Winners Announced in AARP Recession Remodel Contest

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Spokesperson for the program, Cynthia Leibrock, ASID, joins other ASID designers to remodel homes that improve health and longevity

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 21, 2009) | AARP announced two lucky winners of their new national Recession Remodel contest, a program developed to help showcase how good design can improve health and longevity. Jamie Hammill of Richfield, N.C. and Mary Waggoner of Snohomish, Wash., have been awarded a kitchen or bath remodel that will be designed to universally support their family members of all ages and abilities. Members from American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), joined by other volunteers will break ground on the projects this month and complete renovations in October.

The national spokesperson for the program, Cynthia Leibrock, ASID, will work with local ASID members at each site to help create a space that is livable, safe and welcoming. Leibrock, an award-winning author, universal designer and Harvard lecturer, has more than 30 years of experience. For more background on Leibrock, visit

“Interior design is about improving quality of life at every income level, age, and ability,” says Leibrock. “These demonstration projects will be designed universally to support health and longevity at home for life.”

The kitchen winner, Jamie Hammill lives an hour outside of Charlotte, N.C., in the town of Richfield. While Hammill was elated to move back into the farmhouse her mother grew up in as a child, she did not foresee the challenges it would bring, especially the low cabinets, inadequate storage and poor lighting in the historic home’s kitchen. Mary Curley, ASID, NWUDC and Michelle Molloy ASID LEED AP, are the local ASID members that will help design a kitchen to improve comfort for her and her mother.

The bathroom winner lives in Snohomish, Wash., about 30 minutes outside of Seattle. On the weekends, Mary Waggoner’s parents visit her home but the limitations in her bathroom often cut the weekend short. Currently the bathroom is unsafe for her parents and inaccessible to a wheelchair.

Videos and photographs from the remodel will highlight the specific design features and be uploaded to the AARP web site when the projects are completed.

For more information on the projects and to follow their progress, please contact Nancy Thompson at (202) 434-2667 or

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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