These are exciting times for interior designers. Clients are asking design to do more — to boost their businesses, to improve the quality of healthcare and promote wellness, to foster learning, to safeguard the environment and protect against disasters, and to provide safe and healthy spaces. At the same time, new research and technologies are expanding our body of knowledge, offering us insights and tools to push the boundaries of design even further. Clients and consumers today expect good design, and they are hungry for great design.
These demands provide ASID with new opportunities and great possibilities.
Within the past year, we have forged strong alliances to advance design practice and education in resilience, sustainability, high-performance buildings, health and wellness, and lighting design. We have elevated our visibility by partnering with high-profile programs, including Dwell on Design, High Point Market, and the National Building Museum. In my travels and conversations with other ASID leaders, I detect a renewed sense of energy and momentum propelling us forward.
The most recent ASID Interior Design Billings Index (IDBI) reveals the numbers behind that momentum. The September Business Performance Survey shows increased revenue growth for the third quarter of 2014, as well as a continuation of the positive billings growth we have seen for the past 21 months.
With good news comes a good reason to give back. One way to do that is through the ASID Foundation. It is gratifying to see how much the Foundation has accomplished in such a short time. Over the past four years, your investment has funded nearly a half million dollars in research providing evidence-based applications to address issues designers face in their practices today.
Among them, the Center for Health Design is developing a Web-based patient room interior design checklist to support design decision-making, as well as a tool to evaluate existing patient room facilities. To expand our expertise in workplace design, Michigan State University is creating a model of key performance indicators for knowledge workers and a Web tool for gathering indicator data from companies. In addition, the Foundation recently announced its fourth annual Transform grants, which will award up to $100,000 for design-related research and initiatives that address critical gaps in industry knowledge about the influence design has on public health and well-being. The deadline for Transform grant proposals is Dec. 15.
As you plan your charitable giving, I urge you to donate as generously as you can to the ASID Foundation. Your tax-deductible gift will help further valuable design research that benefits not only our profession but millions of occupants who will enjoy more productive, supportive, and healthy interiors.
As we prepare to celebrate the 40th anniversary of ASID in 2015, we can be proud that our Society has been at the forefront of advancing professional accreditation and continuing education, promoting health and wellness through design, expanding our expertise in designing for aging and special populations, supporting design students and emerging professionals, promoting sound business principles and professional ethics, and much more. With such a rich heritage to guide us, we will continue to embrace opportunities to shape the future of our profession and the impact it has on the world.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving,
Stephanie Clemons, Ph.D., FASID, FIDEC
ASID National Chair, Board of Directors