The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced the recipients of its 2011 ASID Awards, which recognize significant achievements in interior design. The five individuals and organizations selected for awards this year reflect the broad variety within the profession.

ASID Designer of Distinction

  • Mariette Himes Gomez, ASID, Gomez Associates, New York. Himes Gomez receives ASID's highest individual honor in recognition of her contributions to the field and outstanding design work for residential and commercial clients during her 30-year-plus career. A best-selling author of interior design books, Himes Gomez also designs a collection of furniture for the Hickory Chair Co.

Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Awards

  • AARP Recession Remodel Room Makeover Contest. Completed in 2010, the AARP contest incorporated universal design and focused on redesigning two homes that were no longer accessible to their aging residents. Two ASID designers created universally designed spaces that allow the residents to maintain their independence.
  • Dr. Jacqueline Vischer, professor, University of Montreal and Harvard University. Vischer has pioneered the development of an empirically based method for evaluating buildings in use post occupancy. Her book, Workplace Strategies: Environment As a Tool for Work, examines workspace as a way to improve business functionality. She also is the founder of the New Work Environments Research Group at the University of Montreal.
  • ARZU Studio Hope. By sourcing and selling rugs woven by impoverished Afghan women, manufacturer ARZU helps improve quality of life for these women and their families by providing income and access to education and health care, while representing a trend-setting business model in interior design.


Innovation Award

  • Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA) level Sustainability Standard. This industry-specific sustainability certification program requires third-party verification and provides furniture industry manufacturers the means to evaluate the environmental and social impacts of their products, companies, and manufacturing processes. Products and processes are evaluated based on materials, use of energy, atmosphere and ecosystem health, and social responsibility.