Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit

Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit

This 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 to 1944.

Photo: 2017 Winner, Paula Wallace

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. Awards are given annually as merited. Nominees need not be ASID members.


Eligible parties include any individual, organization, manufacturer, or research project that has made lasting and significant contributions to the body of knowledge that supports the profession of interior design. National officers, board members, and award jurors are ineligible during their terms of service.

Paula Wallace

2017 Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Award Winner - Paula Wallace

Paula Wallace is a trailblazer with a long list of accomplishments that inspire us to imagine the endless possibilities of her talents. Wallace founded SCAD in 1978 and serves as the college’s president. Under her leadership, SCAD is a community of 13,000 students from nearly all 50 states and 115 countries who study in 40 academic majors and 60 minors. Wallace champions a balance between reverence and innovation in SCAD’s classrooms, labs, studios, and offices to educate future leaders in art and design. She has employed her distinctive approach to design and adaptive reuse to redeem nearly 100 historic structures throughout her career. Watch Paula Wallace's video for an inside look at her career and contributions to the design community.

Previous Award Winners

2017: Paula Wallace
2016: Caren S. Martin, Ph.D., CID, FASID
2015: Lisa Marie Tucker, Ph.D., ASID, IDEC
2014: Amy Campos, RA, ASID, IDEC, IIDA, LEED AP
2013: Linda Sorrento, FASID, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C
2012: Kerrie Kelly, ASID, CAPS
2011: Jacqueline Vischer, PhD