Press Releases
ASID Announces 2019 ASID Foundation Scholarship and Grant Recipients

ASID Foundation Provides Support for Scholarships, Education, and Research

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced the recipients of the 2019 ASID Foundation Scholarship and Grant awards. Presented to those pursuing projects that explore how interior design directly affects the well-being, health, and behavior of occupants within a space, the ASID Foundation’s annual scholarships and grants support research and expand public knowledge on the impact of design.

“We are honored to provide these opportunities to those leading the charge within the design industry to proactively build a better world for all,” states Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID, ASID CEO. “We look forward to seeing how our 2019 recipients continue to improve and impact the human experience and the design profession.”

The ASID Foundation actively provides funding and support for innovative initiatives that align with the Society’s “design impacts lives” mission. Through a variety of scholarships, awards, and grants, the ASID Foundation recognizes those who are developing and strengthening the design industry.

The Irene Winifred Eno Grant provides financial assistance to individuals or groups developing an educational program or project that is dedicated to health, safety, and welfare.

The Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding interior design research project or thesis project conducted by an undergraduate or graduate student.

The Joel Polsky Prize recognizes outstanding academic contributions to interior design through print or digital communication. Types of entries can include, but are not limited to, books, whitepapers, blogs, and videos.

The ASID Foundation Legacy Scholarship for Undergraduate Students is awarded on the basis of academic accomplishment, creative achievement, and personal statement.

The ASID Foundation Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Students is awarded on the basis of academic accomplishment, creative achievement, and personal statement.

The 2019 ASID Foundation Scholarship and Grant recipients are:

 

Irene Winifred Eno Grant

Helen TurnerHelen Turner
Assistant Professor
School of Interiors - University of Kentucky

 

 

 

 

 

Stephanie SicklerStephanie Sickler
Assistant Professor and Foundations Coordinator
Department of Interior Architecture and Design - Florida State University

 

 

 

 

Abstract

“The intent of this project is to create a MATERIAL-BOX program that could regularly provide educators and students with “fresh” and current materials, both in terms of physical samples and educational activities.” Read more.

 

Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award

Laura HarrisLaura Harris
Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design
Brenau University

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

“Research indicates that social development is important for the health of adolescents, suggesting a need for additional interior design methods in educational facility planning that encourage student engagement. The purpose of this study is to determine the degree to which middle school educators perceive the built environment of secondary educational facilities influencing the social development of adolescents.” Read more.

 

Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award (Honorable Mention)

Amanda Grace HunterAmanda Grace Hunter
Intern/Graduate Student
Peace Design/SCAD Atlanta

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract

“The purpose of this study is to understand how to create a safe environment that can foster the healing process in adolescents who have experienced trauma after a mass shooting. It is important to understand how interior design can create a restorative built environment to assist students who need to go back to school, yet suffer from PTSD, by creating trauma-informed guidelines for designers.” Read more.

 

Joel Polsky Prize

Beth McGee, Ph.D., Allied ASIDBeth McGee, Ph.D., Allied ASID
Assistant Professor/Program
Coordinator for Interior Design
Georgia Southern University

 

 

 

 

Abstract

“People innately need to connect with nature. Stephen Kellert proposed a list of biophilic attributes (2008) which he used to develop the Biophilic Design Matrix (BDM) to operationalize biophilic design for interior designers in 24 different spaces. The study further refined BDM through a participatory design that used designers’ feedback, including a request for online access. The outcomes show that the designer driven tool is not a checklist but a language useful throughout the design process, and an educational aid.” Read more.

 

Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Students

Seammala Sun, Student ASIDSeammala Sun, Student ASID
Graduate, Master of Interior Architecture
Cal Poly Pomona
Read more.

 
 

 

 
 

Legacy Scholarship for Undergraduate Students

Emily Rayna ShawEmily Rayna Shaw
Undergraduate Student, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design
Endicott College
Read more.

 

 

 

 

For more information on the ASID Foundation and how to donate, please visit asid.org/foundation/reasons-to-give. For further information on the 2019 ASID Foundation and Grant Awardees and their project abstracts, please visit asid.org/foundation/scholarship-awardees.

About ASID

The American Society of Interior Designers 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 human-centric 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.