New Awards To Broaden Access and Inclusivity for the Recognition of Excellence in Interior Design

(March 27, 2023 – Washington, D.C.) – The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has opened submissions and nominations for its 2023 National Awards. Featuring a refreshed format that offers broader inclusivity, the 2023 awards provide 24 opportunities for ASID members and non-members alike to be recognized with the Society’s highest merits. The 2023 awards will be presented during GATHER, the National Conference by ASID, in Los Angeles, August 13-15, 2023. 

ASID’s National Awards honor achievement by a broad range of individuals, teams, and organizations who are advancing the design profession through practice of design, volunteerism, advocacy, research, service, education, and leadership. To increase inclusivity and accessibility for ASID awards recognition, this year’s awards include a new category celebrating interior design projects and new categories of awards for firm sizes. The awards are split into three categories: the  FOCUS Project awards, the Annual Awards, and the Legacy Awards. 

“ASID’s awards have long been a symbol of prestige and excellence in the interior design practice,” said Khoi Vo, chief executive officer, ASID. “Our awards distinguish the top achievements in interior design, and as a leading voice in the community, ASID is proud to improve accessibility and inclusivity for recognition to practitioners spanning all sectors of the profession.” 

“Design impacts lives, and it is important to honor those in our profession who are demonstrating the lasting global impact of design on the human experience,” said Toni Gocke Wyre, chair of the ASID national board. “We are so excited to shine a light on the latest projects and practitioners who are embodying the impact of design on our lives.” 

The new FOCUS Project Awards category spotlights stellar design projects that address four areas of global issues: wellness, diversity, community, and climate. The category recognizes projects completed between January 1, 2021 and March 1, 2023 from both ASID members and nonmembers and will be judged and awarded according to firm size – small, medium, and large. As the National Awards previously recognized individuals, the FOCUS Project Award provides firms of all sizes with opportunities to be awarded for their exemplary projects. 

New in 2023, the Annual Awards celebrate the work and achievements of practitioners with significant design achievements throughout the year. Categories honor educators, volunteers, advocates, and more, bestowing recognition to influential design professionals who are using their talents to showcase the power of design. The following categories make up the Annual Awards: Designer of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Student of the Year, Chapter of the Year, Educator of the Year, Firm of the Year, Community Impact of the Year, and Advocate of the Year. 

The Legacy Awards honor interior designers and organizations across four categories: Designer of Distinction, Steward of Distinction, Luminary of Distinction, and Firm of Distinction. Winners of these awards have exhibited cumulative design excellence through their impressive portfolios, professional contributions, and support from colleagues and other interior design professionals.  

Nominations for the ASID National Award close April 24, 2023, and applications close May 8, 2023. The ASID National Awards are open to all interior designers, ASID members and nonmembers, through nominations and applications; some categories are exclusive to ASID members. ASID National Award winners will be announced at GATHER, the National Conference by ASID, held in Los Angeles August 13-15.  

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The American Society of Interior Designers believes that design transforms lives. Through its programs, networks, and advocacy, ASID serves all those who are a part of the interior design profession and practice. ASID thrives on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. As a leader in shared conversations around topics that matter in design, from evidence-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability, ASID showcases the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide. 

ASID will mark its 50th anniversary in 2025. Celebrating 50 years of industry leadership, ASID is committed to broadening the impact for the future of design in all of the places we work, play, and heal. Learn more at

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