(June 25, 2020 - Washington, D.C.) -- The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced its first virtual awards event, honoring the design professionals, projects, and organizations who exemplify the “design impacts lives” mission. Spotlight: Celebrating ASID Awards will run July 13-16, 2020 and is a live, online celebration of the inspirational design leaders that are pushing the design industry forward with a focus on outcome-based design, sustainability, and well-being. Over its four-day span, Spotlight will recognize the ASID National Award winners, the new ASID College of Fellows Inductees, the Outcome of Design Award winners, and the Ones to Watch Award winners and scholars.
“Spotlight invites the design community to celebrate and be inspired by the individuals and organizations who are transforming our industry," remarks ASID Interim CEO Gary Wheeler, FASID. "Embodying the Society’s motto of 'Design Impacts Lives,’ these winners have showcased a remarkable dedication to the profession and are always seeking out new ways to move us forward together. Although we’re unable to celebrate in person, we look forward to recognizing their accomplishments in a brand new way - one that allows us to connect with members of our design community nationwide."
Winners of the ASID National Awards, Outcome of Design Awards, Ones to Watch, and inductees to the ASID College of Fellows will all be recognized during the live virtual event spanning July 13-16. Ed O’Keefe, CBS News Political Correspondent, will host the National Awards and Outcome of Design presentations; Jennifer Kolstad, ASID, Assoc. AIA, Global Design Director of Ford Motor Company and ASID Board of Directors Chair, will host the ASID Ones to Watch celebration; and Gary Wheeler, FASID, FIIDA, Interim ASID CEO, will host the ASID College of Fellows presentation.
ASID National Awards (July 13 | 2:30 PM EST): The Society’s highest level of professional recognition, the ASID National Awards honor those who are transforming the world through design. Awards are presented within four categories: Designer of Distinction, Design for Humanity, Design Innovation, and the Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit award. The winners of the 2020 ASID National Awards are: Kay Sargent, ASID, CID, LEED AP, MCR/W, WELL AP, Senior Principal and Director of Workplace for HOK (Designer of Distinction); George Bandy, Jr., GBCI Board of Directors, Former Chief Sustainability Officer of Mohawk (Design for Humanity), Material Bank (Design Innovation), and Barbara J. Huelat, FASID, EDAC, AAHID, Author, Interior Designer, Healing Design Strategist (Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit). The 2020 National Awards are sponsored by Cosentino and Sherwin Williams.
Ones to Watch (July 14 | 2:30 PM EST): The Ones to Watch program recognizes under-represented, rising design talent who demonstrate notable leadership, a dedication to the profession, authenticity, innovation, and inclusion. Ones to Watch prioritizes participants whose backgrounds are currently under-represented in management roles within the interior design industry, including women, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ, and persons with disabilities. From the 20 award winners, the Society selected eight ASID Ones to Watch Scholars to participate in an invaluable leadership development training program. Ones to Watch is sponsored by Steelcase.
The 2020 ASID Ones to Watch Scholars are: Kendra Locklear Ordia, ASID, RID, LEED AP: Assistant Professor - Interior Design, University of Nebraska; Santiago Rivera: Regional Foundations, Associations & Organizations Regional Leader / Associate - Gensler; Greer May, Allied ASID: Associate Principal - Studio 11 Design; Mike Goetz, ASID: Senior Project Designer - HOK; Heather Sutherland, Allied ASID: Interior Designer II - Perkins and Will; Kelsey Davidson, ASID: Principal Interior Designer - SALT, LLC; Taruan Mabry: Senior Interior Designer - ICRAVE; Madison Kester, ASID: Interior Designer - Gensler.
The 2020 ASID Ones to Watch Award Winners are: Moira Gannon Denson, ASID: Associate Professor, Interior Design - Marymount University; Melissa Hanley: Principal/CEO - StudioBlitz; Jennifer Auman: Senior Designer / Job Captain - HSK; Brooke Horan, ASID, NCIDQ, LEED AP, EDAC: Studio Interior Design Lead – HDR; Shelby Mamizuka, ASID: Senior Associate - OPX Global; Kylie Ponton, ASID: CEO / Principal Designer - Ponton Interiors; Nestor Ramos Marchena: Architect, Interior Designer - Selman Arquitectos; Laura Hendrix: Senior Associate, Senior Interior Designer - Polk Stanley Wilcox; Brennen Birch: Junior Designer - Home Studios; Shane Jones: Designer Account Executive - Sherwin-Williams; Lindsay Jones, ASID: Interior Designer - The H. Chambers Company; Rich Kinnard: Senior Associate - ForrestPerkins.
ASID College of Fellows (July 15 | 2:30 PM EST): Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship are the Society’s ultimate accolades and are granted to ASID members who have made distinguished contributions to their profession, engaged with the local and national ASID communities and made notable impact on the design industry at large. The 2020 College of Fellows inductees are: Dr. Rose Mary Botti-Salitsky, Ph.D., ASID, NCIDQ (Program Coordinator and Faculty, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth), Benjamin Huntington, ASID, NCIDQ, NYS CID, (Owner, Veritate Design LLC) and AJ Paron-Wildes, Allied ASID, WELL AP, LEED AP ID+C (National Director, Design Public Group).
Outcome of Design Awards (July 16 | 2:30 PM EST): This program focuses on the innovative designers and businesses that maximize the quantifiable effects of design on inhabitants. With metric-driven criterion including design solution and details, occupant experience, and research-based results (i.e. post-occupancy research), the Outcome of Design Awards extend beyond aesthetics to inspire a higher level of powerful design. The Outcome of Design Awards are sponsored by Herman Miller, Mohawk Group, and media partner Metropolis. The winning projects of the Outcome of Design Awards are: Sensory Well-Being Hub – HKS, Inc and M Moser Associates “Living Lab” – M Moser Associates.
For more details on Spotlight and to register for the event, please visit asid.org/events/spotlight-celebrating-asid-awards.