Almost a year after partnering with the American Institute of Architects, Public Architecture's 1% program now turns to the interior designers. The nonprofit announced this week that it had officially partnered with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Members will be challenged to donate 1 percent of their time to nonprofits who may not have the budget for interior design services.
“The interior design community has played a necessary and important role in The 1% program since its founding,” said John Peterson, founder and president of Public Architecture, in a press release. ASID national president Barbara Marini expanded on what interior designers can do for the public good: “From designing livable homes for veterans, to creating warm and welcoming environments for children’s hospitals, each day we hear about the many inspiring service projects our members are working on in their communities."
Public Architecture's 1% firms, which already include some ASID members, contribute $9 million in pro bono services annually already. The partnership will help members get the resources and opportunities they need to do more, as those registered with the 1% have access to nonprofit clients who are looking for professional help as well guides and a completed project database.