Industry Partner Merit Award

The Industry Partner (IP) Merit award honors those who have shown outstanding and significant service to their chapters of the Society, have made contributions that have enhanced the chapter or Society, and who have enriched the human experience through support of the design profession. The IP Merit award is the highest Industry Partner award bestowed by the Society.

All nominees for the Industry Partner Merit Award must fulfill two of the three following criteria. Each of the two criteria will count equally in the scoring:

1. Outstanding service to the Chapter and to the profession of interior design in one or more the following:

  • Service on a chapter board or committee
  • Genuine commitment to advancing the chapter’s strategic plan goals
  • Significant contribution to chapter projects or programs such as fundraisers, community service, and enrichment (continuing education, trade shows, public awareness, etc.)

2. Significant local, regional, or national contributions to the interior design profession in one of more the following:

  • Advancement of favorable legislation;
  • Contributions in the fields of education and/or research
  • Service in leadership roles in related organizations such as NCIDQ, CIDA, etc.
  • Participation in government task forces, review committees, and/or licensing boards
  • Service on national councils, committees, task forces, and/or boards of directors

3. Significant and continued contributions that have enriched the human experience in one or more of the following design-related fields:

  • Impact of design
  • Community involvement and leadership (including pro-bono work)
  • Research of lasting significance
  • Design innovation

To be eligible, IP Merit award nominees must be current ASID Industry Partner members in good standing who have demonstrated significant chapter involvement for five or more years. Current national board members, fellows, or members of the ASID National Examiners Committee are ineligible.

Submission Guidelines
The following must be submitted for each nominee:

  1. Completed online nomination form containing endorsements by at least three chapter board members OR ASID members in good standing.
  2. A detailed summary stating how the candidate meets the eligibility criteria.
  3. A bulleted list, arranged chronologically, substantiating the nominee’s involvement for a minimum of five years (e.g., list the candidate's honors, awards, citations, offices, and chair positions held, and the year in which they were held).
  4. Three reference letters substantiating the nominee’s eligibility and outstanding efforts.

Each chapter is allowed one nomination for every 300 professional members. This translates into one nominee for the first 300 professional members; two nominees for chapter membership between 301 and 600, and so on. If a nominee has served more than one chapter, the nominating chapter must count this submission as their first permitted nominee. However, the chapter where the member previously served may still nominate a current chapter member. ASID members can also nominate independently from an ASID chapter. A nomination by an ASID member does not override a chapter nomination or reduce the allowable number of nominations.