ASID to Recognize 2013 Design Award Honorees at Annual Celebration Gala – June 21 at Dwell on Design

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 19, 2013) | The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) will honor the recipients of the Society’s 2013 ASID Design Awards at its annual Celebration ceremony on June 21 during Dwell on Design. Taking place at the historic Millenium Biltmore Hotel, the red carpet, black-tie evening will celebrate the highest level of excellence in the interior design community, honoring those who have made significant contributions toward the advancement of the profession while exemplifying a commitment to enhancing quality of life.

The Master of Ceremonies for this extraordinary evening is Emmy Award-winning television host, interior designer and author, Mark Brunetz. The event will also include a live and silent auction with all proceeds benefiting the ASID Foundation and The 1% program of Public Architecture.

The 2013 ASID Design Award honorees were selected by a notable panel of design leaders including Kirsten Childs, FASID; Penny Bonda, FASID; Kia Weatherspoon, Allied ASID; Mei Mah, deputy director of education for the Cooper-Hewitt Museum; and John Czarnecki, editor in chief of Contract magazine.

This year’s honorees are:

Robert Wright, FASID – Designer of Distinction
Robert Wright is a true advocate for the design profession and interior design education, recognizing the ways that interior design contributes to the quality and well-being of our lives. A former national President of ASID, he has also served on the ASID and CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) boards. He is also an active volunteer with local community non-profit organizations, including the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation.

Linda Sorrento, FASID, IIDA, LEED-AP BD+C – Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Award
A deep concern for how interior environments affect human health and performance has influenced every facet of Linda Sorrento’s career as an interior designer, educator and sustainable design advocate. She currently leads the National Academy of Environmental Design (NAED) as its executive director and was previously the senior director of education for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), where she helped develop the REGREEN residential remodeling guidelines in partnership with ASID.

MASS Design Group – Design for Humanity Award
MASS Design Group is a nonprofit architectural firm that designs, builds and advocates for buildings that improve lives. Their work, ranging from Rwanda and Uganda to Haiti and the U.S., focuses on leveraging architecture and design to become an engine for better health, economic growth and long-term, systemic sustainability. MASS’s philosophy hinges on the adage that design is never neutral, it can either help or it can hurt – and they insist every design decision approaches or achieves the former.

Health Product Declaration Collaborative – Innovation Award
The Health Product Declaration Collaborative is a customer-led organization for companies and individuals committed to the improvement of the built industry’s environmental and health performance through transparency and innovation in the product supply chain. The mission of the HPDC is to increase the availability and accuracy of reported product content and associated health information. By providing a common language, it levels the playing field, helping manufacturers communicate important data so customers can make fully-informed decisions about specifying, purchasing, installing and using products.

The Society’s 2013 Class of Fellows will also be honored at the event: Barbara Barry, FASID; Julie Schulte, FASID; LuAnn Thoma-Holec, FASID; and Rick Peluso, Hon. FASID.

Pictured below clockwise left to right: Robert Wright, FASID; Linda Sorrento, FASID; IIDA, LEED-AP BD+C, MASS Design Group Directors Alan Ricks, Michael Murphy, and Sierra Bainbridge; Health Product Declaration Collaborative. High resolution images available upon request.

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 30,000 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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