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ASID Announces 2018 National Honors Recipients

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is pleased to announce its 2018 National Honors recipients. The National Honors recognize outstanding service to the Society, its chapters, and the design community.

“Each year, countless volunteers contribute to the success of the Society’s chapters and mission,” said Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID, ASID CEO. “This year we are recognizing nine individuals and one chapter who have made an exemplary impact on their chapters and communities.”

ASID Medalist Award
Recognizes members who have exhibited two of the following three criteria: outstanding service to an individual chapter or to ASID; significant contributions to the interior design profession; and/or significant contributions that enrich the human experience.

Educator Medalist
Jan Merle, ASID (ASID Florida South Chapter)

C. Dianne Etheredge, ASID (ASID Texas Chapter)
Benjamin Huntington, ASID (ASID New York Metro Chapter)
Rosemarie René, ASID (ASID Texas Chapter)

Industry Partner Merit Award
Recognizes industry partners who have exhibited two of the following three criteria: outstanding service to a chapter and the profession of interior design; significant local, regional, or national contributions to the interior design profession; and/or sustained, notable contributions that have enriched the human experience.

Martin Hershbein, Industry Partner Representative of Robert Allen Duralee Group (ASID Florida South Chapter)

ASID Chapter Community Service Award
Recognizes a professional chapter that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service during the previous ASID program year. The service project should exemplify the spirit of bringing design to life in the service of others.

ASID Minnesota Chapter

People Serving People – The ASID Minnesota Chapter designed a classroom space for children who reside at a homeless shelter to get help with homework, do arts and crafts, read with volunteers, and have group meetings.

Lifetime Award
Recognizes individual members for their special contributions to ASID. This award is limited to past ASID Society-level chairs and other professional members who meet the eligibility criteria.

  • Lisa Henry, FASID (ASID Colorado Chapter)
  • Barbara Marini, Ph.D., FASID, IDEC (ASID Florida West Coast Chapter)
  • Bernadette Upton, FASID, LEED AP BD+C, CAPS, RID (ASID Florida South Chapter)
  • Donna P. Vining, FASID, RID, CAPS (ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter)

Recipients will be honored during the ASID State of the Society address on July 20 at the Washington Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. The State of the Society address is held in conjunction with The Leadership Experience: Presented by ASID

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About ASID

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and humancentric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

ASID was founded over 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big, and of the places we live with the places we work, play, and heal. Learn more at