ASID National Awards

The ASID National Awards represent the Society’s highest level of professional recognition.

The awards primarily recognize a body of work created over the course of a career rather than a specific member achievement. However, institutions, corporations, and patrons may be recognized for specific exemplary projects or product innovation.

Each year, the Society appoints a jury of esteemed ASID members, fellows, and members of the design community to review all submissions.

Designer of Distinction

The Designer of Distinction Award recognizes an ASID professional member who exemplifies a commitment to the profession as demonstrated by a significant, high-quality body of work representing excellence in interior design. The award also celebrates attention to social concerns within the interior design profession and the expression of creative, innovative concepts that have advanced the profession and helped transform lives. This is the premier award for personal achievement and social consciousness in the interior design field.

Design Innovation

The Design Innovation Award recognizes an individual, organization, manufacturer, or research project for having produced a significant and innovative product, project, or body of work that positively impacts human behavior; promotes comfort, efficiency, or communication; exemplifies a commitment to the profession; exhibits a commitment to sustainability, health, and wellness; and displays an overall appreciation for design.

Design for Humanity

The Design for Humanity Award celebrates an individual or institution for having significantly contributed to improving the environment for humanity through design-related activities or projects that transform lives. The impact of these activities must have demonstrated far-reaching effects. The award includes, but is not limited to, environment, health and wellness, universal or barrier-free design, energy conservation, safety, communication, transportation, and technology.

Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit

The Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Award pays tribute to the work and accomplishments of Nancy Vincent McClelland, an ardent advocate for professional recognition in the interior design field and the first woman president of the American Institute of Decorators (now ASID) from 1941-1944. This award honors individuals, organizations, manufacturers, or research projects for outstanding support of the interior design profession through education, research, promotion of the value or impact of interior design, or another significant contribution.


2018 Timeline

November 15, 2017 – National Award nominations open

December 6, 2017 –  National Award nominations close

December 13, 2017 – ASID reaches out to eligible nominees and provides candidates with application packet.

February 14, 2018 – Deadline for candidates to submit application packet. Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on February 14, 2018.

March 2018 – Jury meets

March 2018 – National Award recipients informed

July 21, 2018 – 2018 National Award recipients recognized at Celebration: The ASID Awards Gala in Washington, D.C.