ASID Opens New HQ Designed by Perkins+Will

Last week, I was pleased to attend the open house for the new headquarters office of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) in Washington, D.C. Designed by a Perkins+Will team led by Ken Wilson, the new office at 1152 15th Street NW, is designed to be the first interior to be rated Platinum in the WELL Building Standard administered by the International WELL Building Institute.

Here are some images from the open house.


New signage features the ASID logo at the front entrance.

For years, the ASID headquarters had been in a renovated building that was a former school on Massachusetts Avenue in Southeast Washington. ASID owned that building and sold it.

This new ASID office for approximately 30 employees is within a new office building one block from Thomas Circle and immediately next to the site of the former office of the Washington Post.


Ribbon cutting at the ASID headquarters.

As ASID notes: “The office is designed with health, wellness, well-being, and sustainability as central organizing principles. The goal is to use the office as a living laboratory that connects interior design solutions to the occupant’s productivity, engagement, retention, and innovation. ASID is investing resources, through the ASID Foundation, into pre- and post-occupancy research to build on the body of knowledge that supports the impact of design.”


ASID CEO Randy Fiser talks about the new office.

ASID CEO Randy Fiser noted that ASID received approximately $500,000 in donated or reduced furnishings and items for the new office. In its list of donors, Teknion, Haworth, and Lutron are listed in “Tier 1”, having given the equivalent of more than $50,000 each. Steelcase and Coalesse, Herman Miller, Humanscale, and OFS Brands are listed in “Tier 2,” having given the equivalent of $25,000 to $50,000 each.


The open office includes sit-stand desks for all employees, and no assigned seats.

In the office, the overhead lighting is designed to adjust automatically as the day proceeds, to give the best quality of light to employees during the course of the day. The lighting is the Quantum Total Light Management System by Lutron, which also provided automated window shades that rise and lower in relation to daylight and time of day.


A custom meeting table was created for ASID. Davis’s Ginkgo Chairs surround the table.



An open kitchen considers the full needs of staff for health and wellness. It’s also a casual gathering area.



One private meeting room is furnished with a couch either for meetings or a quiet place to sit and focus.



Editori in Chief John Czarnecki (left) with Ken Wilson of Perkins+Will (center) and Charrisse Johnston of Steinberg. Wilson led the design of this workplace. Johnston is the chair-elect of the ASID national board, and she becomes chair this fall.


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