ASID Sponsors Student Competition at IFMA World Workplace

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Premier event for facility managers, design professionals, educators, students and suppliers showcases global student talent

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 15, 2008) – The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) World Workplace 2008 Conference and Expo heads this year to Dallas, Oct. 15 – 17 at the Dallas Convention Center to discuss the global built environment. The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) takes part yet again in the three-day leading event for facility managers, educators, design professionals, students and suppliers and is proud to sponsor the second annual World Workplace Student ePoster competition.

“In almost every commercial project, facility managers are the first point of contact for interior designers,” says ASID President Bruce Brigham, FASID. “The conference is good way to get everyone together, including our leaders of tomorrow, the students, especially now to discuss our rapidly evolving economic world and how it will affect our professions.”

The Student ePoster competition is innovative in that instead of confined to poster board, students present a visual summary of a recent facility management research or work project, consisting of a PowerPoint or other electronic display combined with an interactive, two-minute question-and-answer period. Student ePoster submittals will be displayed Oct. 16 on the expo floor, with the winning submissions selected by an international panel of judges onsite.

The winning Student ePoster author(s) will receive a $1,500 expense allowance toward attending the 2009 European Facility Management Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Attendees can browse the projects at the Student ePoster Gallery, booth #2321 of the expo hall.  

The World Workplace 2008 Conference & Expo expo floor will be open Wed., Oct. 15, from 2:30 to 6 p.m.; Thurs., Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Fri., Oct. 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a complete list of conference details, visit In addition to the student competition the conference will include educational sessions, supplier exhibits and networking opportunities.

Members of the media interested in attending World Workplace may register at no cost 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 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.

About IFMA: IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for professional facility managers, supporting more than 19,000 members in 60 countries. The association’s members, represented in 125 chapters and 15 councils worldwide, manage more than 37 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than US$100 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies facility managers, conducts research, provides educational programs, recognizes facility management certificate programs and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest facility management conference and exposition. For more information, visit the IFMA press room or

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