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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.

It 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.


Barbara is one of the field’s preeminent experts and a prominent speaker on healthcare design and technology. She is a founding board member of the Center for Health Design, Former National President of American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers and author of two nationally acclaimed books – Healing Environments: What’s the Proof and Healing Environments for the Mind, Body and Spirit.

Her three decades of design experience cover virtually all types, components and sizes of domestic and international healthcare facilities, including her signature projects with the Mayo Clinics, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute of Japan, and many more.

Previous Award Winners

2019: Stephanie Clemons
2018: Tamie Glass, ASID
2017: Paula Wallace
2016: Caren S. Martin, Ph.D., 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, FASID, CAPS
2011: Jacqueline Vischer, PhD