We designers know interior design has an immense power to impact the human experience. We see it every day. I’m humbled by the dedication ASID members show to this practice; it enables solutions, brings about change and supports well-being. The Society remains committed to ensuring the vitality of our profession by recognizing and broadly communicating the impact of our work.
The ASID Design Awards celebrate the colleagues among us whose commitment to the design industry is proving our value. They recognize interior designers and allies who have achieved the highest level of excellence in our industry, outstanding members of the design community who demonstrate a commitment to advancing the profession and harnessing the power of design to improve the human experience.
I’m proud of the 2014 winners. They have made significant contributions in the fields of healthcare, workplace and residential design; education and research; and technology innovation. Their body of work is impressive and I join my fellow volunteer leaders in offering heartfelt congratulations to each winner.
As ASID Designer of Distinction, Tama Duffy Day, FASID, demonstrates the measurable effects design has on productivity, efficiency and wellness. Her practice captures the healing capabilities of interior design and her mentorship inspires the next generation of designers.
Judith Heerwagen works at the intersection of design and psychology. Her efforts at the U.S. General Services Administration to improve environmental and human health earned her the ASID Design for Humanity award. And her pioneering research in biophilia examines how natural elements can be used in design to influence health, efficiency and outcomes.
An ASID Industry Partner, Haworth is the winner of the ASID Design Innovation award for Bluescape, its cloud-based technology designed to transform collaboration in the workplace. This visual interface connects teams across time zones to solve problems in real-time.
Amy Campos, ASID, views every project as an opportunity to improve the way we work, live and play. As winner of the Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit award, her innovative approach to interior design has proven successful in her practice and in her work teaching and mentoring design students.
As you read this issue of ICON, I hope you will be as inspired as I am about what can be achieved through design. The issue examines not only our winners and their work, but also the impact they have on those who use their spaces and products each day.
Collectively, their work is nothing short of transformative. And as ASID works to serve the full range of the interior design profession, its design leaders like these who inspire us to continue to strengthen the Society’s programs, networks and advocacy efforts. They demonstrate the strength of interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties. They validate our engagement in conversations on topics that matter: from evidenced-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being and sustainability. And they reinforce our mandate to demonstrate the impact of design on the human experience. I look forward to joining design leaders throughout the industry in honoring our 2014 Design Award winners at Celebration: The ASID Awards Gala, which will be held in June.
Our award winners renew my excitement about the future of interior design. ASID will be at the core of that future as we continue our work to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big and of the places we live with the places we work, play and heal. I encourage you to push the limits of your creativity, to tell our story to all who will listen, to inspire greatness in those around you, and to seek inspiration from all.