Reasons to Give

The ASID Foundation is working to build a stronger, highly-educated, and socially-conscious design community. The Foundation is dedicated to providing the resources and tools necessary to grow the interior design profession through scholarships, research, and education with the support and donations of members like you.




Design Impacts Lives.  The ASID Foundation supports innovative research and education that articulates knowledge and collective intelligences about how interior design impacts behavior.  The Foundation actively provides funding to unique initiatives that contribute to its mission and supports the industry that is motived to build a better world for all.

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Transform Grant

The ASID Foundation is pleased to accept proposals for its sixth annual Transform Grants from January 6 – March 15, 2017. This year, the Foundation will continue its mission to elevate the impact of interior design by funding evidence-based research on how interior design can foster well-being for all. 

The need to strive toward everyday wellness in the built environment and to foster well-being through the spaces we design has become a mainstream goal, but research suggests that access to well-being is not easily available to those working on or below the poverty line. Those families and individuals who may be most in need of healthy residences, schools, workplaces, and municipal buildings may be the least likely to have access to them.

We also want to recognize all of the Transform grant recipients and their work.

The 2017 Transform Grant call for submissions is now open.

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 will operate as a living laboratory. Staff members will participate in a pre- and post-occupancy research study in partnership with Cornell University. This study has been supported by a grant from the ASID Foundation.

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Published Research

Research helps designers learn more about people and their design-related experiences. However, the reach of research goes beyond design practitioners as it also impacts product manufacturers, design end-users, other researchers, educators, students, policy makers, and the general public – in other words, everybody. ASID is leading the design community in research of evidence-based design.

View the ASID Research


Scholarships and Grants


The ASID Foundation has a number of annual scholarships and grant opportunities available to expand research and knowledge around the impact of interior design on behavior, health, and well-being.  For inquiries, please email

The ASID Foundation has a number of annual grant opportunities available to expand research and knowledge around the impact of interior design on behavior, health, and well-being.  For enquiries, please email

ASID Foundation Legacy Scholarships

Sponsored by:

Dora Brahms Fund, Mabelle Wilhelmina Boldt Fund, Yale R. Burge Fund, Raymond Kennedy Fund, Ethel Siegelman Fund, Alan Lucas Fund

Legacy Scholarship for Undergraduates

Award: $4,000

Application Period: March – April 2017

The Legacy Scholarship is open to all students in their junior or senior year of undergraduate study enrolled in at least a three-year accredited program of interior design. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic accomplishment, creative achievement, and personal statement. The jury will evaluate entries on academic record, presentation skills, design and planning competency, and conceptual creativity.

Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Students

Award: $4,000

Application Period: March – April 2017

The ASID Foundation Legacy Scholarship is open to students who are enrolled in or have been accepted for admission to a graduate-level interior design program at an accredited university. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic accomplishment, creative achievement, and personal statement. Applicants must write an essay on the following subject:

The ASID Foundation believes that interior design positively transforms environments in ways that improve human outcomes. As an interior designer, how will you embrace and advance the professional trend to positively impact health and well-being in your anticipated area of design practice?

David Barrett Memorial Scholarship

Award: $12,000

Application Period: November – December 2017

The David Barrett Memorial Scholarship is given biennially to recognize an outstanding undergraduate or graduate students work demonstrating a continuing interest and ability in utilizing classical designs and traditional materials, including furniture and fabrics.

Daltile Annual Scholarship

Application Period: July – September 2017

Daltile, in partnership with ASID offers $27,500 in annual scholarships to deserving students who have entered their solution to a design challenge that demonstrates the impact of design. 

See the 2016 Daltile Scholarship Winner

Irene Winifred Eno Grant

Award: $5,000

Application Period: March – April 2017

The Irene Winifred Eno Grant provides financial assistance to individuals or groups developing an educational program(s) or project that is dedicated to health, safety, and welfare. This grant will be evaluated on the strength of the project proposal, budget, promotion plan, and expected outcome.

The grant is open to students, educators, interior design practitioners, institutions, and an interior design related group.

Joel Polsky Prize

Award: $5,000

Application Period: March – April 2017

Given annually, the Joel Polsky Prize recognizes outstanding academic contributions to interior design through print or digital communication. This year the ASID Foundation is seeking submissions focusing on the impact of design on health and wellness. Submissions should address the needs of the public, designers, and students on topics such as, educational research, behavioral science, business practice, design process, theory, or other technical subjects. Types of entries can include, but are not limited to, books, whitepapers, blogs, and videos. Entries will be judged on innovation of subject matter, comprehensive and original coverage of topic, organization, graphic presentation, bibliography, and references.

Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award

Award: $5,000

Application Period: March – April 2017

The Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding interior design research project or thesis project conducted by an undergraduate or graduate student. This project or thesis should be related to wellness and design. Research papers or theses should address such topics as educational research, behavioral science, business practice, design process, theory, or other technical subjects. Entries will be judged on quality of content, breadth of material, comprehensive coverage of topic, innovative subject matter, bibliography, and references.


Programs and Partnerships


Through 1+, the ASID Foundation salutes the Society’s members who help to contribute over $10 million in design services annually to vulnerable communities. The 1+ program connects designers interested in providing pro bono services with the organizations that need their skills the most.  

We need to hear your stories, so please share with us how you’re helping to support the community by giving back. Please to share your story.

The ASID Foundation’s partnership with the National Building Museum brings cutting-edge educational programming and awareness of the interior design profession to the public. 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.

Thriving in Place

ASID Foundation is 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, providing 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 will include people like 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 go 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.

Expected video release date is scheduled for Summer 2017.

View the complete list of the ASID Foundation Partners and Programs.

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