One of the highlights of NeoCon week in Chicago was Celebration, the ASID Design Awards, where the American Society of Interior Designers honored key members and celebrated design leadership.
Four members were inducted as Fellows of ASID: Contract Editorial Advisory Board member BJ Miller, FASID, Linda Heinz, FASID, Darrell Schmitt, FASID, and Brad Powell, Hon. FASID.
ASID’s Design for Humanity Award went to the 1% program of Public Architecture, led by Founder and President John Peterson, AIA, Contract’s 2009 Designer of the Year and a Contract Editorial Advisory Board member. The Design for Humanity Award is “bestowed by the Society upon an individual or institution that has significantly contributed to improving the environment for humanity through design-related activities or projects. The impact of these activities must have demonstrated far-reaching effects.”
And the Designer of Distinction Award, ASID’s highest honor, was given to Rosalyn Cama, FASID, president and principal interior designer of CAMA, Incorporated, based in New Haven, Connecticut. The Designer of Distinction Award recognizes an ASID professional member who exemplifies a commitment to the profession as demonstrated by a significant, high-quality body of work representing excellence in interior design. The winner should show attention to social concerns within the interior design profession and express creative, innovative concepts that have advanced the profession.
It was particularly gratifying to see Cama, a personal friend and a friend of Contract, receive the Designer of Distinction Award. Roz, as friends know her, has built a career as a national leader in evidence-based design for healthcare interiors. Back in 2006, when I was acquisitions editor of architecture and design books at Wiley and managing the then-nascent book publishing partnership Wiley has had with ASID, I approached Roz to ask her if she’d like to write a book on the subject of evidence-based design. At that time, she had already been acknowledged for her body of work and expertise on evidence-based design, and had also previously served as national president of ASID. She did write the book, which carries the ASID name and logo, and Evidence-Based Healthcare Design is now considered the key go-to title on the subject of evidence-based design. Through her book, Cama is imparting her knowledge and enabling other designers to design with evidence. She is furthering the design profession, and truly deserves ASID’s Designer of Distinction Award . Congratulations!