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Spotlight: Celebrating ASID Awards

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Everything starts with great design and the ingenious leaders whose creativity, dedication, and drive make a positive impact on the human experience every day.

Join ASID in celebrating the highest level of interior design excellence and honoring the people, projects and products that have made a significant contribution to the profession. Spotlight: Celebrating ASID Awards will be a four-day, virtual celebration of the inspirational professionals and projects that exemplify the impact of design. Spotlight will take place July 13-16, 2020 online, bringing together design community members and leaders from across the country.

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July 13-16, 2020

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Meet the 2020 ASID National Award Winners

Kay Sargent, ASID, CID, LEED AP, MCR/w, WELL AP

Designer of Distinction

Senior Principal and Director of Workplace for HOK

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Kay Sargent, ASID, CID, LEED AP, MCR/w, WELL AP

The ASID Designer of Distinction award celebrates attention to social concerns within the interior design profession and the expression of creative, innovative concepts that have advanced the profession and helped transform lives. This award recognizes an ASID professional member who exemplifies a commitment to the profession as demonstrated by a significant, high-quality body of work representing excellence in interior design.

Kay is a recognized expert on workplace design and strategy. She is an industry thought leader on workplace and travels globally sharing from her broad experience. Kay has authored multiple white papers and articles on design related topics including wellbeing; next gen workforce; technologies impact on the workplace; space fusion and the rise of the human factor. Throughout her career she has served on almost every global or national board that represents the design community – ASID, NCQLP, IIDA, IFI, CoreNet, IWBI, IFMA and volunteered for CIDQ and FIDER. As Co-Director of HOK’s WorkPlace team, Kay is responsible for helping clients redefine how, when and where their people work, and supports a holistic design approach that integrates people, processes and technology.

George Bandy, Jr.

Design for Humanity

GBCI Board of Directors

Former Chief Sustainability Officer, Mohawk

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George Bandy, Jr.

The Design for Humanity award celebrates an individual or institution for having significantly contributed to improving the environment for humanity through design-related activities or projects that transform lives. The impact of these activities must have demonstrated far-reaching effects. The award includes, but is not limited to, environment, health and wellness, universal or barrier-free design, energy conservation, safety, communication, transportation, and technology

George Bandy Jr. is a global leader in sustainability and social responsibility, he has been responsible for executing the comprehensive concepts and practices of sustainability throughout several corporations, nonprofits and brands. He proactively identifies opportunities to position environmental, economic and socially responsible solutions for both the organizations and its customers so that, together, they can demonstrate the type of sustainability leadership that will result in a brighter future for all.

George is highly sought after as a presenter on key topics such as the business of sustainability, biophilic design, social sustainability, circular economy, greening the supply chain, health and wellness in the built environment and innovative smart and healthy design. Recently George was recognized as a 2020 Living Future Hero, in 2018 he was a USGBC Leadership Award recipient and was also honored with the inaugural GreenStep People Award.

George is the former Chief Sustainability Officer for Mohawk Industries (2016-2020), prior to that he was the Vice President  of Sustainability for Interface (1999-2016); George also served as the Sustainability Officer for the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston from 1994-1999. George currently serves on the board of directors for Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), an organization that independently recognizes excellence in green business industry performance and practice around the world. George was also just appointed to the IIDA Board of Directors a not for profit organization advancing sustainable interior design globally. He is the former chairman of the board of the U.S. Green Building Council(USGBC) and has also served on the board of Second Nature, a nonprofit that champions for higher education institutions to make the principles of sustainability fundamental to every aspect of learning. 

Material Bank

Design Innovation

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Material Bank

This award recognizes an individual, organization, manufacturer, or research project for having produced a significant and innovative product, project, or body of work that contributes to interior design by positively impacting human behavior; promoting comfort, efficiency, or communication; exemplifying a commitment to the profession; exhibiting a commitment to sustainability, health, and wellness; and displaying an overall appreciation for design.

Material Bank is the fastest and most powerful way for design professionals to search and sample materials. Through Material Bank’s powerful platform, designers and architects can conduct complex searches across hundreds of brands and thousands of materials in seconds. In addition to the convenience and time-savings this affords, Material Bank also aggregates the materials - eliminating wasteful packaging and shipping resources and promoting a sustainable reclamation program.

Barbara J. Huelat, FASID, EDAC, AAHID

Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit

Author, Interior Designer, Healing Design Strategist

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Barbara J. Huelat, FASID, EDAC, AAHID

This award pays tribute to the work and accomplishments of Nancy Vincent McClelland, an ardent advocate for professional recognition in the interior design field and the first woman president of the American Institute of Decorators (now ASID), from 1941 to 1944. It honors individuals, organizations, manufacturers, or research projects for outstanding support of the interior design profession through education, research, promotion of the value or impact of interior design, or another significant contribution. Awards are given annually as merited. Nominees need not be ASID members.

Barbara is one of the field’s preeminent experts and a prominent speaker on healthcare design and technology. She is a founding board member of the Center for Health Design, Former National President of American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers and author of two nationally acclaimed books – Healing Environments: What’s the Proof and Healing Environments for the Mind, Body and Spirit.

Her three decades of design experience cover virtually all types, components and sizes of domestic and international healthcare facilities, including her signature projects with the Mayo Clinics, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute of Japan, and many more.

Meet the 2020 ASID Ones to Watch Scholars

Kendra Locklear Ordia, ASID, RID, LEED AP

Assistant Professor of Interior Design

University of Nebraska

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Kendra Locklear Ordia, ASID, RID, LEED AP

Kendra Locklear Ordia is a Registered Interior Designer in Texas and Assistant Professor of Interior Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has previous academic experience as an Assistant Professor at Texas State University and Kansas State University.

Kendra teaches courses in materials and design studios focused on urban and contemporary issues.She has presented at national and international conferences on biophilic design, spatial narrative/ecology and design representation. As a designer and researcher, her work is rooted in broader topics of human behavior as they are expressed in the themes of biophilic design, health and well-being, environmental quality and spatial ecologies. Her professional work at top firms like Perkins & Will, Gensler and CallisonRTKL focused primarily on workplace and large-scale healthcare interiors. Her creative biodesign work has been exhibited at several international exhibitions, including the DesignLAB Next Nest Exhibition and Curtains: The Center for American Architecture and Design Symposium.

Santiago Rivera

Regional Foundations, Associations & Organizations Regional Leader

Associate

Gensler

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Santiago Rivera

Santiago has been an integral member of the teams behind education, not-for-profit, workplace and hospitality projects. He co-leads New York’s Community Impact team (Gensler’s volunteer group), is a firmwide leader for ECC 2.0 (the next generation of leaders for the Education, Civic and Culture practice area) and is regional leader for the Foundations, Associations and Organizations practice area. He leads pro-bono projects, works on research initiatives and has moderated panel discussions and round tables. In 2015, Santiago served as cultural ambassador to the new Gensler Office in Mexico City where he oversaw the development of the office culture.

Working with Change for Kids, Santiago helps fundraise and provide opportunities to over 5,000 students in the NYC public school system. He is a board member in Build Out Alliance, an organization seeking to promote and advocates for LGBTQ+ people serving openly and with pride in the building design and construction industry.

Greer May, Allied ASID

Associate Principal

Studio 11 Design

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Greer May, Allied ASID

Greer May is an Associate Principal at Studio 11 Design with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from CIDA accredited Baylor University. From her work with hoteliers like Sands Corporation, Kerzner International, Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, and Starwood, she has overseen project installations for anything from less than 100 to over 1,000 room hotels. In 2019, Greer established herself as an impactful mentor to her colleagues, a rising designer in the industry, and a powerful community organizer. With 14 years’ experience under her belt, this year marked a major turning point for Greer’s career growth as she began to spearhead two of the firm’s most impactful upcoming projects: the debut of Generator’s upcoming Washington D.C. property and the launch of Thompson Buckhead. Beyond the industry, Greer raised nearly $100,000 for Alzheimer’s Disease research for BvB Dallas, the largest amount to date generated by a single person.

Mike Goetz, ASID

Senior Project Designer

HOK

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Mike Goetz, ASID

Mike Goetz, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, is a Senior Associate and Senior Project Designer with HOK.  With a decade’s worth of design experience in the corporate workspace, hospitality and higher education, Mike excels at creating highly functional and efficient environments that are also unique, colorful and inspirational. (emphasis on colorful).

Mike’s interiors work has been featured in several publications - most notably in Interior Design magazine with the May 2016 cover story showcasing the Pritzker Group’s Los Angeles Headquarters, the November 2018 issue with California Institute of Technology’s Ronald and Maxine Linde Hall of Mathematics and Physics, and the May 2017 issue with Alibaba Pictures. Other notable projects of Mike’s include The Trade Desk in Los Angeles and Irvine, Beachbody Technology in Santa Monica and a Confidential Coworking space in downtown Los Angeles.

As a thought leader, he has been quoted in several publications and spoken on panels to discuss workplace design and employee engagement. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Design from Arizona State University and a Master of Architecture degree from Parsons.

Heather Sutherland, Allied ASID

Interior Designer II

Perkins&Will

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Heather Sutherland, Allied ASID

Heather Sutherland is an Interior Designer II at Perkins and Will where she works on a variety of projects in education and civic in their Interiors Diversified studio.  She’s been with Perkins and Will since receiving her Masters of Interior Design in 2017 from the University of Texas at Austin.  Heather is actively involved in student outreach and education through programs like ACE, ASID and RStudio.  As a Material Performance Lab member at Perkins and Will Dallas, Heather is able to spread her passion for material health and sustainability to professionals and students alike.  She is LEED AP BD+C accredited and is hard at work studying for her NCIDQ exams.  While she has lived in a variety of cities and climates, Heather has happily called Texas her home for the past ten years.

Kelsey Davidson, ASID

Principal Interior Designer

SALT, LLC

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Kelsey Davidson, ASID

Kelsey is a Principal at SALT, an Interior Design firm, located in Anchorage, Alaska. She was born and raised in Sitka, Alaska, and attended the University of Nevada, Reno, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design in 2011. Kelsey worked as a residential interior designer, specializing in kitchen and bathroom design for two years before she switched gears to commercial interior design, and began working for SALT in 2013 (formerly RIM Design).

Kelsey has been a project designer on a variety of projects since joining SALT, participating in projects from programming through construction administration, becoming familiar with all aspects of the profession. Kelsey's ability to methodically and efficiently work through the various technical complexities that come with any design project, and her keen communication skills have made her an invaluable member of the team at SALT. She thrives on organization and enjoys the many intricate layers of design that make up any project. Kelsey's favorite parts about design are improving the function of space, and figuring out how it will all go together -- it's all in the details!

Taruan Mabry

Senior Interior Designer

ICRAVE

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Taruan Mabry

As an artist, illustrator, and designer I prefer to engage personably with my clients and colleagues to develop and deliver comfortable, classic, and timeless interior spaces.  One of my strongest skill sets is having the artistic ability to communicate ideas visually by interpreting forms and proportions through illustrations and hand sketching.  Some may think with all of our digital drawing capabilities (ie. AutoCAD, 3D Max), sketching abilities are passé; but contrary to even my assumption, many clients still respond positively to design ideas in the form of a hand sketch. Illustrating design solutions that bypass verbal description provide instant clarity of understanding a design.  Extensive hospitality experience enables me to resolve perplexing project challenges with a thoughtful approach and deliver a memorable interior space.  During my time as an adjunct instructor at New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), I encouraged my students like my clients to be conscious of environmental impact while maintaining the design integrity of the project(s).I received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from Georgia State University in Atlanta GA in 2005, and a Master of Professional Studies in Sustainable Interior Environments from NY-SID in 2012.As an inquisitive and interactive collaborator, I thrive mostly in an eclectic work environment where my colleagues of different ethnicities, backgrounds, and experiences converge to influence our design missions.  I firmly believe different viewpoints help create the best design direction for each project we have in studio.

Madison Kester, ASID

Interior Designer

Gensler

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Madison Kester, ASID

Madison Kester is an Interior Designer in Gensler's Atlanta office with over 7 years of experience. From her time living and working in Europe and the Americas, Madison brings a unique, global perspective to her work. From initial test fits to furniture and finish selections, she works with clients to create spaces that reflect their brand, culture and values. An NCIDQ certified professional and a member of IIDA, she has served the organization in many roles including the IIDA Georgia Best of the Best Awards, Dressed, Leadership Breakfast and more. Passionate about design education, Madison co-leads Gensler Atlanta’s university outreach mentorship committee and was a panelist for SCAD Atlanta’s “Navigating the In Between” discussion. Madison received her Bachelor’s in Interior Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a Master’s in Interior Design from Instituto Europeo di Design in Madrid, Spain.

Meet the 2020 ASID Ones to Watch Winners

Jennifer Auman

Senior Designer / Job Captain

HKS

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Jennifer Auman

Born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, I knew I wanted to be in the field of Architecture and Interior Design since my uncle let me use his CAD program when I was thirteen years old.  I graduated from Appalachian State University in 2010 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Interior Design.  Upon graduation, I moved to Dallas, TX and I've worked at HOK and HKS (always in the Corporate Interiors Studio).  I passionately believe in the ability to improve life's quality through creative design solutions.  To create a successful workplace, where people can excel, focus, learn, engage and socialize.  Thoughtful design has the ability to translate the user's unique needs into tangible solutions.  I enjoy coordinating all components of a project - from lighting, finishes, furniture and even working with the consultants.  It takes a team to deliver a great project and being the point person as a Job Captain, is something I truly enjoy.

Moira Gannon Denson, ASID

Associate Professor of Interior Design

Marymount University

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Moira Gannon Denson, ASID

Moira Gannon Denson, ASID, IDEC, LEED AP is an Associate Professor of Interior Design at Marymount University and an NCIDQ- certified Interior Designer. She has professional experience in project delivery and interdisciplinary coordination of healthcare, workplace, hospitality and residential building types at firms such as Gordon and Greenberg Architects, Design Collective Inc., and Perkins + Will. She teaches undergraduate and graduate students in health + well-being and hospitality studios, sketching and rendering for ideation, as well as advanced graduate seminars in design research. . Her research interests and writing target improving the design process and exploring the impacts of design on overall health and well-being. In recent years she’s embraced watercolor painting as a personal journey to improving health!

Melissa Hanley

Principal/CEO

StudioBlitz

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Melissa Hanley

Melissa Hanley, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, is the co-founder, principal, and CEO of Blitz, an award-winning architecture and design firm known for its work with household names such as Google, Microsoft, Instacart, and Spotify. She is passionate about human-centered interior environments and has worked to make Blitz a leader in commercial and workplace interior design for the digital age. 

Melissa co-founded Blitz in 2009 at the age of 26 with Seth Hanley, AIA, the day after the partners were laid off from their previous firm at the height of the Great Recession. Since its inception, Blitz has been responsible for the design and implementation of more than 300 projects across nearly 5.5 million square feet. Her firm’s work has touched every corner of the globe, transforming whole buildings, complex technology campuses, and multiple offices and restaurants throughout the US, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Brooke Horan, ASID, LEED AP, NCIDQ, EDAC

Studio Interior Design Lead

HDR

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Brooke Horan, ASID, LEED AP, NCIDQ, EDAC

Brooke heads HDR’s international interior design studio out of NY, working closely with the architecture studio and HDR’s Global Design Director to create meaningful and memorable places and experiences. Known for both her creativity and her sensitivity to detail, she has worked with a variety of clients around the globe, including Asia, the Middle East and Europe, to create places that make a difference in how people live, work, learn, and heal. An ardent traveler, she incorporates her keen observations about place and culture, especially from her explorations of side streets and in-between spaces, to inform the-day-to-day touch points she designs that effortlessly engage people.

Shelby Mamizuka, ASID

Senior Associate

OPX Global

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Shelby Mamizuka, ASID

Shelby is a Senior Associate at OPX that has been in the industry since 2005. Having managed both large- and small-scale projects from concept to completion, she uses her strategic planning expertise throughout the entire design process. Shelby’s grasp of the big picture is best demonstrated through her work in portfolio and brand management. She has an eye for reinforcing an organization’s mission and culture through branding. Shelby’s top priority is being her clients’ chief advocate, while designing a healthy and purpose-driven environment in which employees can work better. Shelby's multicultural perspective is an advantage that brings unique design solutions to challenging parameters.

Kylie Ponton, ASID

CEO/Principal Designer

Ponton Interiors

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Kylie Ponton, ASID

Kylie Ponton is the Principal Designer and owner of Ponton Interiors, based in Tampa, FL.

Kylie is an ASID licensed interior designer and earned her degree at the International Academy of Design and Technology. With over 12 years of experience in the design industry, Kylie leads Ponton Interiors to create inspired homes, curated with thoughtful attention to classical design elements.

Kylie gained her previous experience in the design field as a Senior Designer with Studio M, in Tampa, Florida. During this time she was responsible for new construction projects in the residential sector ranging between 8,000 and 18,000 SF. Her impeccable attention to detail and refined design aesthetic resulted in beautiful projects throughout Florida.

After becoming NCIDQ certified in 2016, Kylie decided to start her new venture, Ponton Interiors, a boutique interior design firm that prides itself on attention to detail, luxurious designs, and working with the best contractors in the business. The Ponton Interiors Design aesthetic reflects the individuals they serve, with roots in transitional design coupled with eclectic touches. Her focus, since launching Ponton Interiors, continues to be luxury residential new construction projects and boutique commercial projects.

Kylie and her team at Ponton Interiors are proud to lead the Florida Chapter of Savvy Giving by Design, a non-profit, national network of professional interior designers whose mission is to provide comfort, support, and healing to families with a child facing a medical crisis by transforming the interior spaces of their homes at no cost to them.

Nestor Ramos Marchena

Architect, Interior Designer

Selman Arquitectos

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Nestor Ramos Marchena

Néstor Ramos is an architect from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Passionate about art, design, and education.

A Fulbright Alumni, Néstor Ramos holds a Master of Interior Design from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Architecture from Universidad Iberoamericana, UNIBE. He began his career in his home country, where he has worked in several architecture and design firms that range from commercial design to lighting and industrial design. He is also an Adjunct Professor at his Alma Mater, where he teaches the courses of Commercial Design and Visual Merchandising within the School of Architecture and Interior Design.

His overarching goal is to explore the role of interior design in positively influencing human behavior and development. His research has been particularly focused in the effects of design in learning environments.

Laura Hendrix

Senior Associate

Senior Interior Designer

Polk Stanley Wilcox

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Laura Hendrix

Laura’s portfolio includes corporate, education, healthcare, restaurant, civic, and religious institutions, ranging from new construction to renovation. She has extensive experience in fast-track delivery methods in multiple project types and has been responsible for the design of interiors for multimillion-dollar projects throughout her career. Laura has a passion for creating spaces that have a positive effect on its occupants, working with the client to understand their needs and create solutions that increase efficiency and productivity. She enjoys connecting with people through the design of the interior space, enhancing the built environment at a personal level, and finding solutions through design. Laura has led some of the largest furniture selection and installation projects in the firm. She believes the best project results are not from finish selections alone, but from a holistic approach through the architecture, finishes, furniture, artwork and accessories.

Brennen Birch

Junior Designer

Home Studios

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Brennen Birch

Brennen Birch is currently a junior designer with Home Studios in Brooklyn, specializing in bar and restaurant design for passionate chefs and operators. His work focuses on the intersection of interior spaces, strategy, and branding. He has been fortunate to work with and learn from some of the most thoughtful designers and leaders in their fields, including Petra Blaisse in Amsterdam, Olson Kundig in Seattle, curators Mathias Schwartz-Clauss and Alexander von Vegesack of the Vitra Design Museum, and the design consultancy frog in Austin.

Shane Jones

Designer Account Executive

Sherwin-Williams

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Shane Jones

Passionate about all things colorful, sustainable and unique. Shane works as a Designer Account Executive, Sherwin-Williams Paint for six plus years serving most of North Carolina design community.

A graduate of UNC-Greensboro with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture. Shane is responsible for educating the residential market including interior designers, architects and design students about color and product resources to specify Sherwin-Williams brand. Shane’s goal is to engage and inspire designers.

Shane is a Past-President 2018/19 of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Carolinas Chapter.

Lindsay Jones, ASID

Interior Designer

The H. Chambers Company

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Lindsay Jones, ASID

Lindsay Jones graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design. With her strong visionary skills, Lindsay works with teams of interior designers and architects on all aspects of the design process—from master planning and space programming, to research and development, to concept design, color selection, preparing compelling vision boards and giving presentations.

Lindsay works as lead designer on select projects, and contributes to design development, schematic design, conceptual design, construction documents and construction administration. Lindsay completed her NCIDQ certification in spring 2019, and is also an active member of the professional organization, ASID, where she is the acting Communications Director of the Washington Metro chapter.

Rich Kinnard

Senior Associate

ForrestPerkins

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Rich Kinnard

Rich is an experienced hospitality design professional whose portfolio focuses on luxury hospitality interiors. He holds a Master of Science in Interior Design from Pratt University and an undergraduate business degree in Marketing and International Business from Georgetown University. Rich began his design career in New York at Rockwell Group, where he discovered his passion for hospitality design. Through his experience and education, Rich has created an international project portfolio that includes five-star hotels, award-nominated restaurants, engaging cruise ship experiences, and luxury residences.

Rich brings a holistic design process to ForrestPerkins and feels strongly that hospitality design should provide guests with an experience that is truly authentic and site-specific, while simultaneously being thoroughly functional.  Rich believes every design should be a completely unique solution to meet a client’s needs, and the best way to achieve the optimal result is through a holistic, interdisciplinary design approach and clear communication.

Meet the 2020 ASID College of Fellows

Rose Mary Botti-Salitsky, Ph.D., ASID, NCIDQ

Program Coordinator and Faculty: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

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Rose Mary Botti-Salitsky, Ph.D., ASID, NCIDQ

Rose Mary Botti-Salitsky has worked in the interior design field for over 30 years as an academic, design professional, author and advocate. She was at the forefront of the effort to recognize interior design as a profession in Massachusetts and across the country advocating that interior designers should be registered alongside their architectural and engineering brethren. Dr. Botti-Salitsky served as the president of the Massachusetts Interior Design Coalition (MIDC) from 2005-2010, its Director of Legislative Affairs from 2011-2015, and currently the Director of Government Affairs ASID NE. In 2018, she was one of eight subject matter experts representing the U.S. and Canada that updated the definition of Interior Design for NCIDQ. She is the author of Programming & Research: Skills and Techniques for Interior Design.  Dr. Botti-Salitsky was a tenured Professor and Department Chair for the Interior Architecture + Design programs at Mount Ida College from 1991 to its closure in 2018. After the college’s abrupt closure, she worked to relocate the students and faculty to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Launching the only CIDA and NASAD accredited public program in New England. Rose Mary has spent her career expanding opportunities to underrepresented individuals by promoting an affordable and accessible education that will contribute to expanding diversity in the design profession.

Benjamin Huntington, ASID, NCIDQ, NYS CID

Owner, Veritate Design LLC

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Benjamin Huntington, ASID, NCIDQ, NYS CID

For 40 years, Benjamin Huntington has worked on a wide variety of design projects ranging from Hamptons houses, ski chateaus, brownstones, Manhattan apartments, offices, an art gallery, several country houses, and a full renovation of a large Victorian house in Scotland. After nine years with a London-based architectural firm, Benjamin moved to New York, founded his design studio, and joined ASID. In 2002, Benjamin passed the NCIDQ, became a NY State Certified interior designer, and became a professional member of ASID. Benjamin has also trained with some of the great Western Feng Shui masters, and has achieved Feng Shui Master status. Benjamin has served as an ASID NY Metro Chapter board member and chapter president; as an Interior Designers for Legislation in NY president; as chair of the ASID National GPAC Committee; and is currently the ASID NY Metro Chapter president-elect. In 2018, Benjamin received the ASID National Medalist Award.

AJ Paron-Wildes, Allied ASID, WELL AP, LEED AP ID+C

National Director, Design Public Group

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AJ Paron-Wildes, Allied ASID, WELL AP, LEED AP ID+C

A.J. Paron-Wildes has acquired significant experience working in the design/build industry.  She has created and led a multi-million dollar award-winning design/build firm, developed national programs for ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), developed and funded design research programs for the University of Minnesota and pioneered various charitable programs.  She, and her work, is featured in many television segments on HGTV, PBS and Bob Vila. MS. Paron-Wildes helps clients look to the future when designing their spaces and facilities.  She specializes in design implementation and collaboration, environmental initiatives/LEED, WELL certification and change management. A.J. has also been a design consultant for interiors in healthcare and education, specifically dealing with autism.  From school settings, therapy environments to her most noted work on the building for the MIND Institute in Sacramento, California; AJ has used her skills as a designer and blended them with her experience of raising a son with autism. Over thirty publications have published projects or articles completed by Ms. Paron-Wildes including Forbes Magazine and Harvard Business Review.  She has served as a design judge for several design professional organizations. These efforts have not gone overlooked, A.J. has been honored with accolades from numerous organizations like NKBA, NARI, Chrysalis Awards, Professional Remodeler Magazine, Remodeling Magazine, USGBC, IIDA and ASID.  Professionally, AJ is serving the design industry as the National Director for Design Public Group, a technology contract furnishings platform. 

Meet the 2020 ASID Outcome of Design Winners

Sensory Wellbeing Hub

HKS, Inc.

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Sensory Wellbeing Hub

Project Type: Education
Construction Type: Installation
Completion Date: September 2017
Location: Chicago, IL
Project Size: 456 SF
Client: Lane Technical College Preparatory High School (Lane Tech)

This project is an open-source, affordable, scalable, modifiable and sensory diverse solution that can fit various needs, and be installed anywhere, with accompanying research on the comparative effectiveness of different elements, to allow informed decision making.

Lane Tech is a 4-year selective magnet high school located on the north side of Chicago, part of the Chicago Public Schools system. The school has a total population of over 4,000 students, with around 60  diverse learners ages 14 to 21 with developmental disabilities in their special education program. The Sensory Well-Being Hub is a demountable framing structure that resembles a high-tech playset and is designed to help diverse learners experiencing behavioral issues to recuperate and find equilibrium. It provides data-driven insights on designing spaces with audio, visual, kinesthetic and tactile features for people with sensory sensitivities to reset from hyper- or hypo-stimulation.

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M Moser Associates Living Lab

M Moser Associates

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M Moser Associates Living Lab

Project Team: M Moser Associates
Project Type: Corporate Office
Construction Type: Retro-fit/Renovation
Completion Date: July 2018
Location: New York, NY
Project Size: 10,000 SF (1 Floor)
Client: M Moser Associates

Following the vision for an agile, future- proofed “living lab” for ongoing adaption and change, the new M Moser New York office reimagines ways of working and encourages movement and flexibility to meet the needs of each person.

M Moser is a united, cohesive company that works seamlessly through technological advancements and practices to solve global companies' most pressing people issues. As a privately-owned organization, M Moser is very consciously structured to share information between offices on various projects resulting in a high level of collaboration across borders. Embracing a wireless approach, that focuses on rechargeable mobile battery packs to enhance mobility, a VR Lab to work through design solutions and a 3D printer to prototype architectural elements, the New York office enhances and empowers the team through accessibility, collaboration, cultural identity. The office serves as a co-working space and enables M Moser to test and develop a broad range of workplace strategies to ensure the best results for clients.

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