The ASID Conference on Design. Fellowship is the highest honor the Society can bestow on its members. Elevation to fellowship not only acknowledges the achievements of the designer as an individual but also recognizes before the public and the profession a model interior designer who has made a significant contribution to interior design and society.

This year’s inductees include:

Mary Elizabeth Boyd, FASID 
Mary Elizabeth is recognized for her leadership and exemplary contributions to interior design in her more-than-35-year career with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, from which she retired in 2004 as the principal and chief of interior design. Through her work designing supportive and humane environments for returning Vietnam veterans, Boyd helped pioneer the field of health care design. She developed guidelines, programs and resources for the more than 150 interior designers throughout the United States and its territories, whose work she coordinated. She has received numerous awards from ASID and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Stephanie Clemons, FASID
Stephanie is nationally known for her contributions to interior design education, particularly in the area of curriculum design for K – 12 students. In addition to her teaching, research and writing at Colorado State University, where she is a professor in the department of design and merchandising, Stephanie has taught at the Summer Design Institute at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Among her many volunteer and service activities, she is a past president of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) and the IDEC Foundation.

Barbara Huelat, FASID
Barbara has been a major influence on health care design for more than 30 years. Her book, Healing Environments: Design for the Body, Mind & Spirit, now considered a standard in the field, was recently published in Chinese, and a sequel will be coming out later this year. Barbara has long been an advocate for the professionalization of health care design. She was a founding board member of the Symposium on Healthcare Interior Design and is member of the Board of Regents of the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers, which she helped to found in 2005. Barbara was presented with the ASID Design for Humanity Award in 2000.

Jim Lothrop, FASID
An established architect specializing in public and higher education libraries, Jim has long been a leading advocate for interior design professionals. He is well known in the state of New York for his efforts to educate the state legislature, designers and the public regarding interior design legislation, He has held leadership positions within the Interior Designers for Legislation in New York and the ASID New York Metro Chapter, including president of both organizations, as well as serving on the ASID Board of Directors.

Cheryl Reece Myers, FASID
As coordinator of interior design at the University of Central Oklahoma, a position she held for 27 years, Cheryl developed a master’s program in interior design. She also served as a consultant to develop bachelor’s degree programs in interior design for the University of Kuwait and the Universidad Joe Cecilio Del Valle in Honduras. For 22 years, Cheryl has served as a STEP (Self-testing Exercises for Pre-Professionals) workshop leader, assisting interior designers in preparing to take the National Council for Interior Design Accreditation (NCIDQ exam), and helped create, a Web site to help designers prepare for the exam. She is currently working on a guide to the NCIDQ examination for publisher John Wiley & Sons.

Sonya Odell, FASID
In the words of one colleague, Sonya “epitomizes what is good about the profession.” A highly acclaimed health care and office interior designer, she is greatly admired for her business acumen and dedication to the profession. An active member in both the ASID Tennessee and Texas chapters, as well as a member of the ASID Industry Advisory Council, Sonya also has served in various capacities with the Texas Association for Interior Design, NCIDQ and American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers, and as a mentor to interior design students. She has been a primary force behind the highly successful Metrocon design expo and conference held in Dallas.

Christine Piotrowski, FASID
Few authors are as well known to interior design professionals and students as Christine.  An interior design educator for 16 years, consultant and speaker, she is best known for her many books, which are standards of most interior design libraries, including Professional Practice for Interior Designers (now in its fourth edition), Designing Commercial Interiors (now in its second edition), Interior Design Management, and Becoming an Interior Designer. A longtime member and supporter of ASID, she has served in many capacities in the ASID Arizona North Chapter, including board member and president, and at the Society level as a member and chair of the ASID Educational and Training Advisory Council.

Cameron Stiles, FASID
Since first joining the Society in the early 1980s, Cameron has been a leading member of the ASID Virginia Chapter, serving as committee chair, treasurer and president. She has served at the Society level on several councils and committees, and has volunteered in various capacities with NCIDQ, and CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation), and was recently elected to serve as president of the Virginia board that oversees licensing of interior designers. Cameron is well known within her chapter and her firm as a mentor to design students and emerging practitioners. She has received numerous awards for her design work on health care, institutional and hospitality projects, as well as citations for her professional service. 

Stephen Stoner, FASID
A founding member of the Design Alliance to Combat AIDS (DACA), Stephen has spearheaded education and raised funds to provide food, housing and comfort to the underprivileged and persons with AIDS. He also created Project Angel Food for the Design Industries Foundation for AIDS (DIFFA). In addition to holding leadership positions in DACA and DIFFA, he has been an active member and leader of the ASID Los Angeles Chapter, including serving two years as president, and at the Society level of a member of the board of directors. He has received many citations and commendations for his professional and community service, including an “Unsung Heroes” award and Angel award from DIFFA, a commendation from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and a commendation from President Clinton for his work on Project Angel Food.

Clarellen Adams, Honorary FASID
Clarellen and her late husband, Henry Adams, created the San Francisco Design Center. From 1983 to 1990, she put on an annual fashion show that raised funds to benefit the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and FIDER (now CIDA). She also made a generous donation to the ASID California North Chapter to be used to provide scholarships for interior design and architecture students seeking to further their education abroad. She has been honored by ASID, AIA (American Institute of Architects), FIDM and other groups. 

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 40,000 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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