ASID Designers_Pinterest Competition_Dwell on Design 2013
Congratulations to the winners!

On behalf of Dwell and ASID, we are proud to announce the ten winners of the first annual Dwell on Design Pin-spiration Designer Competition. We celebrate these talented designers for their unique perspectives, innovative thinking, and creative expression utilizing today’s most dynamic social media platform. We look forward to seeing their digital concepts brought to life with ‘live’ boards in the Pinterest Pavilion at Dwell on Design this coming June. Note, the list of winning designers below is organized alphabetically by first name.

Amy Pham, Student ASID

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Biography: Amy Pham is a new Designer who is inspired by everything from mossy fences to her kids building forts. With a degree in Biology from the University of California at Irvine she is sensitive to the need for sustainable design, and has a deep interest in REGREEN projects. After completing a few office designs for bay area tech startups and some small residential projects, Amy attended the Interior Design Institute in Newport Beach, California. In early 2013 Amy launched Amy Grace Designs a boutique design firm focusing on beautiful family friendly spaces that keep environmentalism in mind.

Aqueel Suleimanji, Student ASID

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Biography: Native to Houston, Aqueel studied Landscape Architecture at Texas A&M University, graduating with a Bachelor’s in 2011. While in school he interned with Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects in Shanghai China, where he confirmed his passion for Interior Design. After graduation he enrolled in the Interior Design program at Houston Community College and will be graduating this May. His interests include commercial, hospitality, sustainable, residential, and landscape design.

He has a passion for design, a strong technical background, and a creative mind. Aqueel's many honors and awards include the Honorary Bob. G Bibb Design Scholarship. He also won best in show for two categories at the Texas Gulf Coast ASID portfolio show.

He believes that there needs to be integration between the fields of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture. His unique perspective of design has been influenced for his travels all around the world. Aqueel believes that good design plays an essential role in shaping a more desirable future for our communities.

Becky Broeder, Allied ASID

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Biography: Thanks to the influence and encouragement from her family, Becky knew from a very young age that she was meant to be an artist. With a propensity to voraciously study how and why elements work together, interior design naturally became her medium.

Becky’s undergraduate studies were in English Literature and Film from Montana State University in Bozeman. There, she was trained in the studies of story, psychology, mood, lighting, editing, and setting a scene, all proving to be essential skills in her interior design approach. When she attended an undergraduate interior design program at a private school in Tucson, she concurrently worked as a faux finisher, thereby learning the practical process of building interiors. Becky was a professional road cyclist at that time, and had the opportunity to travel extensively, learning about people in environments, and how different combinations of elements made her feel, both physically and psychologically, and why.

Friends would attest that Becky doesn’t do things halfway. She attained her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Interior Architecture and Design in order to learn the trade fully and be taken seriously as a designer. Her MFA studies began with an earnest love for what was then termed, ‘green design’. Now, she’s as passionate as ever about sustainable practices, responsible products, ethical services, and creating environments that make us happy and healthy.

Becky loves what she does and it shows. It means a lot to her to be able to add comfort, beauty, health, thought, innovation, and joy to her clients’ lives. Becky’s completed commercial, retail, and residential projects in Tucson, Los Angeles, and throughout Western Montana, including homes and hospitality projects at StockFarm, The Yellowstone Club, and Paws Up Ranch.

Darra Bishop, Allied ASID

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Biography: Darra Bishop is an Interior Designer whose firm, bespoke design, focuses on creating progressive design solutions for the thoroughly romantic, unconventional and industrial loft spaces in Los Angeles.

Debra Sabrsula, Allied ASID

President-Elect Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers
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Biography: With two diverse careers spanning more than 30 years, Debra Sabrsula specializes in residential interiors and has earned a reputation for an exceptional eye for design and a deep commitment to outstanding personal service. Debra’s clients value her ability to create dream spaces while staying within their budget. Working with people from many cultures when she lived abroad has given her the finely tuned skills necessary when listening to client needs and matching those needs in their current environment. Her extensive experience in project management and finance brings strong business acumen to each design project.

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, Debra worked for 30 years in international finance. Making a career switch, Debra obtained a second degree in interior design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where she became increasingly aware of the importance of meeting the growing needs of the baby boom generation. Her passion is serving those needs by designing spaces for living!

Debra believes strongly in giving back to the community, as evidenced by her active participation in mission work, both locally and abroad. She also is heavily involved in ASID, serving on the board of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter.

Ellen Farber, Allied ASID

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Biography: Ellen Farber brings decades of practical business and consulting experience for corporate, institutional and nonprofit entities, and combines it with her passion, education and experience in Interior Design, to create spaces and strategies to empower and identify commercial, institutional and residential clients. Her innovative, client focused designs have been recognized for their precision; they are attentive to sustainable practices and budgetary requirements. Educating clients in the latest design trends, marketing, business and social media strategies, connecting people and resources, and creating energy to inspire others are her trademark.

Designated LEED Green Associate, Ellen is active in a variety of community and professional organizations. She is an active member of The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and a member of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC), and has been responsible for planning fundraising and networking events, and growing social media for both local ASID and IIDA Chapters. She is a member of the DVGBC Greenbuild 2013 Community Engagement & Social Media Committee, and a member of the DVGBC Growing School Partnerships Initiative, facilitating the implementation of “Green” strategies at a K-12 school. She is also a registered participant of “The 1%”, a nonprofit program of Public Architecture, and has pledged pro bono design services to nonprofits.

Other accomplishments include receiving the Houzz Best of Remodeling 2013 - Philadelphia Kids, and the ASID PA East Chapter Presidential Citation, 2011-2012. She has been published in School Planning & Management, and articles highlighting events she has planned, have been included in Office Insights, an on-line commercial design publication.

Originally from Philadelphia, Ellen resides with her children in Penn Valley, Pa. She enjoys adventure travel, biking, music and culture, as well as community involvement and continued education.

Jessica Wojtowicz, Allied ASID

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Biography: Jessica Wojtowicz currently works as a design assistant at HRi Design in the Denver Metro Area. She received a degree in Interior Design form Colorado State University, College of Applied Human Sciences. Upon graduation she earned the Senior Capstone Award in recognition of creative excellence encompassing the design, development, and the delivery of her senior capstone. During her years at CSU, she also took the opportunity to study at Florence University of the Arts for a semester. She enjoyed being immersed in the culture and the experience of living in another country. She is an Allied ASID member after her 3 years of serving on the ASID student chapter board at CSU. While living in Colorado, she enjoys the great outdoors and spending her free time with friends and family.

Ji-Ming Lin, Allied ASID

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Biography: Ji-Ming Lin is an interior designer based in New York City. She started in the video game industry, but she carried her passion for space planning and visual aesthetics to the field of Interior Design. She likes to find coordination in elements and combine them to create a unique design; to solve the puzzle of fitting functionality in a limited space; and to use a space to tell a story.

Kerrie Kelly, ASID

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Biography: Sacramento interior designer Kerrie Kelly founded Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in 1995. She is an award-winning interior designer, author and multi-media consultant. She has authored two books: Home Décor: A Sunset Design Guide, published by Oxmoor House, and the newly released My Interior Design Kit, with Pearson Professional and Career Education.

Kerrie is a certified interior designer who graduated from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, California and earned Masters in Business from the University of Phoenix. She is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and is a member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and IIDA (International Interior Design Association).

Kerrie has received several awards, including: California Paints Exterior Palette Challenge, Jason Wu for Brizo Blogger-19 Challenge and Houzz’s Best of Remodeling Award for 2012 and Best of Design and Customer Satisfaction Award for 2013. She has also been named the 2012 recipient of ASID’s Nancy Vincent McClelland Award for Interior Design Education.

Tory Peterson, Allied ASID

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Biography: Tory Peterson developed an early passion for art and design, which developed into a lifelong love for quality and creativity. Tory graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. She calls Orange County home and strives to keep design fresh and fun.

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