Foundation | Programs and Partnerships

Through the years the ASID Foundation has been proud to partner with other organizations on programs that educate and promote the impact of design to a broader audience.

Past Programs and Partnerships

ASID Corporate Headquarters – A Living Laboratory

In May 2016, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) moved into their new corporate headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. The new 8,500 square foot ASID headquarters has many innovative features that will improve the health and wellness of the employees. To help build the future of workplaces, the Society’s office has operated as a living laboratory. Staff members have participated in series of pre- and post-occupancy research studies in partnership with Cornell University. This study has been supported by a grant from the ASID Foundation.

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As a partner of 1+, ASID and its Foundation encourage its members to make pro bono service an integral part of their practice. 1+ is here to help you do that and more.Through 1+, American Society of Interior Designers and its Foundation salute the Society's members on staff at design firms who contribute over $10 million in services annually to vulnerable communities. Learn More.
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National Building Museum

The ASID Foundation’s mission is driven by collaboration and research, and funding for projects that broaden the value of interior design through education and outreach, making the connection with the National Building Museum (NBM) a natural alliance. As part of the partnership with the NBM, the ASID Foundation will participate in developing three public programs, including a collaboration with the special exhibit House & Home, a collection of images, objects, models and films that tours visitors through an array of houses.


Affordable Care Act (ACA) Research


The ASID Foundation and Patcraft, Inc. (ASIDF Research Partner) have engaged ECG Management Consultants, Inc. to assist with providing a deeper understanding of how investing capital funds using architectural design principles can affect hospital and health system financial performance. Research findings were presented at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo (Oct. 2014) and as a pre-conference workshop at the Healthcare Design Conference (Nov. 2014). The partnership between the ASID Foundation and Patcraft, Inc. continues as we publish the results in 2015.


The Leadership Academy

The leadership training and development opportunities provided by ASID to its volunteer leaders have long been cited by recipients as a major catalyst for both professional and personal growth. Now, through the generous support of the ASID Foundation, the ASID leadership “DNA” has been mapped and made available to all ASID members through the new ASID Leadership Academy. The old myth about individuals being “born leaders” has been repeatedly disproved; everyone has the ability to increase their leadership skills.


Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)

The ASID Foundation recently awarded a $20,000 grant to support a major standards revision project currently underway by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). The new accreditation standards will be published in early 2016, and implemented in 2017.

In recent years, the ASID Foundation has also granted funds to support CIDA's Collaborative Strategies session and to comprehensively examine the accreditation process and to develop support services offered to programs seeking accreditation.


National Interior Design Junior Certificate

The ASID Foundation, in partnership with the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), and a consortium of twenty-eight states, has developed a national interior design examination and certificate for high school and/or entry level junior college students. With the growing emphasis on assessment and accountability in secondary and post-secondary education, including requirements for Perkins Funding, the Pre-Professional Certification for Interior Design Fundamentals is needed to validate the teaching and learning taking place. It is hoped that states, school districts, and post-secondary education institutions will partner to offer college level credit for successful completion of this examination and attainment of this certificate.


Rebuilding Together

The ASID Foundation has partnered with non-profit organization Rebuilding Together in an initiative focusing on rehabilitating the houses of low-income active and retired members of the military in need throughout the country.

Through this partnership, the ASID Foundation will help provide safe, sustainable and accessible housing for those who have given so much, yet cannot afford the cost of home maintenance and, in many cases, are physically unable to modify or maintain their homes. We encourage ASID members and chapter leaders to contact Rebuilding Together affiliates in their communities to volunteer for future veterans related home rehab projects. In the coming year there will be many opportunities to volunteer on home repair and modification projects for veterans. For additional information on the Veterans Housing Initiative click here.


The Green House Exhibition

The ASID Foundation served as a major sponsor of the exhibition, The Green House, New Directions in Sustainable Architecture & Design at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The exhibit, which explores the entire field of sustainable residential design, drew more than 133,000 visitors, the largest in the museum’s history. The installation traveled to the Morris Museum in Morristown, N.J., and the Aurora History Museum in Aurora, Colo. The exhibition was also featured at the Yale School of Architecture in New Haven, Conn., in August 2009.


Thriving in Place

ASID Foundation was excited to be a sponsor of Thriving in Place: Designing Your Best Life, Now and Later. A video documentary, this ground-breaking program features Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt design winner Marianne Cusato as the host and guide, provides background and interviews along with simple “how-to” advice and excitement about the possibilities to stay active and healthy in your home for as long as possible.

Guests included Duo Dickenson, the author of seven books including “Staying Put: Remodeling Your House to Get the Home You Want”; Laura Carstensen, the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity and author of the book “A Long Bright Future;” Katy Fike, Founder of Aging 2.0; and Ashton Applewhite, commentator and author of “This Chair Rocks.” With examples from Seattle to Savannah, the viewers went beyond ramps and grip bars and into the engaged, enjoyable, positive approach that ensures we enjoy all day, every day. Thriving in Place is about designing and living Your Best Life, Now and Later.