E-Newsletter: October/November 2019

President’s Message

Aloha, ASID Hawaii Chapter Members:

To introduce myself, I began as a member of ASID in 2001, with the California/Nevada Chapter. I was on the Board of Directors in numerous positions and planned many of our activities. I transferred my membership in 2009 to the Hawaii Chapter, and became President Elect in February 2019. I was a high school educator for 24 years and developed the curriculum for Interior Design for our California school district, at the time, the 9th largest district in California. I started my interior design company, D L Ackerman Design Group in 1980, and have been featured in magazines, newspapers and hardcover books.

This year, we will be featuring the Design Excellence Awards. Please watch your emails for the date and details, as we will be unveiling them very soon. We will also be participating in the 2020 BIA Home Building & Remodeling Show, January 24, 25 at the Blaisdell Center, Honolulu. We are also looking into other events on neighboring islands, so if you know of one, please let us know.

I am hoping to involve our neighbor islands more this year with appointing one person from Kauai and one from Hawaii to be part of our ongoing planning group. I have also added a social media director. That post will be held by Casandra Okimoto. This should keep us up to date on all media platforms.

With these upcoming activities in mind, we hope that you will be able to get involved by joining a committee or the board. Without your help, we will not be able to make these things happen! We will be accepting nominations for our upcoming election in January. The positions available are membership director and at-large director. These terms will start 10/1/20 (start of FY21) and are two-year terms.  If you are interested in becoming a board member or volunteering on committees, please drop me an email.

Our membership has been dwindling each year, and we hope that you will continue to support the Hawaii Chapter and help us provide the activities and opportunities our membership needs and desires.

If ever you need assistance with our Hawaii Chapter, or would like to share ideas on how we can improve, please do not hesitate to contact me or anyone else on the Board.

With aloha,

Dee Dee Ackerman
Allied ASID
President, Hawaii Chapter

Your FY2020 Board of Directors

President: Dee Dee Ackerman
President Elect: McKenna Makizuru
Membership: Valorie Spence
Communications: Cassandra Okimoto
Finance: Danette Hoe
Director At Large: Christine Reimer
Professional Development: Jennifer Johnson

National Events

November 2 – 5
Healthcare Design Expo & Conference

For a full list of upcoming national events, visit www.asid.org/events.

One Voice

Each day interior designers use their voices and visions to reshape spaces--and therefore the lives of those occupying them--for the better. With those same voices working in unison, they have the power to design a better future for themselves and the entire profession. That is why ASID began One Voice; to empower interior designers to get involved and advocate for or against the public policy that will ultimately influence their careers and lives. For more info click here.

Design News (Click on title for complete article.)

Home Remodeling Projects That Pay Back The Most In Happiness

When homeowners embark on a home improvement project, it’s with the goal of having a happy ending. A new report by the National Association of Realtors takes a deep dive into the reasons for remodeling, the success of taking on projects and the increased happiness found in the home once a project is completed.

10 ways to create a guest room that your holiday visitors won’t want to leave
Chicago Tribune

The best hotels pamper their guests and make them want to return. Some homeowners have a similar knack of creating cocoon-like havens where friends and family nestle into a bedroom set aside for them rather than take over junior’s room or the family den.

Women Still Do Most of the Housework. Can a Robot Help?

The robots are coming for my job, and I could not be more excited. But wait, you might be thinking, doesn’t my job (editor, writer, email etiquette practitioner) require the kind of creativity and tact that would make it impervious to the wave of automation that’s wiped out more than half a million jobs since 1990?

How to Upgrade Your Home for Easy Entertaining
Architectural Digest

It’s all about keeping those glasses clean so your vino stays on a steady stream.

Grand Hyatt at SFO Has Landed as the Airport’s First Onsite Hotel
Hospitality Design

Hyatt has planted its latest U.S. flag at the San Francisco International Airport with Grand Hyatt at SFO. Located adjacent to the newly constructed AirTrain sitation built specifically for it, the new 12-story volume has been crafted by locally based practice Hornberger + Worstell and associate ED21, along with two other acclaimed firms, BraytonHughes Design and RoseBernard Studio.

HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Announces 2020 Color Collection of the Year
Interiors and Sources

The collection comprises warm neutrals and jewel tones, including a blush pink Color of the Year. It also reflects how commercial spaces are striving to achieve the look and comfort we find in the home.

Do’s and Don’ts to Deter Burglars | Direct From the Mouths of Intruders

Your home should be a safe haven where you feel comfortable and protected. However, if you are a victim of a burglary, you will feel unsafe and violated that a stranger has set foot in your home and rummaged through your things. The investigative team at KGW reached out to inmates serving time for burglary […]

In a Co-Everything World, Standards Become King
Interior Design

Staying on top of the latest design trends can feel like a full-time job. Not to mention the work it [...]

Become a Chapter Sponsor

ASID Hawaii Chapter strives to work in support of our local interior designers by providing opportunities for continuing education, advocacy for the profession, social events and recognition of Design Excellence through our annual awards gala. While a small portion of our annual membership fees provides seed money for these activities, it is through annual sponsorships from our collaborative team of design firms and industry partners that the financial and personalized support is found to realize the programs and functions the membership expects.

As a sponsor of ASID Hawaii, your company can engage with members, participate in events, host meetings, and sponsor activities. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to increase visibility through additional marketing, branding, special access, and deeper engagement with ASID members. Sponsorship is an excellent opportunity for your business to gain exposure and showcase your products and services to our local interior design community.

For a sponsorship package please send an email reqest to: administrator@hi.asid.org.

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Learn at ASID

ASID supports the professional development of the Society’s members and the profession with continuing education programs and events that allow participants to advance in their careers and build their skill sets. ASID, our Chapters, and Industry Partners offer a variety of continuing education opportunities in-person and online.

  • ASID Academy: The ASID Academy is a user friendly, dynamic, streamlined continuing education experience offering high-quality courses, webinars, and more in a learn anytime, anywhere (with an internet connection), on your own schedule environment. Topic areas include the Business of Design, Health & Wellness, Institutional, Healthcare, Residential, Workplace, and Hospitality & Retail design. Check out engaging courses like Designing for a New Millennial Culture and earn valuable IDCEC and AIA CEUs in the process. Explore the Academy.

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ASID members must earn a minimum of 1.0 unit (10 hours) of approved continuing education (CEU) every two years. We’ve updated the instructions for CEU reporting that align with IDCEC’s new website to help you navigate the process.

ASID members are to utilize the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) registry to warehouse CEUs. Every ASID member has a unique IDCEC number to login into the website (your IDCEC number is different than your ASID number). The IDCEC user registry allows you to upload and track your continuing education activity as well as store a record under your account. Check your IDCEC account regularly to ensure your records are up to date.

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Each year, ASID recognizes the exemplary achievements and outstanding service demonstrated by highly engaged members, chapters, student chapters, and industry partners through our awards and honors programs.

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About ASID

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.