2018 ASID National Award Winners Announced

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is honored to announce the recipients of the 2018 ASID National Awards. Each year, ASID celebrates those who advance the interior design profession and showcase the impact of design to positively change people’s lives. The National Awards represent the highest level of professional recognition bestowed by the Society on individuals and organizations. 

“ASID is proud to support and recognize leading professionals who continually push boundaries to demonstrate the impact of design,” said ASID CEO Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID. “The 2018 ASID National Award winners are true visionaries whose accomplishments inspire and teach us how design can make a significant, positive difference in the world.”

Designer of Distinction

Honors an ASID professional member who has established a body of superior work demonstrating creativity, excellence, and innovation. This is the premier award for personal achievement and social consciousness in the interior design field.

Design for Humanity

Honors an individual or institution for contributions made to improve the human experience through environmentally friendly and health-focused interior design projects or activities that demonstrate a far-reaching impact.

Design Innovation

Honors an individual, institution, manufacturer, or research team for producing an innovative project, product, or body of work that makes a significant contribution to the advancement of the field of interior design.

Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Award

Pays tribute to the accomplishments of McClelland, an ardent advocate for professional recognition and the first woman president of the American Institute of Decorators (now ASID) from 1941-1944. The award honors an individual, organization, manufacturer, or research team for outstanding support of the interior design profession.

2018 Designer of Distinction

Ken Wilson, ASID, FAIA, LEED Fellow

Design Principal


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2018 Designer of Distinction

Ken Wilson is the interior design principal at Perkins+Will’s Washington, D.C. office. His work includes a variety of project in architecture, interiors, graphics, and product design, and his clients include several of the nation’s leading environmental organizations, socially responsible associations, nonprofits, and corporations. Ken’s projects have been published internationally and have received over 120 national and local design awards. In 2005, he was named “Designer of the Year” by Contract magazine, one of the industry’s highest honors. A leader in sustainability, Ken was a key participant in the development of the original LEED Rating System for both commercial interiors and Core & Shell projects, and was the first architect to hold fellowships in AIA, IIDA, and GBCI.

In 1999, Ken started his own firm, Envision, with a focus on sustainability and changing the status quo. He credits his first client, Greenpeace, with a life changing learning experience that continues to inform his work today. In 2012, Envision was acquired by Perkins+Will, a global design firm that shares Ken’s values and has enhanced his ability to innovate. His other projects include the ASID Headquarters, the first space in the world to achieve both Platinum Level Certification for the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™) under WELL v1 and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), under the LEED ID+C rating; The Nashville, Tennessee office of former Vice President Al Gore,  designed to attain the highest level of sustainability in a commercial office interior and the highest scoring LEED-CI project in existence at the time; the Washington, D.C. office of the Environmental Defense Fund, the first LEED-CI project in the Mid-Atlantic region; the USGBC headquarters in Washington, D.C., the first project to achieve platinum certification under the new LEED-CI v3 rating system; and the Recording Industry Association Of America Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; among many others.

2018 Design for Humanity Winner


Principal & Founder

JSR Associates, Inc.

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2018 Design for Humanity Winner

Jane M. Rohde champions a global cultural shift toward de-institutionalizing senior living and healthcare facilities through her practice, person-centered principles, research and advocacy, and design of the built environment. She is the principal of JSR Associates, Inc., which she formed in response to the gap between outcomes, operations, and design of the physical setting.

Through continued practice, Jane has positively impacted the lives of older adults, those with special needs, and the staff that provides care and services to vulnerable populations. Her projects include Cypress Garden Senior Living, China’s first resident-centered care community; the “LIVEWELL” Intergenerational Community, an intentionally designed multi-generational setting that will support person-centered care including educational training and research programs; and Bastion Community of Resilience in New Orleans, an intentional community for Wounded Warriors, their families, retired veterans, and civilians that provides supportive community based services for soldiers with Traumatic Brain injury, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other injuries sustained during combat.

2018 Design Innovation Winner

Paul Scialla


International WELL Building Instituteā„¢

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2018 Design Innovation Winner

After 18 years on Wall Street, including 10 at Goldman Sachs as a partner, Paul Scialla’s interest in altruistic capitalism and sustainability led him to establish the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), which administers the WELL Building Standard® globally to improve human health and well-being through the built environment. Developed through seven years of rigorous research in collaboration with leading physicians, scientists, and industry professionals, WELL is the first building standard focused exclusively on the ways that buildings, and everything in them, affect the comfort and well-being of the people inside. By monitoring seven core concepts of building performance that have been scientifically proven to positively impact human health and wellness, including air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind, WELL works in the background to improve our comfort, drive better health choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, our overall wellness. Additionally, IWBI has committed 51 percent of net profits, after taxes, generated by registration fees, certification fees, and recertification fees received from real estate projects applying for WELL Certification, toward charitable contributions and impact investment focused on health, wellness, and the built environment. Since IWBI’s inception, Paul has become a leading voice in the sustainability movement, serving as a keynote speaker at prominent green building, real estate, and technology forums and conferences around the world. He is also the founder and CEO of Delos, a New York-based wellness real estate and technology firm, a member of the board of directors for the Chopra Foundation, and a founding board member of the JUST Capital Foundation.

2018 Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Award Winner

Tamie Glass, ASID

Associate Professor, Interior Design Program Director; Fellow of Gene Edward Mikeska Endowed Chair

School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin

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2018 Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Award Winner

Tamie Glass teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in interior design at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Her intercontinental career launched at Daimler in Germany with the creation of corporate identity projects for the Mercedes-Benz brand, followed by four years in London with Virgile & Stone and Conran and Partners. Her expertise extends from high-end hospitality and retail projects throughout the EU and Asia to wellness, corporate, and residential designs in the U.S.

Her forthcoming book, “Prompt: Socially Engaging Objects and Environments,” will be published by Birkhäuser Switzerland in the summer of 2018. As a thought-starter for designers, it explores modes of psychosocial interaction and engagement within spaces. She will continue to explore design and human behavior as a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment in the spring of 2019.

Tamie holds NCIDQ certification, is a Registered Interior Designer in the State of Texas, and maintains an Austin-based design practice with Associate Professor Ulrich Dangel. Since 2008, she has been the recipient of nearly thirty local, regional, and national design awards including the 2012 Interior Design Educators Council Creative Scholarship Best in Show, the 2011 ASID Educator Design Excellence Award, and the 2014 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award by The University of Texas System.

The ASID National Award winners were selected by a panel of judges comprised of professional members and representatives from the design community. This year’s prestigious panel of judges included: Steve Clem, ASID, principal, tvsdesign, 2017 ASID Designer of Distinction winner; Denise Rush, ASID, interim dean, School of Interior Architecture, Boston Architectural College; and Mark Strauss, president emeritus, Interior Design Media.

The ASID National Award winners will be honored at Celebration – The ASID Awards Gala, on July 21, 2018, in Washington, D.C.