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does happen, it’s often the interior designer, relying on charismatic leadership and effective project management, who pulls the disciplines together.
Another aspect of this approach is the need for inclusiveness and understanding of cultural differences. The participants talked about a growing
sensitivity among designers for how our perspective, while still our own, is
inextricably linked to a broader cultural framework. Although great design
transcends borders, there are still cultural distinctions among our clients
that must be considered. Solutions must be cross-cultural. While designers
increasingly recognize the importance of our differences, they simultaneously seek design solutions that cut across cultures. As Barbara Marini,
former ASID national president, noted in these pages not long ago, “In terms
of interior space, we share a common language, despite our cultural
differences and geographic locations.” Understanding needs across the
whole spectrum compels us to use a multifaceted, multidisciplinary strategy.
To achieve great design, and to keep interior designers at the center
of the process, this approach dictates that we know our own discipline
deeply, but also branch out to understand fields that complement the work
we do. Skilled project managers with wide knowledge in many areas, and
deep in a few, are best positioned to capitalize on the interdisciplinary plan.
ASID is addressing this trend in several ways. We are leading interior
designers in dialogue that matters—from evidence-based and human
centric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability—and
reporting on trends that cut across interior design specialties. We also
are updating our businesses education offerings to include training in
team-building. In addition, we are reaching out to other professions and
disciplines to engage in dialogue with us, and participating in partnerships and coalitions that will increase understanding and access to
knowledge. Through innovation and leadership, we will continue to
move the profession forward.
Learn more about these and other trends in the Field Notes feature on
page 18, which covered our recently released State of the Industry report.
To obtain a copy of the report, visit the ASID website at www.asid.org.
Stephanie Clemons, Ph.D., FASID, FIDEC, serves as the ASID national
chair on its Board of Directors, and is a professor of interior design as
well as University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State
University. ASID can be reached at 202-546-3480 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
and online at asid.org.
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