Each year, ASID bestows four honors on the members of the design community: Design Innovation, for a project that contributes significantly to advancing the field of interior design; Design for Humanity, which celebrates contributions to improving the human experience through environmentally friendly interior design; the Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Award, which recognizes outstanding support of the interior design profession through education and research; and Designer of Distinction, the society’s premier award for personal achievement, which honors an ASID professional member who has established a body of superior work demonstrating creativity, excellence, and innovation.
The winners will be honored at Celebration, the society’s annual gala, to be held Saturday, June 21, at Paramount Studios. Select winners will be onstage for a roundtable discussion of their work on Sunday, June 22, at noon. Attendees are eligible for CEU credit.
2014 ASID Award Winners
The Design Innovation prize was awarded to Haworth for its development of Bluescape technology, an interactive touchscreen wall. The Design for Humanity award went to Judith Heerwagen for her pioneering research in biophilia, which examines how building and workplace design influence organizational effectiveness. Architect Amy Campos of California College of the Arts in San Francisco took home the Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Award for her professional accomplishments, innovative teaching methods, and successful interior design practice.
The Designer of Distinction is Tama Duffy Day of Gensler, for her body of work in health- care design, which demonstrates the positive impact interior design can have on the human experience. “Design has the ability to increase financial profits, maximize the health care consumer experience, and reduce illnesses, such as childhood obesity,” says Duffy Day, who integrated healthy design elements into her own home. “It is the core behind every successful business.”