the recliner that does
guided by and designed for
patients and caregivers.
refined aesthetics and
fearless engineering offer
unparalleled function, safety,
elegance and comfort.
graphics firms. At the same time, designers are increasingly serving as
advocates for the benefits of good design, explaining to clients and the
public how design can make spaces healthier, more functional, and more
supportive of the activities for which they are built.
HEALTHY BEHAVIORS. A profound change in recent years has been the
shift within the built environment toward occupant well-being. The recently
launched WELL Building Standard establishes for the first time performance
requirements in seven areas relevant to occupant health—air, water, light,
nourishment, fitness, comfort, and mind. Using evidence-based design,
urban planners, builders, and designers are creating spaces that promote
wellness and healthy behaviors. We are also seeing more widespread recognition
of the importance of biophilia and its impact on health and well-being.
HIGHER SUSTAINABILITY STANDARDS. One of the most transformative
trends affecting interior design now and for at least the next few years is the
rising bar of sustainability standards. The USGBC is currently rolling out updated
standards, LEED v4, that will require architects, interior designers, and even
property managers responsible for building performance to further minimize
environmental footprints. Governments, too, are setting higher standards for
energy and water conservation. New “smart building” systems are improving
monitoring in all areas of the building. The definition of sustainability is expanding,
too, to include occupant health and wellness, and social responsibility.
HOLISTIC DESIGN. The urgency to solve today’s complex building and
design problems is making an interdisciplinary approach more important
than ever. The design silo is being replaced with a systems thinking meth-
odology that looks at the building as an interconnected, interactive whole.
As disciplines become more specialized and continue to merge, we must
have the various practitioners at the table—designers, mechanical and
structural engineers, architects, facility managers, and more—to develop
more holistic solutions.
EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES. Technological innovation is transforming
our profession, both how we design and what we design. Newer visualization
and building information tools, such as 3D printing, BIM, and Revit, have
taken planning and rendering to a whole new level. With the advent of the
Internet of Everything, spaces will be teeming with “smart” devices that will
control and monitor every aspect of its use. Advances in robotics are increasing
the speed of construction, helping to reduce injuries and making possible the
use of new building materials and methods.
Design is changing, and the future promises exciting possibilities for
our profession. I encourage you to read the full Interior Design 2015/2016
Outlook and State of the Industry report to get a full analysis on the leading
trends and sub-trends influencing the profession, as well as the latest economic
data from the marketplace. Visit www.asid.org to obtain your copy.
Stephanie Clemons, Ph.D., FASID, FIDEC, serves as the ASID national
chair, board of directors and is a professor of interior design and University
Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University. ASID can be
reached at 202-546-3480 or email@example.com, and online at asid.org.
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