FYI: You can always visit the ASID News Room for the latest press releases distributed to the public and the trade.

ASID Launches One Voice

Each day we use our voices and visions to reshape spaces – and the lives of those occupying them – for the better. With those same voices working in unison, we have the power to design a better future for ourselves and for our entire profession. To do that, every interior designer, soft or loud spoken, must speak up about the issues that affect their ability to practice interior design.

Let’s design our future. Join your voice with the thousands of voices of interior designers across the country. LEARN MORE HERE or TEXT “One Voice” to 52886.

From small business owners to large firms, residential to commercial, the future of our profession will be heavily influenced by government decisions. Right now, elected officials are having conversations on issues that affect your lives and careers.
That’s why ASID is establishing One Voice.

One Voice is every interior designer’s platform – residential, commercial, or Industry Partner, ASID member or non-ASID member – to be heard by their elected officials from the state capital all the way to Washington, D.C. No matter your age or where you are in your career, your voice matters.

It’s time to take action by raising up as One Voice to design our future. Your Voice. Our Voice. We are One Voice!

Texas Chapter Comes in 2nd in the 2015 Chapter Challenge!

ASID thanks the chapters for supporting the ASID Foundation and its mission to transform lives through design. Your generous individual and chapter contributions to the 2015 Chapter Challenge may fund a scholarship opportunity, support research and the Transform grant, assist our pro bono work, train future leaders, and much more. ASID congratulates the chapters that exceeded their fundraising goals during the 2015 Chapter Challenge. Thanks to all for your fantastic effort!

Top Five $ Amounts by ASID Chapter:
1. Colorado raised $12,230
2. Texas raised $6,765
3. California Los Angeles raised $6,303
4. Texas Gulf Coast raised $3,900
5. New Jersey raised $3,280

2015 Student Scholarship Recipients & Design Competition Winners

At the 2015 ASID Texas Chapter Student Symposium that took place October 16th in Dallas, the chapter bestowed $18,500 in scholarships to 11 deserving students from six interior design programs, and awarded 26 awards plus $4,050 to 11 talented students from seven interior design programs. Please visit the Student Scholarships & Competitions page to find out which students were recognized for their achievements.

Transform Interior Design Research Grant Announced

The ASID Foundation is pleased to announce the fifth annual Transform Research Grants that provide essential funding to address critical gaps in industry knowledge, advance design understanding, and transform the practice of interior design for the benefit of everyone.

2016 Topic: Impact of Interior Design on Learning Performance and the Learning Experience
More than ever before, knowledge is power. The ability to acquire new skills and to process information is the difference between economic competitiveness and getting left behind. It is imperative that learning throughout our lifetime be optimized, regardless of where it takes place. The design of formal and informal learning environments (classrooms, laboratories, offices, libraries, homes, exhibitions, etc.) must facilitate our acquisition of knowledge and the sharpening of our competitive edge.

RFP Release: September 28, 2015
Submission Due: December 7, 2015 (11:59 p.m. EST)
Announcement of Grant Recipients: March 8, 2016
Earliest Project Start: April 1, 2016

CLICK HERE to learn more and download the RFP.

Earn CEU Credits Online, Anywhere With ASID Academy

ASID Academy premieres in July 2015 as the comprehensive resource for continuing education and CEU credit fulfillment. ASID Academy supports the Society’s commitment to online learning and professional development through CEU course offerings, papers, and videos made available to members and designers online, anytime.

ASID Academy features a curated, peer-reviewed course catalog with CEU courses focusing on our four key themes that cross-cut all practice areas of interior design: Impact of Design, Leadership Development, Practice of Design, and Business of Design. The catalog further reinforces the Society’s commitment to continuing education, and supports the new December 31, 2015 CEU requirement.

Sign up for a course today! Learn more at

Enter the 2015 Houzz/ASID Impact of Design Showcase

ASID has partnered with Houzz to increase public awareness on the impact and value of interior designers. The Impact of Design Showcase is a joint initiative to bring unparalleled visibility to the field of interior design.

As we celebrate the first 40 years of ASID, we want interior designers to showcase what they believe the next 40 years of design will look like and how it will impact the human experience. All entrants will receive exposure to 35+ million people in the Houzz community, and the showcase winners will be awarded great prizes, like $1500 in photography services, a one year ASID membership (if eligible), a free copy of the Evidence-Based Design for Residential Environments publication, and one free ticket to a 2016 ASID National event of their choice (up to $195 value).

The showcase ends at 12 p.m. PST on October 30, 2015. Submit your projects early. The earlier you enter, the more opportunities you have for people to vote for your project. Don’t forget to take advantage of the extensive benefits Houzz has set up for the entire ASID community. Learn more.

Secure Your 2015 Legacy of Design Awards Celebration Tickets

This year’s Legacy of Design Awards, our annual competition recognizing the finest interior design achievements within the Texas Chapter, will take place the evening of Wednesday, August 12, 2015, in conjunction with the ASID Texas Chapter Annual Meeting, in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Dallas Hotel. Ticket sales and RSVPs opened HERE at 8am CST on July 13. For catering and planning purposes, all ticket sales and RSVPs will cease at 5pm CST on Friday, August 7th, so be sure to secure your spot by that time!

Enter the adorne “Best Before & After” Contest by Legand

‎ASID‬ members, be sure to enter the adorne Best Before & After Contest by ASID Industry Partner Legrand for a chance to win a trip to Paris! Submissions close September 13, 2015. The top ten adorne selected finalists will be open to public vote on Legrand, North America‘s Facebook page from September 21 – October 2, 2015 and the winner will be announced by October 9, 2015. CLICK HERE for rules on eligibility [PDF download].

Nominate An ASID Texas Member for the Inaugural Texas Chapter Awards

The ASID Texas Chapter is excited to announce its first ever Texas Chapter Awards. The honorees will be will be announced at the 2015 Legacy of Design Awards Celebration on August 12th. GO HERE to find out categories and how to nominate a fellow ASID member, but do it fast because the deadline for nominations is July 24, 2015!

Enter the 2015 John Staub Awards

The John Staub Awards program recognizes Texas based practitioners who are committed to promoting excellence in both classical and vernacular traditions. Winners and nominees are architects, designers, and artisans who are dedicated to the promotion of these traditions in Texas. All eligible projects work toward further building on the incredible legacy of John Staub.

In 2011, the Texas Chapter of the ICAA [The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art] launched the inaugural John Staub Awards program for designers and craftspeople based in Texas. These awards honor projects that demonstrate excellence and sensitivity to classical and vernacular traditions and have, in turn, contributed to the legacy of John Staub in Texas. All Texas Chapter members with practices/companies located in Texas were encouraged to submit projects for consideration. Projects constructed within the last ten years were eligible and did not need to be located in Texas.

GO HERE to find out more and how to enter. The deadline for entries is August 14, 2015.

Be a Part of the 2015 ASID San Antonio Pinnacle of Design Awards

The ASID Texas San Antonio Design Community proudly presents the second ASID Interior Design Competition: Pinnacle of Design, which showcases our fellow amazingly talented designers and their beautiful projects ranging from hospitality, healthcare, retail, residential, Industry Partner collaborations and students in our San Antonio Design Community.

> For Practitioners & Students: Be sure to enter the design competition, which is open between June 15-August 1, 2015.
> For Industry Partners: Be sure to take advantage of this annual gathering recognizing the finest interior design achievements with the ASID Texas San Antonio Design Community by either Sponsoring or participating in the Vendor Showcase.
>For EVERYONE: Be sure to secure tickets to the 2015 ASID San Antonio Pinnacle of Design Awards Celebration taking place September 17, 2015.

GO HERE to find out more about all of these opportunities.

Congratulations to the 2015 ASID Dallas Design Community Design Ovation Winners!

The 2015 ASID Dallas Design Ovation Awards Ceremony took place on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at The Empire Room. Practitioners, Industry Partners, Students and Guests enjoyed delicious food, enjoyable camaraderie, and a stunning on-going visual presentation showcasing the work of all of the year’s entrants. GO HERE to find a list of the Winners, as well as links to view photos from the event.

Changes To The CIDQ IDEP System

[distributed directly by CIDQ on December 2, 2014 | posted here December 3, 2014]

The Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) has been providing the Interior Design Experience Program (IDEP) system free of charge since the fall of 2012. Due to several factors related to the free software service, CIDQ has made the strategic decision to plan and implement significant changes to IDEP. Therefore, beginning December 2, 2014, IDEP candidates should stop logging their hours in the MyNCIDQ system. Instead, the suggested work experience areas and their suggested hours formerly organized through IDEP will be listed in a free downloadable PDF on our website beginning December 15, 2014. The tracking of these hours will now be up to candidates to track on their own. All pending IDEP applications in the current MyNCIDQ system will be voided.

If you are currently enrolled in the IDEP system, you must print all completed IDEP time logs by Friday, December 5 at 5 pm EST if you want to keep a record of the time you recorded via the IDEP online tool. When the MyNCIDQ system reopens on Monday, December 15, 2014 there will no longer be an option to track IDEP hours in the system. Tracking hours will now be each candidate’s responsibility. No records of time logs from the old MyNCIDQ system will be kept by CIDQ. When you have reached the minimum work experience requirement to qualify for the NCIDQ Exam, you will complete the standard work experience forms to document your completion of these hours.

If you are an IDEP participant’s supervisor or mentor, we suggest that you contact your candidate to discuss their plans for tracking their supervised experience hours, now and in the future, and download the forthcoming suggested Work Experience Outline that provides the task area breakdowns for work experience from this point forward.

Gov. Rick Perry Signs Sunset Extension of the Registered Interior Designer Law

[posted here June 18, 2013]

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 17, 2013 | The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), on behalf of its more than 30,000 members, announces its support for Texas Governor Rick Perry passing the Sunset Extension of the Registered Interior Designer Law. ASID continuously supports legislation, such as this, that protects and recognizes the interior design profession.

In November 2012, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission Staff proposed to eliminate the Texas Interior Design Registration Program. The ASID Government and Public Affairs staff monitored this proposal, eventually testifying before the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission advocating to reject the staff proposal and to maintain the current interior design registration program. The proposal was rejected and the Interior Design Registration Program extension passed.

Thank you to the members of the ASID Texas Chapter and the Texas Association for Interior Design for supporting and encouraging passage of this bill.

For more information, please contact ASID Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, Don Davis at (202) 675-2344 or

2013 Environmental Scanning Report

[distributed to all Society members via a direct email on March 11, 2013; posted here March 11, 2013]

Staying ahead of the game isn’t just wishful thinking, it’s strategic thinking. The ability to notice trends and patterns, and their inherent meaning, can help guide you in how to change the course of your business to stay competitive in this ever-changing economy.

For example, social media is now a central part of our everyday lives. We aren’t just connected, we’re interconnected. We’ve quickly gone from one-to-one to many-to-many and decision makers must be poised to deliver value to that broader base.

2013 is forecast to be a year of observation. The economy is showing signs of recovery, but at a very slow rate. The Environmental Scanning Report is full of insights to help managers gain perspective on the signs of the times.
To forecast your business strategies and plan for the future, download your free copy of the Environmental Scanning Report now.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the 2013 Environmental Scanning Report. (FREE for members, $25 for non-members)

ASID Invites You to Experience Our Impact Report

[distributed to all Society members via a direct email on February 4, 2013; posted here February 7, 2013]

February marks the completion of Randy Fiser’s first year as ASID CEO/EVP, and he has spent an amazing year meeting, working with and serving the incredible members of ASID and the design community at large.

We invite you to view ASID’s new Impact Report. It highlights ASID achievements throughout 2012 and our plan for the future, illustrating the immense community of interior designers and the breadth of impact we continue to have:

Home Making: Evidence-Based Design for Residential Environments

[distributed to all Society members via a direct email on November 20, 2012, and via ASID’s Eye on Design e-newsletter on November 23, 2012; posted here November 27, 2012]

ASID and its Foundation are proud to announce the first professional guide to evidence-based design for residential designers, Home Making: Evidence-Based Design for Residential Environments.

Until now, the power of evidence-based design research was only available to commercial and healthcare designers. As a residential designer, Home Making gives you the resources you need to incorporate research in your designs, which will differentiate and enhance your work to give you the expertise you need to stay competitive:

Home Making includes:

  • Case studies on how natural light, plants and artwork can help create a home environment that is green and healthy and increases well being.
  • Research on how the use of bright, vibrant colors can help alleviate the affects of aging and provide stimulation in learning environments.
  • Resources for doing your own research or finding the most current research published.

Home Making is both an introduction and an essential resource for any designer wanting to take their practice to the next level.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of Home Making. (FREE for members, $25 for non-members)

ASID and Dwell Media Announce National Partnership

[distributed to all Society members via ASID’s Eye on Design e-newsletter on October 26, 2012; posted here October 29, 2012]

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Dwell Media today announced their national partnership. Dwell will serve as a media partner for the ASID annual Chapter Leadership Conference, which will be held at Dwell’s premiere design conference and exhibition, Dwell on Design, in Los Angeles in June. Dwell on Design will welcome 500 chapter leaders and board members of ASID to join the 30,000 attendees expected this year. The partnership rounds out each organizations’ mission to bring together the design community and consumers to celebrate and advance great design.

The partnership provides ASID’s 30,000 members special discounts to Dwell’s national roster of design industry events all year long including Dwell on Design, Dwell Home Tours, Dwell Conversations, and City Modern NYC. GO HERE to read the full press release and find out more details.

Highlights from the first annual ASID State of the Industry Address

[distributed to all Society members via ASID’s Eye on Design e-newsletter on September 21, 2012; posted here September 21, 2012; also sent in a direct email to members on September 26, 2012]

Randy Fiser, Executive Vice President and CEO of ASID, presented the Society’s first annual State of the Industry Address this week at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The presentation included data from the ASID State of the Industry report, which provides an overview of design industry economic figures, including its size, scope and impact on business productivity, health care, education and legislation. CLICK HERE to view a summary [PDF download] of the report and a full transcript of the address.

How Affordable Care Act Will Impact ASID Members

[distributed to all Society members via ASID’s Eye on Design e-newsletter on July 6, 2012; posted here July 9, 2012]

On June 28, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the health care reform law). Because the law was not ruled unconstitutional, the policies passed in 2010 will continue to be implemented over the next several years. There are specific items in the health care reform package that will directly or indirectly impact interior designers working in the small business setting. To learn more, click here [PDF download].

Special Introductory Offer: Free Money-Saving Report from the ASID Business Library

[distributed to all Society members via ASID’s Eye on Design e-newsletter on June 29, 2012; posted here July 9, 2012]

ASID has teamed up with The Business Library to meet your business needs by providing answers to your most important big-dollar opportunities, concerns and questions, with actual case studies to lead you to the right decisions that pay off for you and your business today and for many years to come. To help you get started, The Business Library is offering ASID members a FREE report, “Auto and Equipment Leasing.” Learn how you can better protect yourself and save money on your next auto or equipment lease or rental. Download your copy now. Start making your business more profitable today. Click here for a listing and description of all reports.

ASID and IIDA Joint Statement

[distributed to all Society members via direct email from ASID HQ on March 15, 2012; posted here March 15, 2012]

Dear ASID Member:

The ASID and IIDA Boards of Directors reaffirm their desire and intention to continue our work together on issues of mutual interest that benefit the members of the interior design community.

Recent joint endeavors include:

  • Substantial investments by ASID and IIDA with the Interior Designers of Canada to restructure the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), the profession’s CEU registry for Interior Designers
  • Ongoing planning with ASID and IIDA to jointly provide a new, more accessible and lower cost NCIDQ preparatory program for designers
  • Increased opportunities for student chapter collaboration through the joint promotion of student member experiences including the Student Career Exchange and Student Career Bootcamp at NeoCon 2012
  • A joint Fellows summit at NeoCon 2012

The senior leadership and boards of both organizations continue to explore joint initiatives that support our collective Members. We will meet later this month to continue that work and help provide strong leadership for our industry.

We sincerely believe that creating successful collaborative initiatives is the foundation for the evolution of the profession and ASID and IIDA.

Lisa Henry, FASID – ASID President & Peter Conant, IIDA, AIA – President, IIDA International

ASID/IIDA Joint Statement FAQ:

Q: Will ASID and IIDA create one organization for the profession?
A: ASID and IIDA continue to work toward organizational unity on a number of resources and programs designed to benefit all members. At this time we cannot project precisely how these collaborative activities will evolve, but member value and the advancement of the interior design profession remains our top priority.

Q: What is IDCEC and why was it established?
A: The Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) is a centralized accrediting body for interior design continuing education. IDCEC aims to streamline the accreditation process for both course takers and providers, and to elevate the quality of continuing education within the industry.

Q: What is the new NCIDQ prep program that is being developed?
A: ASID’s previous STEP workshop model required instructors and learners to participate in a three-day intensive program over the course of a weekend followed by a paper-based exam. Over the years, we have seen significant changes in the way people learn and in turn, ASID and IIDA are partnering to offer an improved course that offers a one-day, in-person meeting in addition to an online practical exam.

Q: How are the two organizations working together to benefit student members?
A: We are excited to collaborate on a new program at NeoCon 2012 called Destination Passport, which combines the resume and portfolio review, guest speakers, and 1:1 networking events of ASID’s Student Career Exchange event and IIDA’s Student Career Bootcamp event under one umbrella to provide students the fullest experience at NeoCon.

ASID Appoints New Executive Vice President and CEO

[distributed to all Society members via direct email from ASID HQ on January 17, 2012; posted here January 19, 2012]

Dear ASID members:

This is a landmark moment in the history of ASID. I am delighted to be able to send this announcement to you.

Mr. Randy W. Fiser was selected and affirmed by the Board of Directors to serve ASID under the title of Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer.

Our profession faces tremendous opportunities and is in the midst of significant change. We are so pleased to have Randy’s innovative leadership experience at the helm of ASID.

His expertise in organizational development skills combined with his strategic business background will be of benefit to our members and the profession. I look forward to introducing Randy to our Chapter leaders and members in the upcoming months.
Randy brings to ASID an extensive background in leading organizational transformation in corporate, not-for-profit, and professional services industries. His innovative leadership expertise includes leading staff, boards, executives and stakeholders to design strategies, implement programs and measure performance to achieve organizational vision and goals.

He comes to ASID from the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit education reform organization Achieve, where he served as vice president of management, finance and operations. He has previous experience as vice president of strategy for the Fannie Mae Foundation, as a Senior Advisor at the Make It Right Foundation, and as a senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading provider of strategy, management and technology consulting. Randy also brings a unique point of view about the capacity of design to make a difference in people’s lives and professions. Working with the Make It Right Foundation, he shared his observation of the power of design as it added so much to the lives of the residents of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Randy is committed to lead ASID in its quest to raise awareness of the power of design to transform the human experience in all types of spaces.

Our national search task force sought a candidate that has visionary and innovative leadership skills. We sought an individual that would inspire staff as well as volunteers while having a strong communications and administrative background. Randy was unanimously chosen by the selection committee and approved by the ASID Board of Directors as the ideal fit for ASID from over 150 candidates. He has an MBA from Georgetown University, a Master of Arts in counseling and human development from University of Georgia, and a Bachelor of Arts in human resource management from Northern Arizona University.

Please join me in welcoming Randy to ASID. We all look forward to the exciting and meaningful work we have ahead of us!

Lisa Henry, FASID
ASID President

ASID introduces Design Business Benchmarking to Members

[distributed to all Society members via direct email from ASID HQ on November 1, 2011; posted here November 1, 2011]

Wondering How to Help Your Business? Get Answers.

Is your business the best it can be? How would you know? Up to now, it’s been almost impossible to compare your interior design business to others. With the new Design Business Benchmarking service, exclusively from ASID, all that has changed. Forget spreadsheets. Easy to read charts and graphs let you see how your business stacks up and where you can make changes that will reduce your costs and improve your profitability.

Stop guessing and start improving your business today. Learn more at To view a video demonstration, GO HERE.

Enter the 2012 ASID Design Awards

[distributed to all Society members via ASID’s Eye on Design e-newsletter on October 14, 2011; posted here November 1, 2011]

The entry period for the 2012 ASID Design Awards opens Oct. 15. The ASID Design Awards honor those who have made significant contributions toward the advancement of the profession, while exemplifying a commitment to enhancing quality of life through interior design. Submit your entry by Dec. 15 at

ASID introduces The Business Library to Members

[distributed to all Society members via ASID’s Eye on Design e-newsletter on August 26, 2011; posted here August 29, 2011]

ASID has teamed up with The Business Library to meet your business needs by providing answers to your most important big-dollar opportunities, concerns and questions. What’s my business worth? How do I increase my retirement money and income? When should I sell my business, and how do I negotiate the best deal? How do I prepare a financing proposal to get needed capital? How do I design a compensation package that gives me the most after-tax income? How can I assure business continuity, save personal and business taxes, increase and manage my cash flow, and build more wealth?

Visit the ASID Business Resource Library on our website and see how The Business Library answers those questions and many more, with actual case studies to lead you to the right decisions that pay off for you and your business today and for many years to come.

Through special arrangement with The Business Library, we are able to offer you some of their most popular resources for a fraction of the normal cost. ASID members pay only $12 for each report — a savings of $27 off the regular price.

GO HERE for a listing and description of all reports. We hope you take full advantage of The Business Library as a valuable new member benefit. Plus, check out the Practice & Business area of the website for more business resources.

ASID Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

[distributed to all Society members via ASID direct email on June 22, 2011; posted here June 23, 2011]

The American Society of Interior Designers takes great pride in our Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct as both a practice and a policy. It separates ASID members from all others, providing us with a unique value proposition. For those we work with or for, it becomes a matter of choice. That choice is to choose an ASID professional, one that is held to a higher standard.

Recently, a council of ASID volunteers updated the Code of Ethics and recommendations were made to and approved by the National Board. These changes updated the Code to reflect the legal, social and technological environments in which we practice today. It also updates the requirements needed to file a complaint against a fellow member.

It is extremely important that we as ASID members have sound business practices and ethical parameters. We ask that you take a few moments to review the newly revised Code of Ethics at If you have any questions please contact Caitlin Lewis at

More ASID News Online, Less Clutter in Your Inbox!

[distributed to all Society members via ASID’s Eye on Design e-newsletter on June 17, 2011; posted here June 20, 2011]

In an effort to provide streamlined Society news, updates and industry happenings, we will be transitioning ASID NewsFlash to a monthly format, with content geared toward your membership category. We will also be combining the Eye on Design and Eye on Design Business e-newsletters into a single, weekly Eye on Design news brief. Each issue will include a combination of design industry and business news articles. The new format will allow us to keep members current while reducing the number of emails from ASID. In addition, all the content will be accessible through the “ASID Mobile” App. Be on the lookout for these changes, beginning in July.

To stay on top of what’s going on in the ASID world, and the design world at large, be sure to check out our latest news outlet Click the “news” tab and bookmark the page today!

A Message to Members from the ASID Staff

[distributed to all Society members via ASID direct email on May 9, 2011; posted here May 24, 2011]

Over the past several months, ASID and its members have been leading the effort against the attempted deregulation of commercial interior design in Florida. It is with great pleasure that we announce to you today [May 9, 2011] that House Bill 5005, the “Deregulation of Professions and Occupations” bill, was defeated in the Senate on Friday, May 6 by a resounding 32-6 vote.

[This] victory clearly benefits the thousands of registered interior designers across Florida. Their right to maintain hard-earned voluntary registration, that provides the opportunity to work in commercial settings, benefits all designers across the country.

Our success in Florida would not have been possible without the commitment from ASID’s members. To support our efforts in Florida, ASID’s team worked tirelessly to distill misinformation about our profession and to ensure legislators understood the value of commercial interior design registration.

While the defeat of H.B. 5005 stands as a clear victory for all interior designers, our fight in Florida and across the country is not done yet. Our profession will continue to be confronted by similar opposition, so we must remain vigilant against misinformation campaigns such as the ones we faced in Florida and stand behind one unified message. The future of professional interior design depends on it.

Thank you for your continued support of ASID and the interior design profession.

Don Davis, ASID Director of Government and Public Affairs
Caitlin Lewis, Manager of Government and Public Affairs
Tom Kaczmarek, Manager of Government and Public Affairs

Going Mobile! Introducing Our New ASID Mobile App for the iPhone

[distributed to all Society members via ASID’s Eye on Design e-newsletter on April 29, 2011; posted here April 29, 2011]

If you are an iPhone user, you can now access the ASID Product Finder, website and design news stories through your phone. Go to the App Store on iTunes and search “ASID Mobile” to download the free App. The App also includes contact information for ASID Customer Service and a “member card” where you can store your membership number and login information.

And while you are getting connected, check out the new ASID ICON portal at and follow us on Twitter@asidicon for design news you can use.

A Message to Members from the ASID President

[distributed to all Society members via a direct email from ASID on April 25, 2011; posted here April 26, 2011]

As you are aware, over the past several weeks ASID and its members have been actively working against the attempt to deregulate commercial interior design in Florida. I wanted to take a brief moment to share with you recent developments in the Florida Legislature and steps we at ASID are taking to protect the rights of our colleagues in the Sunshine State.

On April 7, the House passed House Bill 5005, the “Deregulation of Professions and Occupations” bill. Because the Senate refused to concur with the language of the bill, the measure currently awaits consideration in Conference Committee. H.B. 5005 can only pass if both the House and Senate agree on the final language.

Although the bill is still very much alive, the Senate’s refusal to pass H.B. 5005 in its current form has opened an opportunity for interior designers to still be removed from the bill. ASID has enlisted the support of a respected team of Florida-based lobbyists with a history of success and a communications firm that is second to none to help with our efforts.

Together, we have been working tirelessly over the past three weeks to craft a clear and unified message to targeted legislators to remove interior designers from the bill. Significant progress continues to be made by our team in Florida, but the next two weeks will be critical in this fight.

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to watch our new video titled: Interior Design Deregulation in Florida: The Real Impact on You. Featuring our own Don Davis, ASID Director of Government and Public Affairs, the video aims to clear the water on the truth behind how deregulating interior design in Florida would hurt the consumer, the profession and the Florida economy as a whole.

We will keep you informed as we receive further updates from Tallahassee. Thank you for your continued support of ASID and the interior design profession.

Michael Thomas, FASID – 2011 ASID President

Announcing Daily Promotions Dedicated Solely to the Interior Design Industry

[distributed to all Society members via ASID’s Eye on Design e-newsletter on April 22, 2011; posted here April 26, 2011]

Are you looking for the latest exclusive promotions for Interior Design professionals direct from top suppliers within the interior design industry? Do you ever wish you could find one spot that had the latest discounts, specials, and closeouts on products and services you purchase every day?

Announcing the launch of Daily Exclusive Promotions within the ASID Interior Design Product Finder. The amazing Daily Promotions within the ASID Interior Design Product Finder include everything Interior Design Professionals need, all with a special discount.

To access these exclusive promotions, CLICK HERE.

Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) Poised for Success in Continuing Education Accreditation Efforts

Three Associations Partner; Director Named to Head New Organization [distributed to all Society members via ASID’s NewsFlashe-newsletter on March 22, 2011; posted here March 24, 2011]

ASID, Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and International Interior Design Association (IIDA) are pleased to formally announce a partnership among the three design organizations to create an accrediting body for interior design continuing education. They will formalize and centralize what is currently a voluntary, decentralized consortium known as the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC).

It is the mission of IDCEC to serve as the premier advocate for continuing education in the advancement of the interior design profession, and to inspire and guide providers of continuing education programs to deliver high-quality lifelong learning activities for interior design practitioners. Under the direction of newly hired IDCEC Director Brynell D’Mello, a small staff will be selected and board of directors chosen as the organization works to centralize records/files and convert them to a web-based, data-driven infrastructure.

To read the full press release, CLICK HERE.

ASID Fact Sheets Supporting Professional Opportunities for Designers

A Message from ASID [distributed to all Society members via direct email message on March 7, 2011; posted March 8, 2011]

In the last several weeks, ASID has noted that several special interest groups have spread mistruths about ASID’s legislative policy and ASID’s efforts to provide professional opportunities for designers. To assist you in responding to misinformation and to help members better understand ASID’s public policy positions, the government affairs team has posted several documents in the “Understanding the Issues” section of The documents can be reviewed and downloaded via this link:

ASID believes that laws, regulation and legislation that open new practice opportunities for designers should be supported. Designers who become registered, licensed or certified do not limit others from practicing, but open new areas to the entire profession. This legal process is no different from state regulations for architects, engineers, accountants or the hundreds of other professions that are subject to professional licensure regulation. Thank you for your support of the interior design profession.

For more information, please contact Director of Government and Public Affairs at ASID, Don Davis at (202) 675-2344

ASID Declares Locke vs. Shore Decision a Victory for Florida Businesses and Interior Design Community: Circuit Court Upholds Florida’s Interior Design Licensure

A Message from ASID [distributed to all Society members via direct email message on March 7, 2011; posted March 7, 2011]

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and its members support the United States Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit on its decision this week to uphold the State of Florida’s interior design statute. The Court unanimously affirmed last year’s District Court decision that Florida’s licensing requirement for interior designers practicing in commercial settings is constitutional. The statute does not prevent any designer from performing the work they currently do but expands the scope of work for those who meet additional requirements. Interior designers practicing in residential settings in Florida may do so without a license.

“We are very pleased that the Court upheld the state’s interior design statute,” said Director of Government and Public Affairs at ASID, Don Davis. “This decision ensures Floridians will continue to benefit from the high quality of services the interior design community provides.” In a well reasoned opinion, the Court rejected, among other things, the Appellants’ contention that the Florida legislature’s safety concern does not provide a rational basis for the license requirement. Believing in Florida’s right to maintain and enforce legislation that serves to protect the public safety and consumers, ASID filed an Amicus Curiae Brief with the Court in support of the proposition that Florida had a rational basis for regulating commercial interior designers. The National Council for Interior Design Qualification, which administers the national qualifying examination recognized by the state, also submitted an Amicus Curiae Brief in support of the state’s position.

For more information, please contact Director of Government and Public Affairs at ASID, Don Davis at (202) 675-2344

ASID Notice: Fraudulent Resume Emails on the Rise

A Message from ASID [distributed to all Society members via ASID’s Eye on Design e-newsletter on May 14, 2010; posted here May 20, 2010]

At a time when graduating students and emerging professionals are electronically sending their resumes to prospective employers, fraudulent emails requesting employment consideration have been detected. Several ASID members have received such emails, in which the resume attachments contain viruses that may damage your computer. Take the necessary steps to separate your resume from fraudulent requests. ASID recommends that you:

• Call in advance to obtain correct contact information.
• Send a personal greeting, as opposed to something generic.
• Send a preliminary email, as a “heads up” to the recipient.

Employers, if you have experienced any suspicious e-mail correspondence, please contact the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at or (877) 382-4357.

ASID Praised As “Man in the Arena”

A Message from ASID [distributed to all Society members via direct email message on March 24, 2010; posted March 25, 2010]

An industry publication, Office Insight, recently applauded the Florida court decision in the article titled “Interior Design: Victorious in Florida”. The court ruling was handed down in early February upholding the interior design practice act. Brad Powell, author of the mentioned article, has credited ASID for its legislative efforts. “ASID has kept its mind open and, fighting the slings and arrows of sometimes outrageous fortune and accusations, has emerged the victor and deserves the gratitude of the profession as a whole.”

To read the article in its entirety, click here to download the PDF document. For more information on the Florida lawsuit visit and click on the tab Legislation & Advocacy. If you have any questions or comments please contact the Government and Public Affairs department at

ASID Notice: “Robocall” Vendor Not Associated With ASID

A Message from ASID [distributed to all Society members via ASID’s Eye on Design e-newsletter on November 20, 2009; posted here November 23, 2009]

ASID has recently become aware of a California-based online vendor of Asian furniture that is placing “robocalls” (i.e., automated phone calls) to the ASID membership in which they apparently state that these calls are in “conjunction with ASID.” Please note that it is ASID policy that we do not give out or sell members’ phone numbers at any time to any third-party organization. ASID has no relationship at all with this specific company, as they are not and have never been an Industry Partner member of ASID. If you become aware of any such activity, please let ASID headquarters know at

ASID Notice: NAHB Votes on Recommendation

A Message from ASID [distributed via ASID’s NewsFlash electronic newsletter on November 2, 2009; posted here November 2, 2009]

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently passed a recommendation opposing “legislation that would restrict the ability of NAHB members to practice interior design in the normal pursuit of their residential construction and remodeling businesses.” Please know that ASID will not advocate for legislation that restricts interior design practice or services currently provided. Further, existing and proposed interior design legislation does not impact residential design practices or services, and ASID will continue to only support legislation that does not adversely affect homebuilders and other businesses in residential settings. In fact, ASID believes that interior design legislation creates more choices for interior designers and consumers and, in turn, decreases construction and service costs. The NAHB recommendation, which we understand to be non-binding to its groups at the state and local level, would not be impacted by ASID-supported legislation. ASID sent a letter to NAHB emphasizing that the Society will continue to ensure that ASID-supported legislation will not negatively impact homebuilders or their businesses. To read the letter, go to ASID and NAHB share a long history of working together, and ASID hopes to strengthen that relationship in the future. Learn more by going here.

Notice: Green Building Certificate Program

A Message from the ASID Texas Chapter [posted September 24, 2009]

St. Edward’s University Professional Education Center located in northwest Austin is partnering with Colorado State University–Pueblo’s distinguished Green Building Certificate distance learning program. This 8-week program helps prepare building professionals for the LEED® Green Associate exam, thus helping them achieve certification that distinguishes them in their field. The certificate program is directed by Larry Grosse, Emeritus Head of the Department of Construction Management at CSU–Pueblo, which is a nationally recognized leader in construction management education and green building. The certificate program is geared to:

• Design professionals — interior, landscape, architectural
• Contractors and builders, planners and commissioners
• Facility managers and stakeholders
• Built environment engineers and decision-makers

Classes will take place on Thursday nights between Oct. 1–Nov. 19 (8 weeks) from 6:30pm-10:00pm at St. Edward’s University Professional Education Center, 9420 Research Blvd., Bldg. III. Go here to find out more information, go here to download a press release about the program, and go here to download information explaining how ASID members can receive a $120 discount on tuition.

ASID Notice: Scam Artists

A Message from ASID [distributed to all Society members via ASID’s Eye on Design e-newsletter on July 31, 2009; posted here July 31, 2009]

ASID Headquarters has recently been informed of several instances in which ASID practitioner members have been contacted via email or telephone by scam artists posing as potential clients. Click here (PDF download) to view a sample of the communications received by our members. These scam artists commonly pose as serviceman returning from Iraq or someone from a foreign country, and many times, they propose alternative payment schemes due to relocating or traveling. Like many scams, the problem arises when the scam artist asks the interior designer to handle financial matters by depositing what turns out to be a fraudulent check and sending a portion of the money immediately to another person or organization. Communications often contain a lot of very convincing detail, ask that you charge their credit card, make a payment and retain a portion as a deposit for your work. Please don’t fall prey to this attempt to defraud you. Go here for a more detailed account on ASID’s Facebook page, which also contains information on what to do if you find yourself in this situation.

ASID Texas Update: Amended Texas Interior Design Title Act

A Message from the ASID Texas Chapter [posted May 14, 2009]

On May 12, 2009, Governor Rick Perry signed bill HB 1484 into law, amending the Texas Interior Design Title act from a “Naked” one to that of a “Qualified” one. It became effective immediately. To understand the history of this issue, go here.

ASID Update: Regarding ASID & IIDA Merging

A Message from ASID Headquarters [distributed to all Society members via ASID’s Eye on Design e-newsletter on May 8, 2009, as well as in a direct e-mail to all Society members on May 8, 2009; posted here May 8, 2009]

As we reported to you last fall, the boards of ASID and IIDA met to initiate talks on ways to advance the interior design profession, including how our organizations could better collaborate and whether there was merit in exploring a possible merger of the two organizations at some time in the future. After deliberation, the IIDA board recently released a statement that it did not support merging with ASID at this time. [To access a PDF file of this statement, please click here.]

ASID respects this decision and welcomes the opportunity to work with IIDA on issues that affect our members and the profession as a whole. As IIDA affirmed, both organizations recognize the inherent and real need for increased collaboration on issues in the profession, and we are proud to acknowledge that we are moving forward with these intentions. If you have any further questions on this matter, please e-mail

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