The holiday season is upon us, and ASID members have a great deal to celebrate this year! From our profession’s point of view, we’ve had one of the strongest years in recent memory in terms of interior design activity, and data indicate that ongoing improvements in the economy will carry forward into next year. The latest ASID Interior Design Billings Index report shows project inquiries at their highest level in the past three years, and it forecasts strong momentum for the industry in 2015.
But the good news doesn’t stop there. From our chapters’ accomplishments to our national efforts, ASID has had a great year, too.
It’s no secret that so many of the Society’s biggest goals are accomplished largely through the hard work and dedication of ASID chapters. From their meticulous strategic planning, to their tireless encouragement of students, to their record-setting response to the 2014 Chapter Challenge, ASID chapters consistently delivered top results this year.
At the national level, the Society held the first Design to Lead Summit in Atlanta in May and our fourth GO PRO/NYC in September, helping to launch the next generation of design leaders. We also initiated new strategic collaborations. In partnership with several organizations, we announced a new Clinton Global Initiative commitment to develop the “ASID Protocols for Health and Wellness in Design,” which will be used to train interior designers and architects across the country to create spaces that promote occupants’ health and to specify healthier products and materials.
The Society also signed a cooperative Friendship Agreement with the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) to strengthen ties with interior lighting professionals and to promote the technical disciplines of lighting design, lighting application, and interior design. And we joined an alliance with other design and construction organizations to advance resilience in contemporary planning, building materials, design, and construction. At the state level, our advocacy efforts helped to achieve a victory in Massachusetts that expanded designers’ practice rights to include bidding on state projects, and in California we helped to defeat a bill that would have excluded interior designers from the permitting process.
The Society has been at the forefront of major movements that have transformed the industry, including sustainable design, design for aging, design for people with special needs, and evidence-based design. In addition, ASID has been a strong supporter of formal interior design education and of efforts to help students make the transition from school to practice. The Society has helped emerging professionals to advance their careers and has assisted experienced practitioners as they grow their businesses.
And let’s not forget the thousands of volunteers who have developed their planning and leadership skills through ASID programs and opportunities. We know so many of you have built upon these skills to make a difference in your practice and in the profession, and we are extremely grateful to those of you who continue to give back by mentoring and educating the next generation of designers.
All of these efforts contribute to the Society’s singular impact on the design community. As the only association that speaks for the entire profession, ASID for the past four decades has led the industry in a myriad ways, including:
- Protecting designers’ rights to practice
- Providing quality professional education
- Improving designers’ business skills
- Conducting and supporting design research
- Advancing the interior design body of knowledge
- Strengthening ties with the larger design and building communities
ASID looks forward to celebrating these achievements with you as we observe the Society’s 40th anniversary next year. Look for special events and programming throughout the year at the national and chapter levels, highlighted by Celebration: The ASID Awards Gala, July 18, in Boston.
Thanks to your efforts, we can be proud of being part of an organization that has achieved so much. Certainly one of the Society’s greatest accomplishment is creating a vibrant, welcoming community that has strengthened our profession and fostered countless friendships, mentorships, and partnerships over the years.
Happy holidays, everyone!
Stephanie Clemons, Ph.D., FASID, FIDEC
ASID National Chair, Board of Directors