According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of an interior designer is “a person whose job it is to plan how the rooms of a building should be furnished and ecorated.” Yes, we do plan, and yes, that often involves rooms, but as we all know, the work—and the impact—of an interior designer is far greater.
As NCIDQ states it, interior designers create “…solutions that are functional, enhance
the quality of life and culture of the occupants, and are aesthetically attractive.” Not only do
these professionals shape the places we live, work, play, and heal, they make a difference.
As examples, every year, ASID honors those who demonstrate and celebrate the power of
design to positively change people’s lives. The 2016 National Awards, which will be presented
in July, represent the highest level of professional recognition bestowed by the Society.
This year’s recipients include Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, an interior designer who has
established a superior body of work over the course of her career, demonstrating creativity,
excellence, and innovation. She has a passion for the practice and profession of interior
design. A national leader in sustainable design innovation, Rachelle leads interdisciplinary
project teams at MSR through an integrative process, encouraging innovative design thinking
from project conception through building occupancy. Examples of her work in this area
include the Phillips Green Institute, a LEED pilot project; Norman Pointe II, the first LEED-
certified project in Minnesota; the Red Stag Supperclub, the state’s first LEED-certified
restaurant; and The Weidt Group’s office, which was certified LEED EBOM Platinum.
Likewise, Caren Martin, Ph.D., CID, FASID is being recognized for over 20 years of tireless
advocacy for the interior design profession. Among other accomplishments, Dr. Martin has
co-authored three Interior Design Body of Knowledge studies, all of which support the profes-
sionalization of interior design. She will receive the Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit award at
the Society’s annual gala in Minneapolis for her outstanding support of the profession.
Also being honored will be ASID’s 2016 Fellows, including Deborah Davis, ASID;
Fernando Diaz, ASID, CID, NEWH; Steffany Hollingsworth, ASID; AnnMarie Jackson,
ASID, CHID, EDAC; Janie Jacobs, ASID, RID; Alma Nugent, ASID, CID; Jo Rabaut, ASID,
RID; and Laura McDonald Stewart, ASID, RID, LEED AP; and Lisa Tucker, ASID, FIDEC.
These pioneering, deeply committed designers have not only created interiors that delight,
By Sandy Gordon
Rachelle Schoessler Lynn,
2016 Designer of Distinction
Making an Impact:
of Interior Design