ASID RealWorld DesignWeek Registration Now Open

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Nationwide interior design mentoring program opens registration for interior designers interested in mentoring students

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 1, 2009) | RealWorld DesignWeek (RWDW), the annual nationwide student mentoring program created by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), has officially opened registration for practicing interior designers to sign up as mentors. The career development-mentoring program offers a unique and exclusive one-on-one experience that pairs ASID student members with ASID interior design professionals and Industry Partners from Nov. 1 – 7, 2009.

“RealWorld DesignWeek is a great way for interior designers to give back to the profession by mentoring and molding the next generation of interior designers,” says Deborah L. Forrest, FASID, RealWorld DesignWeek national spokesperson. “Students need this now more than ever, which is why I’m asking every interior designer and ASID Industry Partner to take the time to host a student during this year’s RealWorld DesignWeek.”

Now in its second year, RealWorld DesignWeek is the first cohesive, national program aimed at educating future interior designers through in-person experience. It empowers students to succeed in the industry and build relationships with the design community, and provides them with the tools to jump-start their careers. 

The inaugural RealWorld DesignWeek in 2008 received great reviews from both mentors and students alike, with more than 1500 participants.

“I looked forward to the experience from the day I registered and it was so much more than I expected,” said Jeannine Lima, Student Member ASID from the Art Institute of Atlanta.

"RealWorld DesignWeek was amazing! I hosted five students, one each day of the week, and was able to show them first hand the day-to-day operations of an interior design firm. This included attending our weekly staff meeting, a lunch CEU, a construction site, a vendor presentation and meetings with potential new clients,” said Rita Carson Guest, FASID and an ASID Past President. “They also met with my design team to review current projects, examine interior design construction documents and learn about the design process we use. Every student was sincere about their studies and found the ASID experience to be special.”

Created and run by ASID, RealWorld DesignWeek is sponsored by Sherwin Williams, Industry Partner of ASID. Partners include national media partner Metropolis magazine and print partner Canfield & Tack Inc.

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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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