ASID Honors Winners of National Awards Program

(August 15, 2023 – Los Angeles, CA.) –– Monday evening, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) announced the winners of sixty-two awards, exemplifying excellence in design. Spanning categories including individuals, firms, and projects, as well as career levels from student to seasoned professionals, the awards were announced in Los Angeles during “A Night with the Stars,” the ASID awards reception at the GATHER national conference. Categories awarded included the ASID Ones to Watch program, the ASID Student Portfolio Competition, the ASID Foundation Scholarships and Grants, and the organization’s highest professional recognition, the ASID National Awards. 

This year, new categories were added to ASID’s national awards program to increase inclusivity and accessibility for designers, firms, and projects. The honorees are being celebrated across three main categories: the Legacy Awards, the Annual Awards, and the FOCUS Awards. Open to ASID members and non-members alike, the awards allow the organization to maximize inclusiveness in recognizing design excellence. 

“ASID is proud to honor the projects and people that design to impact and improve the lives around us,” said Khoi Vo, chief executive officer, ASID. “Across firms, individuals, and projects, ASID’s National Award winners exemplify our core values of design excellence, advocacy, thought leadership, and community. We congratulate all of our winners and thank them for their outstanding contributions to making the world a better place through design.

The Legacy Awards honor interior designers for their work and careers who are dedicated to furthering the practice. This year’s winners, awarded for Designer of Distinction, Luminary of Distinction, and Firm of Distinction, are Charrisse Johnston, FASID, Jennifer Kolstad, ASID, and CannonDesign. 

Designer of Distinction | Charrisse Johnston, FASID, WELL AP, LEED AP ID+C  

Luminary of Distinction | Jennifer Kolstad, ASID, Associate AIA 

Firm of Distinction | CannonDesign

The Annual Awards celebrate the work and achievements of practitioners with significant design achievements throughout the year honoring educators, students, volunteers, advocates and more. Chelsey Beardsley, Tracey Fillmore, Nicole Hollis, Supporter ASID, Taneshia West Albert, Emmy Williams, ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, the ASID New York Metro Chapter Ronald McDonald House renovation and TBA Studio are recipients of the Annual Awards.

Designer of the Year | Nicole Hollis, Supporter ASID

Volunteer of the Year | Tracey Fillmore, ASID, NCIDQ, CAPS, EDAC, RID

Student of the Year | Chelsey Beardsley, Allied ASID

Chapter of the Year | ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter

Educator of the Year | Taneshia West Albert, ASID, IDEC, EDAC, NCIDQ

Firm of the Year | TBA Studio

Community Impact of the Year | ASID New York Metro Chapter

Advocate of the Year | Emmy Williams, ASID, NCIDQ, NC RID

The FOCUS Awards spotlight stellar design projects that address different areas of global issues. Addressing either wellness, diversity, community, or climate, projects were selected on their ability to provide a framework and call to action to advance design in their respective category.  Winning projects of the FOCUS Awards are the Water Works Pavilion, the Lilian DesMarias Youth Library, the Seven Acre Dairy Company, the Family Tree Clinic, The Shop by Porter, Makers and Social-Impact Programs, “The Sanctuary” home project in Kansas and the Falstone Residence. Merit Recipients of the FOCUS Awards category are D’Youville Univerisity’s Health Professions Hub and the U.S. Green Building Council’s HQ Renovation. 

FOCUS Community – Large Firm | Water Works Pavilion by HGA 

FOCUS Community – Medium Firm | Lilian DesMarias Youth Library by bcDESIGNGROUP 

FOCUS Community – Small Firm | Seven Acre Dairy Company by InteriorLOGIC, Inc. 

FOCUS Diversity – Large Firm | Family Tree Clinic by Perkins&Will 

FOCUS Diversity – Medium Firm | The Shop by Porter, Makers and Social-Impact Programs 

FOCUS Wellness – Small Firm | “The Sanctuary” home project by Signature Design + Studio 

FOCUS Wellness – Small Firm | Falstone Residence by Shine Interior Design Studio 

FOCUS Community – Large Firm Merit Recipient | D’Youville University Health Professions Hub by CannonDesign 

FOCUS Wellness – Large Firm Merit Recipient | U.S. Green Building Council Headquarters Renovation by Perkins&Will 

For additional information, visit the ASID National Awards.

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