ASID Ones to Watch

 

ASID Introduces the Ones to Watch Program

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

The new ASID Ones to Watch program will identify and recognize 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. Eligibility ranges from emerging professional to advanced designer with the goal of honoring individuals who are ready and eager to advance within the profession.

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

Supported by

2017 ASID Ones to Watch Scholars

Gracie Andraos, ASID
Gracie Andraos, ASID

Design Excellence

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

Volunteer Leadership

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Nina Briggs
Nina Briggs

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

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

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

Western Carolina University | Sylva, NC

Natalia Trepchina-Worden, ASID

Design Institute of San Diego | San Diego, CA  

Liz Wirgau

Byrne | Kent City, MI  

All the 2017 submissions were evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges who considered the applicant’s intended impact on the design industry, their demonstrated career success, the originality and creativity of their portfolio, and the recommendations submitted with their application. Scholars were selected according to their overall score and their potential to excel from the leadership training experience. The panel included: Rich Isphording, vice president of Strategic Alliances and Applied Research + Consulting, Steelcase; Tama Duffy Day, FASID, principal, Health & Wellness Practice Area Leader, Gensler; J.D. Sassaman, senior Creative Workshop manager, Autodesk; and Denise Rush, ASID, director of Undergraduate Interior Architecture, Boston Architectural College.

 

Timeline

March 21, 2017
ASID Ones to Watch opens

May 3, 2017
All submissions due (Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on May 3, 2017)

May 2017
Jury meets

Late May 2017
Winners informed

July 13-15, 2017
ASID Ones to Watch Award Winners and Scholars announced at The Leadership Experience: Presented by ASID in San Diego (3 day commitment)

August 2017
Skills and Leadership Assessment for all 2017 ASID Ones to Watch Award Winners and Scholars

September 2017
Attend Platform: A Forum for Design Visionaries with an exclusive leadership training workshop prior to the event (Location TBD) (3 day commitment)

Sept. 2017 – March 2018
Participate in leadership development curriculum designed specifically for Ones to Watch, including one on one executive coaching and experimental learning via conference calls and virtual applications. (4-6 hours per month)

March 2018
Attend and present at SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit (Location TBD) (3 day commitment)

July 2018
Attend and present at The ASID Leadership Experience (Location TBD) (3 day commitment)

July 2018 - June 2019
Serve as a mentor to the 2018 Ones to Watch Scholars

 

Eligibility

  • Be actively employed in the interior design industry
  • Have five - 15 years of experience in the interior design industry
  • Be 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
  • Be part of an under-represented group in industry management roles including women, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ, and persons with disabilities
  • ASID membership in not required to be considered for the ASID Ones to Watch awards, but is required for those selected as leadership development scholars. Applicants do not need to be members to apply
  • Current employees of Steelcase and its direct competitors are not eligible
  • Be fully committed to participate in the Ones to Watch scholar program if selected, and have employer support

 

 

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
  • Gain volunteer experiences to enhance leadership potential
  • Receive complimentary registrations and travel stipends to select ASID national programs in 2017 and 2018
  • Access to mentors and peer networking
  • Earn national media exposure