Student Symposium

The ASID Texas Chapter 2013 Student Symposium
October 18 & 19, 2013 | Dallas, Texas |

This year’s Student Symposium theme ties to Emerald Green, the color the year, and the classic movie The Wizard of Oz. Come on a journey with us as you explore THE EMERALD CITY OF DESIGN.

Budding designers from schools all over Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Arkansas will be exposed to the real world of interior design, while bringing them together to learn from established professionals and industry members. We are pleased to let you know that this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever.

This year’s theme is sure to lead students down the yellow brick road of design. The two-day event will be filled with rich opportunities, exciting new venues and will EXPOSE you to the reality of this amazingly diverse profession. You will be able to INTERACT one-on-one with successful professionals from all facets of design and PROVE TO YOURSELF that your passion for this industry goes beyond the classroom.

Explore all we have in store for you at the event’s official website – – and don’t forget to follow the ASID Texas Chapter on Twitter and Facebook for additional updates.

Just click your designer heels three times and you are off. THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!

(To get a feel for what this year’s event is going to be like, check out information on last year’s phenomenal symposium below.)

The ASID Texas Chapter 2012 Student Symposium
October 5 & 6, 2012 | Dallas, Texas

We were all guilty of watching way too much of the London Summer Olympic television coverage, but did you attend the Olympics of Design? If not, you missed out

As each year’s Student Symposium has a theme, this year’s event paid homage to the Summer Olympic Games in London and fused it with interior design. The hardworking committee of volunteer ASID members headed up by Co-Chairs Kathryn Nelson, Allied ASID, NEWH, IDG, and Cheryl Petter, Allied ASID, spent months planning the spectacular two-day event that took place in Dallas, Texas. Just as the Summer Games were a success, so were our record numbers of attendees! This year’s event hosted 160 students and 35 practitioners, industry partners, and educators from all over Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. GO HERE to find photos of all events described below.


Opening Ceremony | Lighting of the Torch | Meet Your Olympic Coaches
Students gathered for the morning check-in and breakfast provided by IMC Stone at Renaissance Collection where they could meet students from other Texas interior design schools and programs. Following introductions, they were split up into groups where they met and learned from their Olympic Coaches, made up of ID professionals from all facets of the design process: the interior designer (Rosemarie René, ASID, RID), the construction consultant (O.V. René), the showroom sales and artist (Richard Bettinger), and the multi-line sales rep (Chip Norton).

Spectator Lunch
A quick walk down to the neighboring Herman Miller showroom, students were then greeted with a complimentary lunch (provided by Herman Miller) and learned all about Marketing 101 from showroom manager and adjunct faculty member of Tarrant County College Jesse Garcia, Industry IIDA.

Relay Race
Shiny black shuttle buses then scooped up the groups of students and chaperones to their various rotating locations that comprised the full-scale hospitality tour. Stop 1: Meet Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID, RID and Jerry Flemons, AIA, LEED AP to hear about The Joule Hotel expansion project. Stop 2: Meet Kerry Walton, RID of Teknion and Diane Lloyd Kliebenstein of ForrestPerkins and hear how they utilized their products and knowledge to create a functional and beautiful office then tour the new ForrestPerkins offices at Turtle Creek Boulevard. Stop 3: Donning hard hats, safety vests, and goggles, students got a first-hand experience of walking a real construction site by touring a downtown Dallas landmark – The Joule Hotel. They also learned from the engineers and contractors about the process and challenges they overcame along the way. Following was a tour of two model rooms complete with custom furniture, fixtures, equipment and other amenities for the future hotel guests all hosted by Balfour Beatty.

Gold Medal Speaker | Athletes’ Recovery
Featured Speaker, Matthew DeGeeter, ASID, LEED AP, ID+C and Interior Designer with Perkins+Will in Washington, DC, led a lively look into his career, his life, and how ASID has helped him in so many ways. Following was a Q&A where students could ask anything they wanted, a presentation by Sherwin-William’s very own Ashlynn Bourque, and a cocktail party (provided by Sherwin-Williams) hosted by the lovely new showroom of Pettigrew Luxury Furnishings.


Presentation of the Flags | World Games
As if one whole day wasn’t enough, another welcomed students to even more possibilities and introductions to a host of interior design professionals. A chilly morning met the students for Day 2 as Knoll in Ones Arts Plaza in downtown Dallas hosted the Saturday events. A morning breakfast provided by the ASID Dallas Design Community and introductions prepared students for the big games ahead: The Speed Charette sponsored by Wexel Art.

This year’s assignment was created by ASID’s very own Membership Director and faculty professor at University of Texas in Austin, Tamie Glass, ASID, RID. Students met design obstacles and a challenging retail assignment with a team comprised of new faces, all levels of schooling, and a limited amount of time. What followed were 15 teams and successful designs for a London warehouse location to host the “Remains of the Games” (all FF&E used by the summer’s athletes to be resold to the general public). GO HERE to see lists of students from the top 5 teams, photos of all 15 teams’ boards, and the 5 judges.

Tips From Your Trainer | Training Lunch
After the dust settled and students turned in their Charette boards, they sat down to live Skype with Barbara Marini, FASID, IDEC, an educator at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Detroit, administrator, researcher, mentor and volunteer, and 2012-2013 ASID National President.

Lunch followed provided by Cosentino and students had the opportunity to meet (in intimate groups of 6-8) with over 20 design professionals from all facets of the industry, have their design portfolios reviewed by faculty and other experienced critics, review their résumés and gain invaluable career advice all the while.

Presentation of the Medals
The Awards Presentation was one of honor as Isin King, Allied ASID and friends introduced the Kathy Parr Hammond Memorial Scholarships*. $7,500 in Student Scholarships was awarded to a group of very deserving students who have been leaders in their school and their community:

• $1,500* | Corey Davey, Student ASID – Texas State University, Senior
• $1,500* | Gracia Esperanza Ferreyro, Student ASID – Abilene Christian University, Junior
• $1,500 | Kim Dickerson, Student ASID – University of North Texas, Senior
• $1,000 | Kelly Hunt, Student ASID – Texas State University, Senior
• $1,000 | Allison Lutz, Student ASID – Baylor University, Senior
• $1,000 | Edelyn Putri, Student ASID – University of Texas at Austin, 2nd Year Graduate Student

GO HERE to see a photo and read more about the scholarship recipients.

$1,000 in prizes was given to 1st Place Winners of the Student Design Competition and both 1st and 2nd Place Winners were awarded a complimentary 1-Year Student Profile on the ASID Texas Chapter Website and awarded their very own acrylic Olympic Medal:

Commercial Design [sponsor: Benjamin Moore]
• 1st Place [$250] | Kelly Hunt, Student ASID – Texas State University
• 2nd Place | Nicole Dorsey, Student ASID – Abilene Christian University

Hospitality Design [sponsor: Benjamin Moore]
• 1st Place [$250] | Jillian Dowdy, Student ASID – Abilene Christian University
• 2nd Place | Morgan Hudson, Student ASID – Abilene Christian University

Residential Design [sponsor: Benjamin Moore]
• 1st Place [$250] | Kelly Hunt, Student ASID – Texas State University
• 2nd Place | Jillian Dowdy, Student ASID – Abilene Christian University

One Unique Space [sponsor: Delos Rugs]
• 1st Place [$250] | Heather Anne McElroy, Student ASID – Baylor University
• 2nd Place | McKenie Gamez – Baylor University

Collaborative Design [sponsor: Empressive GeoDesigns]
• 1st Place [$250] | Abilene Christian University – Chad Moore, Student ASID & Nicole Dorsey, Student ASID
• 2nd Place | Texas State University – Kelly Hunt, Student ASID & Claire Lucke, Student ASID

GO HERE to see a photo of the winners.

In addition to all of the Sponsors linked above, we would also like to thank the following Sponsors for their generous donations, as they were an integral part of the success of this event:
• Medalists: Dallas Rugs, Daltile & Stone Gallery, Fiber-Seal, Pettigrew Luxury Furnishings, PLiNTH & CHiNTZ and Robert-Lawrence Designs
• Tote Bag Sponsor: Uttermost
• Charette Supplies: Knoll, Looney & Associates, Vector Concepts and Wilsonart


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