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Designers recognized for enhancing quality of life
Jun 22, 2012

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) presented the winners of the 2012 ASID Design Awards at its annual Celebration ceremony during NeoCon on June 11. The annual Awards honor those who have made significant contributions toward the advancement of the profession, while exemplifying a commitment to enhancing quality of life.
The winners were selected by a judging panel of experts including Amanda Dameron, editor in chief of Dwell magazine; Nila Leiserowitz of Gensler; Deborah Lloyd Forrest of ForrestPerkins; and Michael McCoy of McCoy + McCoy.
The 2012 winners are:
ASID Designer of Distinction: Rosalyn Cama, FASID. Cama is a recognized expert and pioneer in the field of evidence-based design. She is president and principal of CAMA Inc. in New Haven, Conn., an interior planning and design firm with a mission to create interior environments that improve outcomes for clients in healthcare and academia. She serves as Chair of the Board for the Center for Health Design and is a past national President of ASID and is an author and frequent speaker on interior design’s role in creating places of well-being.
ASID Nancy Vincent McClelland Award: Kerrie Kelly, ASID. An accomplished interior designer, author, instructor and multimedia consultant, Kelly is actively involved in design education, mentoring and research. In addition to running her own firm in Sacramento, Calif. travels through classrooms across the country speaking on the value of design. 
In 2009 she authored Home Décor: A Sunset Design Guide to educate homeowners about the principles of design and the value of working with an interior designer. She also recently completed a multimedia project for Pearson Education titled “My Interior Design Kit,” which combines interviews with design leaders and online, interactive design simulations.
ASID Design for Humanity Award: The 1% program of Public Architecture. The organization asks every design professional to commit a minimum of 1% of their time to pro bono service. The 1% program connects design firms with nonprofit organizations in need of design assistance and is represented by over 1,000 participating firms, contributing 300,000 hours valued at nearly $40 million in services annually.
Innovation Award: Material ConneXion. The industry’s largest resource for advanced, innovative and sustainable materials and processes, Material ConneXion bridges the gap between science and design to create practical manufacturing solutions. It plays a unique role as a catalyst for research, new material innovations and products that create opportunities to advance the design industry.
Two awards recognizing outstanding academic contributions to the profession were bestowed at the event: the Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award, which went to Emily Dyer, Student ASID, Endicott College for her thesis: Dwelling in the Home: Designing for Mindfulness, Connection and Well-being; and the Joel Polsky Prize, which went to Buie Harwood, Bridget A. May, and Curt Sherman.

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