E-Newsletter: Apr/May 2020

President’s Message

Aloha, Hawaii ASID Members:

Here’s hoping this finds all of you safe and healthy. We have a lot of news this month, including free CEUs, Design Excellence update and our new recipe sharing venture. We are also offering an exciting opportunity of free advertising on our website and social media platforms. See below for all of the details.

Design Excellence

As you are aware, in response to the uncertain times caused by COVID-19, ASID Hawaii Chapter Board has decided it is in the best interest of everyone to extend the ASID Design Excellence Awards Call for Entries to Monday, April 20, 2020 5:00pm HST.

We are extending the entrant submission deadline to Saturday, May 30, 2020 5:00pm HST. In the event of any unforeseen circumstances, we will push the due date out further if necessary.

We have also decided to postpone the Design Excellence Awards Gala that was scheduled for June 27, 2020. We are currently exploring new dates in the fall of 2020. The rescheduled date will be shared with you when available.

Free Advertising

During this unprecedented time of change it has become our board’s mission to assist in driving business to our membership. We are offering a temporary no cost opportunity for all our members to be featured on our website and social media platforms. This includes a slide on our home page for one week, a small ad in our newsletter (IPs only) and small ads posted on our Facebook page and on Instagram.

To participate, please submit the following for our use in your promotion:

  • 1-2 High Resolution Photos of your Interior Design work
  • Logo and/or personal image
  • Company digital information - website, IG, etc
  • 1-2 sentence bio - this needs to be short enough to be catching on Instagram and Facebook.

Please submit all information to administrator@hi.asid.org.

Free CEUs

National has also lent a helping hand to support the community in this time of uncertainty, They are offering their library of CEUs free of charge to anyone and everyone. Take advantage of your time at home and complete IDCEC- and AIA-approved CEUs on a diverse range of topics, such as health and wellness, sustainability, the business of design, and much more. In addition to the variety of educational tools and resources offered through the ASID Academy, a new series of special edition COVID-19 webinars and learning opportunities to help educate you through this pandemic and prepare you for what lies ahead are also available. To access, login with your ASID username and password or create an account. For more info, click here.

For those of you who were unable to watch the free webinar titled Diversifying Your Practice: How to Expand Your Services and Bolster Your Business, you can watch a recording. Mahalo to Susan Moss who was able to attend the webinar and provide us with the link. Feel free to share it with your friends and colleagues. Check out the ASID COVID-19 Resource Page for additional webinars and resources: https://www.asid.org/resources/covid-19.

Recipe Exchange

I’m sure like most of you, with all this extra time at home, you are probably cooking and baking more. So, I thought perhaps a recipe exchange would be a nice resource. Please submit your favorite recipes to administrator@hi.asid.org. Recipes will be posted on our website under the Resources tab of the home page. Please check it out and try my favorite Chicken Picata recipe.

We thank our members, sponsors, and supporters for your continuous understanding and commitment during these uncertain times.

Mahalo and stay safe and healthy,

Dee Dee Ackerman
Hawaii Chapter President

Local Events

Save the Date: Design Excellence Awards
Fall 2020

National Events

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

Local News

Chaminade University's Environmental + Interior Design Program Receives Accredidation

The Accreditation Commission of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) reviewed Chaminade University's Environmental + Interior Design program at their April 3‐4, 2020 meeting and voted to grant accreditation. The term of accreditation is six years.

The program announcement of accreditation status that will be available on CIDA’s website at www.accredit‐id.org/announcements/

Congratulations to Chaminade and Joan Riggs for this achievement.

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.)

Remodeling Activity Tapers Off Amidst Economic Standstill

Concerns for health and safety as well as the economic uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have brought about an abrupt reversal in remodeling activity in the past month. Several recent industry surveys show that between 70 to 90% of firms…

Future Home Design Re-imagined Post-Pandemic

The pandemic is already reshaping our ideas of home to emphasize wellness, hygiene...

A Common Sense Guide for Returning to the Post COVID-19 Workplace
Work Design Magazine

Health and safety were the top motives for sending employees home to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. And health and safety will be the driving factors for employees’ eventual return to the office.

An Office Furniture Boom, E-Design For All, and More
Business of Home

We’re committed to following the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout on the design trade. This week, we take a look at designers who’ve started offering e-design packages and how the work-from-home culture is affecting furniture companies.

Vacant Hotels Join the COVID-19 Relief Effort
Hospitality Design

A number of hotels around the world are opening their doors to hospital staff, first responders, and infected patients.

ASID Launches Community Survey To Gauge COVID-19 Impact
Healthcare Design Magazine

The organization will conduct bi-weekly surveys to gather insight and data on changes to the design industry. Full Story

ASID and Haworth Leaders Discuss Evolving Workplace Culture
Interiors and Sources

ASID Director of Industry Partnerships Jon Strassner discusses the evolving workplace culture and its vital importance with Lynn Metz, vice president, sales—Architecture and Design for Haworth Inc. 

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.

Advertise with Us

There are several ways you can advertise with our chapter including email blasts, newsletter ads and website ads. Click here to learn more about advertising options.

Let’s Connect

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Trade Pricing and Discounts

ASID membership has its benefits—including exclusive discounts on products and services from national sponsors and industry partners.Make sure your to-the-trade offers or discounts are featured and email industrypartners@asid.org with your company logo, description of your trade service, and a link to register.

Membership FAQs

Find answers to frequenty asked membership questions including member qualifications, payments and dues, membership cards, updating your profile, CEUs,and password retrieval.


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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.

  • IDCEC Event Calendar
  • Check out the new IDCEC Website Guide!


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.

Awards & Competition

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.

Website Log-in Help

The default login info is first name.lastname.member ID, and then the password is just your member ID.  If you’ve forgotten your password, click Log In and then click Forgot Password.

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.