A Letter From President Kayla Benton

Dear Friends,

I am THRILLED to have the opportunity to represent the Pennsylvania West Chapter of ASID as your new president. I pledge to support our chapter’s mission. I promise to lead our Board in forging deeper relationships with industry partners. I will encourage our Board to study best practices from other ASID chapters . I will explore with our Board business opportunities to strengthen our financial base. I will support our committees to mentor students to lead. I will empower members to grow with innovative events that our Board and Committees cultivate. I will continue collaboration with professional organizations to provide ample events for you to network. Most important, I want to thank each and every one of you for your love and support of our Pennsylvania West Chapter of ASID. This is going to be an exciting year! So let’s begin:



We are beginning the autumn season with a debut of a documentary film called COLUMBUS. It will be held October 3 at Chatham University. It is exclusive to ASID and the Pittsburgh design community. This film debut made possible by the generosity of Chatham University, ASID, PPG Industries and LS Fishman Flooring.

Movie critic-Sandie Angulo Chen Common Sense Media quoted:

Visually gorgeous, this exceptionally acted indie drama is a compelling character study well as a love letter to a town that boasts some of the United States' most important architecture.

Next in October is “Pure Codes.” We are working with IDLCPA. Learn by a national expert on building codes. This 9 credit educational opportunity on October 24, and October 25 will help you finish up any IDCEC CEU credits needed for December 31. This CEU event will be held at Allegheny Millwork. The schedule is as follows: CHAPTER 11 Accessibility – October 24 (5PM-9PM) (3 CEUS) and CHAPTER 10 Means of Egress-October 25 (10AM TO 5PM) (6CEUS) Happy Hour to follow the completion of October 25th CEUS.

Also on October 24th is the La Roche Design Dialog with Sponsorship from our chapter of ASID. The time to be there is 5:30 and it will go to 8:30 pm. This event is organized by the La Roche College Advisory Board. You can reach them at: P(412) 367-9300 Edesign@laroche.edu


Speaker Profile:

Ms.Janine James is renowned for her leadership in business, her creative genius and passion for the advancement of human consciousness. She is a visionary on the knowledge economy, multidisciplinary dynamics and cultural branding. Ms. James has brought success to some of the world’s most influential brands including American Express, Aveda, BASF, Knoll Textiles and Shaw Industries. She believes in the power of love, compassion, integration and balance of power to support and have compassion for others, and to appreciate the interconnectedness of all humanity.




INTERIOR DESIGN DAY - Celebrate IDLCPA and ASID for Interior Design Day at the State Capitol on Monday, October 16, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM This event is to lobby for interior design legislation with interior design students. LOCATION: Capitol Building (Harrisburg), Harrisburg, PA




The junior League Show House is back this year and we are so excited to be a part of it! The hard hat tour is this November and you will not want to miss it; the house is gorgeous! We are currently looking for ASID interior designers and industry partners to submit a design concept for the Junior League Show House reveal May 2018.




Awards Recognition Luncheon - It is almost that time of the year again for our Annual Holiday Luncheon. Always held on the first Friday of December, it will be held on December 1, 2017 this year. We will be holding it at our usual venue, the Duquesne Club. Something new, is that it will be saved for our members to sign up first and for most and we will handing out awards to honor our deserved members. Event starts at 11 AM. ASID Special speaker- Joseph Cephas, ASID Vice-President, Communications. Please keep an eye out for our Award recipients in upcoming newsletters.




Pittsburgh Preservation and ASID Tour



MARCH 2018

Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show – Our homeshow will be a little different this year. We will be focusing on what we are calling the “ASID Spring Spruce Up.” ASID PA West and Pittsburgh Interior Design schools will be working together. The date is March 2-11, 2018 at the David Lawrence Convention Center. You designers will have the opportunity to mentor students from regional Interior Design Programs. You will also have the opportunity to promote your Interior Design services that will be sold at a fair market price. You can then submit a portion of the proceeds to a Pittsburgh charity.


MAY 2018

Junior League Show House tours and events for the month of May.

The Junior League of Pittsburgh with ASID will transform the next Designers’ Show House.

The JLP Designers’ Show House fundraiser has benefited the community in many ways throughout its 34-year history. The 2007 Designers’ Show House Elegance on Beechwood earned a net profit of $122,000, making it the JLP’s most profitable. Those proceeds built a KaBOOM! playground in Clairton.

The Show House isn’t all about renovation and construction. There’s plenty of opportunity to have a good time.



JUNE 2018

Designer Speaker Series event at the LeMont. We are getting this up and running as an Annual event since it was received so well.



Professional Development Building Tour

Come join us for our Newly Annual Night of Giving for the ASID Foundation with Cosentino and the Membership Committee.




MINGLE MINGLE ANNUAL GALA- it’s a theme party like this past year, but can you guess what?


Your presence at our events means the world to our growth and well-being. It is the present and future of our chapter. We as a chapter are comprised of commercial and residential designers, interior design students and industry partners. We offer the opportunity to network, educate and advocate the profession of interior design.

Pennsylvania West Chapter is all about giving back and helping shape the design community. We are all in this together to see the design community flourish. We value the ability to get and give meaningful work. If we work together, we can build the foundations for all of us to thrive and grow. How can you keep our chapter flourishing? Well, by becoming a member or an industry partner. We hope once you get to know us, you will want to join a committee or become a Sponsor. For industry partners take a look at our 2017 Sponsorship Package on our website. We had a successful 2017. We know for our 2018 Sponsorship, it will be even more successful with your help!

If you would like to discuss our ASID sponsorship package in person with me, please telephone me at 412-706-1149. Our target date for sponsorship Sign-Up opportunities is February 28, 2018.

I look forward to continuing our friendship and making new friends that share the passion for design.




Kayla Benton, Allied ASID

President, Pennsylvania West Chapter of ASID