ASID Joins A+DEN’S Steering Committee

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ASID joins A+DEN’s steering committee to promote innovative design education for K – 12 students 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 15, 2008) - The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is pleased to announce its addition to the Steering Committee for the Architecture and Design Education Network (A+DEN). A+DEN is a collaborative association of architecture and design organizations committed to fostering the growth and development of design education on the national level. They work to integrate the design process in K – 12 curriculums and raise youth awareness about the built environment.

“For sometime, the design industry has been without an organized network devoted entirely to the K – 12 population that introduces students to design and it’s impact at a younger age,” says Michael Alin, Hon. FASID, and executive director of ASID. “We are proud to join groups like the American Architecture Foundation, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) to work with A+DEN and increase student and teacher interest in the built environment while fostering critical and creative thinking abilities.”

A+DEN serves as a channel for sharing information with educators and students through national and regional conferences, forums and workshops. They also work to identify and share best practices in architecture and design education. A+DEN’s long-term goals include increasing the public’s involvement in the design process.

“We are thrilled that ASID will be joining the A+DEN Steering Committee, and look forward to the new opportunities that lie ahead. The Network as a whole will be strengthened by the addition of a new voice within the group as we move forward and  widen our reach in the field of design education” says Lynn Osmond, Chicago Architecture Foundation President and CEO.

In 2009, A+DEN will undertake a major redesign of the organization’s Web site and the creation of a highly useable communication platform. The organization will also continue to participate in and present at major national and international conferences, as well as hosting its own conference November 6 – 7, 2009, in Chicago. To learn more about A+DEN, visit

A+DEN Steering Committee:
American Architectural Foundation (Founder)
Chicago Architecture Foundation (Founder)
American Institute of Architects (Founder)
ACE Mentor Program
American Society of Interior Designers
American Society of Landscape Architects
Architectural Foundation of San Francisco
Arts Education Partnership
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Learning By Design: Massachusetts, Boston Society of Architects
National Building Museum

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. 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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