By Tim Schelfe, FASID, CID, CAPS
With the change of the seasons, I’m excited to be a part of another fresh start: taking on the position of chair of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Board of Directors. ASID has played a large role in my life and world
as a design professional, and I’m honored to continue the work of former chair
Charrisse Johnston, ASID, LEED AP BD+C, Associate AIA, to further the ASID
mission of “Design Impacts Lives.”
For many outside the industry (and even sometimes for us), it can be
hard to truly grasp this concept of the way design and its impact directly intersect
with the people for whom we design. ASID has invested in this mission
through research that challenges us all to examine how we can be better
stewards of design and prove this strategic initiative to our clients. We’re also
living it with our new national headquarters in Washington, D.C. One year in,
this dynamic space is still impacting and affecting our ASID staff on a daily
basis. We’re compiling research of the space, its peaks and valleys, and
are excited to soon share the results with you to clearly demonstrate how
the design of our national headquarters impacts the daily lives of our staff:
Design Impacts Lives.
ASID also just wrapped up its first edition of “Platform: A Retreat for
Design Visionaries.” With speakers from a diverse range of companies such
as Wired magazine, it’s further proof that this mission rings true. When
tech journalists, physicians, and “intrepreneurs” want to be a part of the
conversation with design firm leaders, you know you’re onto something.
Most importantly, however, that means we’re able to further engage an
outside perspective on design that will inspire us to inject a greater human
element into our own work.
We’re extremely fortunate to have partners like interiors+sources and
the fantastic brands you see throughout the pages of this magazine on
board with our mission of Design Impacts Lives. Companies’ renewed
focus on how humans interact with their materials and products; how
they affect our health, wellness, and energy; and how they can help people
connect to one another makes our jobs easier and more enjoyable with
so many fantastic options to choose from. In addition, student programs
such as SCALE: The ASID Student Summit also ensure that our next generation of designers will recognize and engage how Design Impacts Lives
from day one.
I look forward to continuing this journey with you and demonstrating how
Design Impacts Lives.
Tim Schelfe, FASID, CID, CAPS, is the 2017-18 chair of the American Society
of Interior Designers Board of Directors. He is also a managing partner, co-owner, and director of interior design for JDavis, a multidisciplinary design
firm serving the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. Learn more about ASID
As we enter into a new season, ASID continues to evolve to help enhance the interior design industry.