The Impact of Design Series

Welcome to the Impact of Design Series. This section of the website is dedicated to highlighting projects that use evidence-based design to improve the quality of the human experience. The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) believes that design impacts lives, and collaborates with others to promote the value of interior design. These select projects support this mission and have gone through pre- and post-occupancy research to educate designers and clients on the power of design. The first project in the series features the ASID HQ office in Washington, D.C.

American Society of Interior Designers Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

In May 2016, ASID moved in to their new association headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. The primary goal was to create a space that supported health, wellness, and the well-being of employees, which would improve the organization’s productivity, engagement, and retention. ASID represents the design industry through cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, and among design practitioners, students, manufacturers, and suppliers.

The Design Challenge

Create a living laboratory for the “Workplace of the Future,” which becomes a model for innovative workplace design where collaboration, flexibility, sustainability, and occupant well-being are the primary design drivers. Additionally, to achieve LEED Platinum and WELL Platinum certification to receive third-party validation on the main goals of occupant well-being and sustainability.


The Design Solution 

  • Free address
  • Workspace choice
  • Active design
  • Healthy materials
  • Biophilic design
  • Circadian lighting
Impact of Design
  • Collaborative work increased 9%
  • Physical health and mental health scores improved
  • Productivity increased 16%, yielding an estimated increase of $694,000 financial impact to the Society’s bottom line during the first year of occupancy (expected to yield a $7M increase in financial impact during the total 10-year lease agreement, given a consistent improvement rate)
  • Energy savings amount to $7,636, 38.2 ton= of coal not burned, and 72.9 ton of CO2 not= emitted, during first 15 months of occupancy

Energy Saving by Strategy

  • Construction cost: $153/sf (includes costs covering building enhancements that were not shared by other tenants on the floor)
  • Furniture cost: $28/sf (includes discounting)
  • Programming and Visioning – April 2015
  • Schematic Design – May 2015
  • Design Development – June/July 2015
  • Construction Documents – August – October 2015
  • Construction – November 2015 – May 2016
Project Team
  • Architect/Designer: Perkins+Will
  • Project Manager: Savills Studley
  • Real Estate Broker: Savills Studley
  • General Contractor: Rand* Construction
  • MEP Engineer: GHT Limited
  • Acoustical Consultants: Cerami
  • Lighting Consultants: Benya Burnett
  • Biophilia Consultants: Terrapin Bright Green
  • Commissioning Agent: Bios

*This tour was created in partnership with the University of Florida, Department of Interior Design


Take an interactive tour of ASID HQ’s new office.