Designer of Distinction

Designer of Distinction

This 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.

Photo: 2017 Winner, Steven Clem

The ASID Designer of Distinction 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. 


Nominees must be ASID professional members in good standing who have practiced interior design for at least 10 years.

Ken Wilson, ASID, FAIA, LEED® Fellow

2018 Designer of Distinction Award Winner - Ken Wilson, ASID, FAIA, LEED Fellow

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.

Previous Award Winners

2018:   Ken Wilson, ASID, FAIA, LEED® Fellow
2017:   Steve Clem, ASID, FAIA
2016:   Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED Fellow
2015:   Sonya Dufner, FASID
2014:   Tama Duffy Day, FASID, FIIDA, LEED AP BD+C
2013:   Robert Wright, FASID
2012:   Rosalyn Cama, FASID
2011:   Mariette Himes Gomez, ASID
2010:   Kirsten Childs, ASID, LEED AP
2009:   Darrell Schmitt, FASID
2007:   Nila Lieserowitz, FASID
2006:   Penny Bonda, FASID
2005:   Barbara Barry, FASID
2004:   Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID
2003:   Eleanor Brydone, FASID
2002:   Hugh Latta, FASID and Margaret McCurry, ASID
2001:   William Hodgins, ASID
2000:   Paul Vincent Wiseman, ASID
1999:   Gary Wheeler, FASID
1998:   Janet Schirn, FASID
1997:   Phyllis Martin-Vegue, ASID
1996:   Joseph Minton, ASID
1995:   Andre Staffelbach, ASID
1994:   Charles D. Gandy, FASID
1993:   Trisha Wilson, ASID
1992:   Richard Himmel, FASID
1991:   John F. Saladino, ASID
1990:   Sarah Tomerlin Lee, ASID