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Wikipedia, Reddit, and Yelp were founded based on the notion of community, even
though their users are people who may never meet in real life.
ASID is both a local and virtual community. Our members are made up of
designers at every stage of their careers, who practice all types of design, for
all sorts of clients. They operate their own firms, and they work for firms with
thousands of employees. They live in small towns as well as huge cities. ASID
strives to elevate the entire profession of interior design, and we do so by listening to
what’s happening globally and looking out for the interests of designers practicing
in their local areas. Our members can connect in person if they wish, at chapter
events as well as national programs. Or they can go use our myriad online
resources and learn about the latest in biophilic design, keep up with industry
trends, or better manage their business’ cash flow, for example.
We also believe that the best designs are created with multidisciplinary
teams, and that the issues the world faces are best tackled with others. So
we have partnered with the International WELL Building Institute and many
other organizations to tackle such challenges as building for human health and
improving wellness through technology.
As I recently shared with the fantastic interior design students at the
University of Arkansas, joining the ASID community was the best career move
that I ever made. From my UCLA Extension student chapter, to the local L.A.
chapter, to various national ASID councils, and now to the national ASID Board
of Directors, I’ve met so many smart, talented designers who continue to
inspire me every day, and who have helped me develop into a leader.
We’re so lucky to live in an age where we can choose to interact with
countless communities. So if people ask if you are involved in your community,
ask them, “Which one?” It doesn’t matter how you define community. The only
caveat is, you’ve got to get involved, or else you’re just a bystander, and what’s
the fun in that?
Charrisse Johnston, ASID, LEED AP BD+C, Associate AIA,
is the Chair of the Board of Directors and a principal and the
firm-wide interior design practice leader at Steinberg Architects.
Learn more about ASID at ASID.org.
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We also believe that the best designs
are created with multidisciplinary
teams, and that the issues the world
faces are best tackled with others.
Los Angeles’ Arts District