Interior designers draw upon many disciplines to enhance the function, safety, and aesthetics of interior spaces. Interior designers are concerned with how different colors, textures, furniture, lighting, and space work together to meet the needs of a building’s occupants. Designers are involved in planning the interior spaces of almost all buildings—offices, airport terminals, theaters, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals, and private residences.

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American Society of Interior Designers www.asid.org MissionASID is a community of people driven by a common love for design and committed to the belief that interior design, as a service to people, is a powerful, multi-faceted profession that can positively change peoples lives. The Society provides knowledge and information, education and training, advocacy, support for business, recognition and leadership opportunities to its members and establishes a common identity for professionals, aspiring professionals and business partners in the field of interior design. HistoryFounded in 1975, the ASID the oldest, largest and leading professional organization for interior designers. While the Society celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2005, the rich, vibrant history of the organization goes back furthermuch furtherto the founding of its predecessor organizations, the American Institute of Interior Designers (AID) and the National Society of Interior Designers (NSID). MembershipThe more than 40,000 ASID members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. The ASID appellation is widely recognized as a mark of design excellence and professionalism. Professional members of ASID are qualified by education, experience and examination and adhere to a strict code of ethics and professional conduct. ASID Industry Partners supply products, equipment and services to the profession and include more than 2,500 member firms with more than 8,000 individual representatives. The Society's membership also includes more than 12,000 students of interior design.ASID has 320+ student chapters at colleges, universities and design schools with two- and four-year programs throughout North America. Designer SpecialtiesOf the Society's 20,000 practicing interior designers, 6,500 practice primarily in the commercial field with 4,000 practicing primarily as residential designers. The remaining 9,500 work in both commercial and residential design. Representing both the commercial and residential design markets, ASID members create engaging and functional spaces to meet client needs, while protecting the health, safety and welfare of people in interior environments. They hone their craft in all areas of interior design including Residences/Model Homes Office/Corporate Health Care Hospitality/Entertainment Government/Institutional Retail/Store Planning Facilities Management Student Member Benefits ASID ICON-The Society'sbimonthly magazine provides members with cutting-edge design research and business trends, along with key national and chapter issues. This publication is mailed six times a year. ACCESS - This student-written newsletter is published three times per year and sent to all student members and other design professionals. ASID Design Daily - a daily electronic digest of global design related news. A collaboration between ASID and U.S. News and World Reports. ASID News Flash- delivers need-to-know design and Society news biweekly to your inbox. Membership ID Card - This card is mailed from ASID headquarters after the application process is completed, and can be used for design center admission, design competitions, chapter program discounts and more. World of Work Series-a compilation of presentations on a variety of career development topics specific to the design industry such as interviewing, resume development, portfolio preparation and business ethics. ASID.org - The ASID Web site has information created especially for student members. In addition,student members have access to the membership directory, Industry Partner directory, discussion boards, Capitol Connections, and other features and services. RealWorld DesignWeek- a national mentoring program that willprovide ASID student members with classroom and hands-on learning experiences to introduce them to the real world of interior design. ASID Connex - an ASID exclusive online networking community, similar to Facebook. Scholarships - National scholarship competitions are sponsored by the ASIDFoundation. The scholarships include the Joel Polsky Prize and the Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award, the Yale R. Burge Competition, Mabelle Wilhelmina Boldt Memorial Scholarship, the Irene Winifred Eno Grant,and the Dora Brahms Award for Historic Preservation. AIU Global Edge Grant- American InterContinental University and ASID have partnered tocreate an exclusive grantfor ASID student members to study abroad in London. ASID chapter events, seminars, workshops, STEP programs, CEUs and competitions - These programs provide the opportunity to interact with professional designers and expand your knowledge of the professional aspects of interior design. Career Days - ASID regional events which provide an introduction to the many career options open to interior design students. Student Advisory Council- The Student Advisory Council (SAC) is a national committee that advises student members and chapters throughout the school year and provides student program development. Student Representation - A student representative is mandated by chapter bylaws to be a voting member of each professional chapter's board. This gives student representation on the chapter level and allows for input in student and chapter programming. Advancement Discounts- Upon graduation, significant discounts for ASID allied membership are offered to student members. ASID Advantageand research reports - ASID is the leading provider of research information on interior design and documents, insurance plans, mailing lists and other materials are provided for our members. Interior Design Career Information www.careersininteriordesign.org "Interior Design: More Than Meets the Eye" Visit
MissionASID is a community of people driven by a common love for design and committed to the belief that interior design, as a service to people, is a powerful, multi-faceted profession that can positively change peoples lives. The Society provides knowledge and information, education and training, advocacy, support for business, recognition and leadership opportunities to its members and establishes a common identity for professionals, aspiring professionals and business partners in the field of interior design. HistoryFounded in 1975, the ASID the oldest, largest and leading professional organization for interior designers. While the Society celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2005, the rich, vibrant history of the organization goes back furthermuch furtherto the founding of its predecessor organizations, the American Institute of Interior Designers (AID) and the National Society of Interior Designers (NSID). Visit
American Society of Interior Designers www.asid.org MissionASID is a community of people driven by a common love for design and committed to the belief that interior design, as a service to people, is a powerful, multi-faceted profession that can positively change peoples lives. The Society provides knowledge and information, education and training, advocacy, support for business, recognition and leadership opportunities to its members and establishes a common identity for professionals, aspiring professionals and business partners in the field of interior design. HistoryFounded in 1975, the ASID the oldest, largest and leading professional organization for interior designers. While the Society celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2005, the rich, vibrant history of the organization goes back furthermuch furtherto the founding of its predecessor organizations, the American Institute of Interior Designers (AID) and the National Society of Interior Designers (NSID). MembershipThe more than 40,000 ASID members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. The ASID appellation is widely recognized as a mark of design excellence and professionalism. Professional members of ASID are qualified by education, experience and examination and adhere to a strict code of ethics and professional conduct. ASID Industry Partners supply products, equipment and services to the profession and include more than 2,500 member firms with more than 8,000 individual representatives. The Society's membership also includes more than 12,000 students of interior design.ASID has 320+ student chapters at colleges, universities and design schools with two- and four-year programs throughout North America. Designer SpecialtiesOf the Society's 20,000 practicing interior designers, 6,500 practice primarily in the commercial field with 4,000 practicing primarily as residential designers. The remaining 9,500 work in both commercial and residential design. Representing both the commercial and residential design markets, ASID members create engaging and functional spaces to meet client needs, while protecting the health, safety and welfare of people in interior environments. They hone their craft in all areas of interior design including Residences/Model Homes Office/Corporate Health Care Hospitality/Entertainment Government/Institutional Retail/Store Planning Facilities Management Student Member Benefits ASID ICON-The Society'sbimonthly magazine provides members with cutting-edge design research and business trends, along with key national and chapter issues. This publication is mailed six times a year. ACCESS - This student-written newsletter is published three times per year and sent to all student members and other design professionals. ASID Design Daily - a daily electronic digest of global design related news. A collaboration between ASID and U.S. News and World Reports. ASID News Flash- delivers need-to-know design and Society news biweekly to your inbox. Membership ID Card - This card is mailed from ASID headquarters after the application process is completed, and can be used for design center admission, design competitions, chapter program discounts and more. World of Work Series-a compilation of presentations on a variety of career development topics specific to the design industry such as interviewing, resume development, portfolio preparation and business ethics. ASID.org - The ASID Web site has information created especially for student members. In addition,student members have access to the membership directory, Industry Partner directory, discussion boards, Capitol Connections, and other features and services. RealWorld DesignWeek- a national mentoring program that willprovide ASID student members with classroom and hands-on learning experiences to introduce them to the real world of interior design. ASID Connex - an ASID exclusive online networking community, similar to Facebook. Scholarships - National scholarship competitions are sponsored by the ASIDFoundation. The scholarships include the Joel Polsky Prize and the Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award, the Yale R. Burge Competition, Mabelle Wilhelmina Boldt Memorial Scholarship, the Irene Winifred Eno Grant,and the Dora Brahms Award for Historic Preservation. AIU Global Edge Grant- American InterContinental University and ASID have partnered tocreate an exclusive grantfor ASID student members to study abroad in London. ASID chapter events, seminars, workshops, STEP programs, CEUs and competitions - These programs provide the opportunity to interact with professional designers and expand your knowledge of the professional aspects of interior design. Career Days - ASID regional events which provide an introduction to the many career options open to interior design students. Student Advisory Council- The Student Advisory Council (SAC) is a national committee that advises student members and chapters throughout the school year and provides student program development. Student Representation - A student representative is mandated by chapter bylaws to be a voting member of each professional chapter's board. This gives student representation on the chapter level and allows for input in student and chapter programming. Advancement Discounts- Upon graduation, significant discounts for ASID allied membership are offered to student members. ASID Advantageand research reports - ASID is the leading provider of research information on interior design and documents, insurance plans, mailing lists and other materials are provided for our members. Interior Design Career Information www.careersininteriordesign.org "Interior Design: More Than Meets the Eye" Visit