This has been a busy spring for ASID, beginning with our program offerings at High Point Market, then ICFF, Dwell on Design, and, most recently, NeoCon. Everywhere we go, we are attracting crowds of members and non-members who are eager to learn more about us and profit from the knowledge and insights we have to share, and it shows in increased participation across all of our events. I was especially pleased to see the large turnout at Dwell on Design for Alan Siegel’s session on contracts. It affirmed for me that we continue to provide relevant and timely information to our members, when they need it and where they need it, to support their businesses and improve their practice.
Yet another example is our Interior Design 2015/2016 Outlook and State of the Industry Report, which we released at a standing-room only press conference during NeoCon. It is essential reading for anyone interested in what’s happening in our industry, the economic impact of our profession on the overall economy, and the trends that help determine where it is headed.
Our presence was pervasive at NeoCon. The ASID Illinois Chapter kicked things off Monday with a splendid luncheon that brought all the ASID members onsite together, followed by an ASID reception sponsored by Allermuir that evening. On Tuesday, the ASID Foundation and Daltile honored Rebecca Gardner as the winner of the fourth annual Daltile Interior Design Scholarship for her redesign of the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, in keeping with this year’s theme of “Design with a Greater Purpose.” Throughout the expo, hundreds of attendees stopped by the ASID booth to gather information, reconnect with colleagues, and network with ASID members from across the country.
We provided fantastic student programming at NeoCon that I was honored to participate in. Along with our invaluable and ever-popular Career Exchange, we arranged for seasoned designers and board members to give ASID student members tours of the show via the “ASID Student Roadmap.” From the showroom to the classroom, we demonstrated why we are indeed the “voice” of our profession and a leading provider of education and knowledge.
But we’re not done! In conjunction with our annual Chapter Leadership Conference, taking place in Boston next month, we will deliver the State of the Society address on Saturday, July 18, followed by Celebration, the ASID awards gala. This year’s event, being held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will be extra special in honor of the Society’s 40th anniversary. Along with the presentation of the ASID National Award winners, 2015 Class of Fellows, and Student Design Competition winner, we will recognize the Society’s Founding Members, past Designers of Distinction, and the enduring legacy of the many leaders and volunteers who have devoted their time and talents to making ASID the voice of our industry and the leading association for our profession.
ASID has much to celebrate this year. Our industry is strong and growing. Our profession is gaining recognition for the important contributions we make to enhancing the health and well-being of occupants in all areas of the built environment. Our Society is thriving and leading our profession through research, knowledge, and education. During the Career Exchange I reminded the students of a famous quote: “If opportunities don’t come knocking, build a door!” ASID is building doors every day, providing members with the tools and information they need to take advantage of the opportunities available to them, or to make their own. Open a door, and walk on through!
With warm regards,
Stephanie Clemons, Ph.D., FASID, FIDEC
ASID National Chair, Board of Directors