ASID Ones to Watch

 

Looking to lead? We're looking for you

ASID recognizes the need to grow diversity and inclusion in the interior design profession. Through ASID Ones to Watch, the Society supports rising leaders to ensure that diversity is reflected at all levels of the industry.

Each year, the ASID Ones to Watch program identifies and recognizes rising leaders in the interior design industry who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and a willingness to push the boundaries of the profession. They are poised to take the next leap in their careers. Up to 20 applicants will be honored as ASID Ones to Watch Award Winners within four unique categories: Design Excellence, Education Leadership, Manufacturing Leadership, and Volunteer Leadership.

Emphasis will be placed on participants whose backgrounds are currently under-represented in management roles in the interior design industry, including women, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ, and persons with disabilities.

From the 20 award winners, the Society will select up to eight ASID Ones to Watch Scholars to participate in an exciting leadership development training program. The two-year program teaches Scholars to lead with authenticity through experiential learning, coaching, and mentoring. In the first year, Scholars learn to leverage and embrace their unique perspectives and backgrounds to excel in their careers. During the second year, Scholars have the opportunity to serve as mentors to the next class of ASID Ones to Watch Scholars.

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2018 Ones to Watch Award Winners

Ariel Cox, Allied ASID
Ariel Cox, Allied ASID

Interior Designer, A.Clore Interiors

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Cara Rude, ASID, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP
Cara Rude, ASID, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP

Associate Principal, Director of Interior Design, McCool Carlson Green Architect

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Ariel Cox, Allied ASID

A graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelors in Interior Design, Ariel Cox specializes in space planning, material selection, and number crunching. Her design philosophy focuses on aesthetic, everyday use and function while constructing environments through creative new aspects of design. She believes design brings a story to life. Ariel impacts the lives of orphans in Eldoret, Kenya through the  philanthropic work of her 501(c)3 non-profit, My Child Ministries. She is an interior designer with A.Clore Interiors and works with residential and commercial clients as well as volunteers in her local community. She serves on the ASID Florida North Chapter board as communications director.

Cara Rude, ASID, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP

Cara Rude is passionate about design that creates a regenerative lifestyle through healthy materials and biophilic design principals, and educates professionals, policy makers, and the public on the impact of healthier building design.

Cara has advanced the manufacturing industry through her implementation and authorship of the MCG Transparency Initiative and the Red List Free Champaign which have measurable effects on project specifications, facilitating a change in building material manufacturing and labeling. As a member of the ‘Healthy Materials Collaborative’ she has worked to share a collective Transparency letter as and a community digital library known as ‘Mindful Materials’.

Cara’s educational ambassadorship with the International Living Future Institute has positioned her as a national advocate in health and resiliency in the built environment. As the NEWH NW Chapter, Sustainable Chair, she has become a speaker with the National NEWH Green Voice, providing thoughtful sustainable design content at conferences around the country.

Cara was the first WELL AP in the state of Alaska, served as president of ASID Alaska Chapter, and is a dedicated member of the ASID Government Affairs Committee.

2018 Ones to Watch Award Winners and Scholars

Vivien Chen
Vivien Chen

Interior Designer, HOK

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Hannah Grau, Allied ASID
Hannah Grau, Allied ASID

Head Designer, Fortuna Enterprises, LLC

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Meena Krenek, ASID
Meena Krenek, ASID

Design Director, Gensler

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Vivien Chen

Vivien Chen is a detail-oriented designer with a strong passion for design excellence in dynamic and innovative environments. Growing up in a mixture of cultures, she draws on her experience of diverse values for her design aesthetic. Her creativity in interior architectural design brings a unique perspective to each design environment, allowing her to work closely with various project teams to achieve the goals and culture desired by the client. She believes good design is an expression of many contradictions: one that is simple yet complex, considers form and function, possess a timeless quality, but pushes the boundaries of design.

Hannah Grau, Allied ASID

Hannah Grau is an interior designer who curates complete hospitality designs from building locations to finished plate settings. Enthusiastic in nature, industrious by discipline, and inventive through imagination, she fuses approachability with expertise to create dynamic interior strategies. She has led designs for nine coffee shops, eighteen restaurants, five mixed-use spaces, and two retail stores in nine states across the country. Hannah is a LEED GA, a member of ASID, and is known for forecasting trends in the restaurant industry and translating them to clients and projects of all budgets and sizes. She believes design should be involved in all elements of a space to create something truly functional and beautiful for staff and consumers alike. She received a B.S. in Interior Design from High Point University and a certificate in sustainable design and architecture from the Lorenzo de Medici School of Art and Design.

Meena Krenek, ASID

Meena Krenek is an award-winning design director who has transformed her clients’ companies by strengthening their corporate cultures through experiential design. Meena focuses on creating environments that are inspiring and unique to the needs of the business of each client. She is focused on integrating architecture and interior design to create solutions that encourage emotional connections with space.

Meena considers space and form at many scales while understanding the importance of the human experience through design. Her strength is design that tells a story and encourages the end user to embark on a unique brand journey every day. Her design leadership at Gensler fosters innovative thinking for experiential design and brings a unique and thoughtful thoroughness and unforgettable, dynamic energy to all of her projects.

Kate Magee, ASID
Kate Magee, ASID

Interior Project Designer, Perkins + Will

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Haley Nelson, ASID, LEED AP, WELL AP
Haley Nelson, ASID, LEED AP, WELL AP

Senior Associate / Senior Interior Project Designer, Perkins + Will

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Melissa Pribyl, ASID
Melissa Pribyl, ASID

Interior Designer, McCool Carlson Green Architects

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Kate Magee, ASID

Kate Magee has experience in each phase of the design process, from visioning and programming to contract documentation and contract administration. Her portfolio spans a wide range of corporate, not-for-profit, association, government, and hospitality interiors projects. Kate is particularly passionate about translating her clients’ mission and vision to their physical space. A former Division 1 collegiate gymnast, 12-time marathoner, and avid fitness enthusiast, Kate extends her commitment to healthy living to her design work by creating spaces that promote well-being, increased productivity, and overall happiness.

Haley Nelson, ASID, LEED AP, WELL AP

Haley Nelson has experience in a range of corporate, non-profit, association, and law firm projects with solutions that explore the connection between the human experience and design, promoting future-facing workplace solutions. Haley is a LEED and WELL Accredited Professional who takes an active role in encouraging sustainable design solutions and design for well-being in her projects. Many of her projects have achieved the highest levels of certification, have been published, and have won design and sustainability awards.

Haley has the ability to see the big picture in her approach to design considering at once a deep understanding of the client, the dynamics of her design team, the realities of schedule and budget, technical issues, and robust knowledge of products, materials, sustainability, and wellness.

Haley is a thought-leader and has presented at numerous venues such as NeoCon, NeoCon East, DesignDC, and the SMPS Mid-Atlantic Conference on topics ranging from trends in workplace design based on a self-initiated research project to a study on lighting in the open office and pro bono design.

Melissa Pribyl, ASID

Melissa Pribyl was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska where the people and places influenced her to become equally passionate about sustainable design practices and increasing the wellness of our interior spaces. With over ten years of design experience, she enhances the way the interior environment interacts with individuals, believing that the ‘people are the heartbeat of the place.’ Both personally and professionally, Melissa aims to create environments that help people reach their potential and thrive and is committed to mentorship, volunteerism, and wellness advocacy. With a passion to create and a dedication to her studies, Melissa earned a B.S. in Interior Design from Northern Arizona University.

Bonnie Slater, ASID
Bonnie Slater, ASID

Regional Health & Wellness Practice Area Leader, Gensler

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Sandra Diaz-Velasco, ASID
Sandra Diaz-Velasco, ASID

Owner/Principal, EOLO Design Architecture & Interior Design

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Bonnie Slater, ASID

Bonny Slater specializes in creating inspiring environments to support health and wellness. With a background in design and environmental psychology, she brings a unique perspective to her projects.  Her research-driven approach seeks to craft meaningful experiences by meeting physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. 

Bonny’s research has included the study of color in immersive environments, design considerations in behavioral health facilities, and the cultural implications of evidence-based design. Her recent work focuses on the connections between engagement, design, and population health in community health centers. She has received awards from ASID, AIA, Contract and Healthcare Design, and has been featured in Metropolis, Contract, Healthcare Design, and Architectural Record. She frequently contributes to the GenslerOn blog, where she advances thought leadership around designing to support health and wellness.

Sandra Diaz-Velasco, ASID

Sandra Diaz-Velasco emphasizes emotion, detail, and craftsmanship in her award-winning work. Uniting architecture, interior design, and artistry, and guided by a philosophy of constant renovation and environmental preservation, her company,EOLO, is highly sought-after for luxury projects in and beyond Florida.

Sandra is a member of AIA and ASID and is a passionate advocate for career advancement for women in the fields or architecture and construction. She is on the board of the Association of Women Architects & Engineers.

The recipient of AIA Miami’s 2017 Merit Award for Interior Architecture, Sandra has had her designs showcased by Décorbook Worldwide, Luxe Interior & Design, the Miami Herald, and the American Society of Interior Design.

 

Benefits for Award Winners
  • Establish new professional connections with peers and industry leaders
  • Gain national recognition
  • Expand participation at ASID events and conferences as invited guests
  • Access leadership opportunities with ASID and the design community

 

 

Additional Benefits for Scholars
  • Receive one-on-one and group executive leadership coaching
  • Receive complimentary registrations and travel stipends to select ASID national programs in 2018 and 2019
  • Access to personalized learning based on career goals
  • Unique access to mentors and peer networking
  • Gain volunteer experiences to enhance leadership potential
  • Earn national media exposure

 

Timeline

December 5, 2018
ASID Ones to Watch opens

February 13, 2019
All submissions due (submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EDT on February 13, 2019.)

March 2019
Jury meets

April 2019
ASID Ones to Watch Award Recipients and Scholars Informed

July 2019
ASID Ones to Watch Award Winners and Scholars announced at The Leadership Experience: Presented by ASID in Atlanta (three day commitment for incoming scholars)

August 2019
Skills and Leadership Assessment for all 2019 ASID Ones to Watch Award Winners and Scholars

 

Eligibility

  • Active employment in the interior design industry
  • 5 - 15 years of experience in the interior design industry
  • On a path to a senior and/or executive-level position in the interior design industry
  • Applicants for the Design Excellence category must be employed by a firm with at least 25 employees
  • Belong to an under-represented group in industry management roles including women, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ, and persons with disabilities
  • ASID membership is not required to be considered for the ASID Ones to Watch Awards but is required for those selected as ASID Ones to Watch Scholars. Applicants do not need to be members to apply
  • Current employees of Steelcase and Autodesk and their direct competitors are not eligible
  • Fully committed to participating in the Ones to Watch Scholars program if selected, and have employer’s support

Cost

  • $49 per submission

2017 ASID Ones to Watch Award Winners and Scholars

Gracie Andraos, ASID
Gracie Andraos, ASID

Design Excellence

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Sarah Barnard,  Allied ASID, LEED AP, WELL AP
Sarah Barnard, Allied ASID, LEED AP, WELL AP

Volunteer Leadership

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Nina Briggs, Allied ASID
Nina Briggs, Allied ASID

Education Leadership

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Gracie Andraos, ASID

HKS | Dallas, TX

Gracie Andraos is a premier workplace designer at HKS, leading teams for such corporate interiors as Expedia, Topgolf, and American Beacon Advisors. A design leader with forward thinking creativity, Andraos’ client-driven work ethic and collaborative attitude have propelled over 14 years of successful projects. She creates effective workplace environments by listening to her client’s needs, thoughtful space planning, and designing with thorough attention to detail. The results are top-performing workplaces that transform organizations and the employees inside them.

Sarah Barnard, Allied ASID, LEED AP, WELL AP

Sarah Barnard Design | Santa Monica, CA

Sarah Barnard is a member of ASID, is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED AP. She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors, and specializes in sustainable interior design and historic preservation. Barnard’s diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas, community housing, and corporate headquarters. She holds an MFA from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in art and interior architectural design.

Nina Briggs, Allied ASID

Woodbury University | Los Angeles, CA 

Nina Briggs is a founding principal of THE FABRIC with an extensive portfolio that includes compelling architecture and interiors where design response and execution is holistically applied and integrated into spatial quality, furnishings, materials, color, lighting, and sustainability. Briggs received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California, and has been an educator of architecture and interior design since 1997 in colleges throughout Southern California. Briggs seeks to elevate and redefine design to positively affect inhabitants psychologically, while solving spatial problems.

Kelsey Kees, ASID, LEED AP
Kelsey Kees, ASID, LEED AP

Volunteer Leadership

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Bridget Schmitt, ASID
Bridget Schmitt, ASID

Design Excellence

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Angelita Scott, ASID
Angelita Scott, ASID

Education Leadership

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Kelsey Kees, ASID, LEED AP

SFCS Architects | Roanoke, VA

Kelsey Kees is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s Interior Design program and is a LEED AP. Kees designed higher education and corporate sector projects for Teresa Ko – Commercial Interiors in Blacksburg, Virginia, and is now with SFCS Inc. in Roanoke, Virginia, working on senior living design projects. She has served in many positions with the ASID Virginia Chapter including IT Task Force Committee Chair, Social Media Chair, Co-Chair for the Designer Silent Auction, Communications Director, Finance Director, President-Elect, and currently serves as chapter President.

Bridget Schmitt, ASID

IA Interior Architects | Chicago, IL

Bridget Schmitt is an accomplished interior designer who creates fitted solutions for a diverse range of commercial clients. She has been a designer at IA for seven years and is dedicated to continual learning and exploration of design ideas. Schmitt was the lead designer for the innovative 161 North Clark Street 5-Star Service Center and has provided unique and effective solutions for well-established hospitality, education, and corporate clients, including American Medical Association, William Blair, and CBRE Global Investors. She believes that successful design not only supports clients’ business objectives by enhancing the aesthetics and performance of their work environments, but at its core, improves people’s lives. She is devoted to empowering people and businesses with functional, beautiful, and informed design conceptualized in the interest of their well-being.  

Angelita Scott, ASID

Georgia Southern University | Statesboro, GA

Angelita Scott is an assistant professor of Interior Design at Georgia Southern University. Her research takes a salutogenic approach to the interior environment and focuses on the intersection of the built environment and psychological and physiological well-being, and the intersection of culture and the built environment. Through these perspectives she focuses on stress reduction and occupant satisfaction. Scott has worked in the interior design profession as a practitioner, educator, and researcher for nearly 15 years and has worked as a marketing professional for non-profit organizations. Scott earned a Ph.D. in interior design with a focus on evidence-based design from the University of Minnesota and holds a Master of Business Communication certificate from the University of St. Thomas. Scott believes interior designers have the ability to make great contributions to the human condition by supporting behavior, development, and health. Through the lens of well-being and social justice, she hopes to empower her students and position them as future change agents for the interior design profession.

Erin Trofholz, ASID, LEED AP
Erin Trofholz, ASID, LEED AP

Design Excellence

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Brooke Williams, Allied ASID
Brooke Williams, Allied ASID

Volunteer Leadership

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Erin Trofholz, ASID, LEED AP

 Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture | Omaha, NE

Erin Trofholz’ collaborative style allows for an open, engaging approach to the entire interior design process. With a diverse background in programming, space planning, design, and furniture/finish selection, Trofholz brings a well-rounded approach to some of Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture’s (APMA) most complex projects. Her work seamlessly incorporates thoughtful design elements to create beautiful, welcoming, and functional spaces, including some of the University of Nebraska’s most celebrated buildings, housing for the underserved, historic buildings turned modern offices, and public libraries across the state. Since 2009, she has served as an adjunct professor in Interior Design at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. As a partner at APMA, Erin is responsible for overseeing the firm’s Studio Alliance, an internal group dedicated to maximizing office efficiency and function as well as fostering employee engagement and satisfaction.

Brooke Williams, Allied ASID

The Designer Agent | San Diego, CA

Brooke Williams is passionate about her philosophy that everyone deserves design and offers her clientele a balance of creativity, forward thinking, and budget focused design solutions.

After serving as an Information Systems Technician in the Navy, Williams enrolled at the Design Institute of San Diego where she earned a BFA in Interior Design. She has served in various ASID board and committee positions on both the local and national level. Williams’ firm blends real estate and interior design and helps people find and design their new homes. She has recently started a nonprofit charity, Design for a Difference, which serves single parent families struggling with poverty and/or recovering from homelessness.

2017 ASID Ones to Watch Award Winners

Francisco Barron
Francisco Barron

Design Excellence

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Grace Eun, ASID
Grace Eun, ASID

Design Excellence

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Corinn Hanson
Corinn Hanson

Design Excellence

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Francisco Barron

HKS | Dallas, TX  

Grace Eun, ASID

Clive Wilkinson Architects | Los Angeles, CA 

Corinn Hanson

BOX Studios | Chicago

Eric Haydel, Allied ASID
Eric Haydel, Allied ASID

Volunteer Leadership

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Leah Hofferkamp
Leah Hofferkamp

Design Excellence

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Julie Liepold, Allied ASID
Julie Liepold, Allied ASID

Volunteer Leadership

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Eric Haydel, Allied ASID

Eric Haydel Design | Boston, MA

Leah Hofferkamp

HOK | St. Louis, MO 

Julie Liepold, Allied ASID

Liepold Design Group LLC | Millburn, NJ

Betty Torrell, ASID
Betty Torrell, ASID

Education Leadership

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Natalia Trepchina-Worden, ASID
Natalia Trepchina-Worden, ASID

Education Leadership

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Liz Wirgau
Liz Wirgau

Manufacturing Leadership

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Betty Torrell, ASID

Alfred State College | Alfred, NY

Natalia Trepchina-Worden, ASID

Design Institute of San Diego | San Diego, CA  

Liz Wirgau

Byrne | Kent City, MI