E-Newsletter: February/March 2019

President’s Message

Aloha all,

It’s hard to believe how fast the year is going by. We had our elections for the upcoming 2019/2020 Board. Unfortunately, our voter turn-out was extremely low. We are happy to welcome Jenn Johnson as the incoming Professional Development Director and Cassandra Okimoto will continue as Communications Director. We are still in need of a President–Elect for 2019/2020 if you have had board experience over the last 10 years, you are qualified to sit for this position. Please step up and give back to your industry.

After careful consideration and discussions with the IIDA President the board has decided to support the IIDA awards this year and hold the ASID Design Excellence Awards next year. The Hawaii Chapters of IIDA and ASID have agreed to alternate years for their awards. This will allow us to put more effort into the awards over a two-year span and will also allow us to support IIDA in our off years. As we all know, things are changing in our industry and the economy. We are all vying for the same sponsorship dollars and it can be difficult for our vendors to support us all. We can also participate in the BIA awards in the off years.

Our big event this term will be Design Impacts Lives which will be held in September. We want to create an event for the public as well as the design industry. We will be scouting locations and are considering the Koolau Ballrooms as a possibility. Much like last year’s event, we will do panel discussions, Ask a Designer, experiential displays and new product offerings. We will also partner with Habitat for Humanity again with our sample sale. Please gather anything you’d like to donate for this great cause.

I hope you had a chance to attend the last CEU at Bella Pietra; the Art of Innovation. Feraz Irikat with Lunada Bay always puts on a dynamic presentation. The Chinese New Year theme was wonderful and it was a very well attended event. Keep your eye out for upcoming CEU opportunities and always feel free to give us input on topics you’d like us to cover.

I hope 2019 is starting off with a bang for all our members. I look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

With gratitude & aloha,

Tiare Noelani Pinto, Allied ASID, CKD

National Events (Click on event title for more details.)

Mar. 1 – 3
SCALE: The National Student Summit

Mar. 21 – 22
Outcome of Design 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:


Design News (Click on title for complete article.)

Nominations Open for ASID National Awards

The ASID National Awards represent the Society’s highest level of professional recognition. This is your chance to elevate deserving design professionals before the industry. Submit nominations in four categories: Designer of Distinction, Design Innovation, Design for Humanity, and the Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Award through the February 27, 2019 deadline.  

Launching your own firm? How to get it right
The Business of Home

Interior designers Marie-Christine McNally, Nicholas Moriarty, Meghan Hackett-Cassidy, Josh Hildreth, Erin Shakoor and Bradley Bayou weigh in on how—if given the chance—they would have launched their design firms differently. 

Like humans, plants find a way to pair up
Chicago Tribune

There’s a lot of wooing going on at this time of year — chocolates, roses, sometimes rings — all in the service of pairing up. Plants pair up too, but they do it differently than we do. Understanding the variety of ways plants reproduce can make a difference to a gardener, according to Julie Janoski,...

How to Ask Alexa for the Latest Interior Design News
Interiors and Sources

Learn how to ask Echo and Alexa integrated devices for the latest interior design and architecture news, so that your hands and eyes can focus on other tasks.

40 Gorgeous Rooms Full of Daring Colors

Statement hues never looked so good.

What You Need to Know about Jack and Jill Bathrooms

Jack and Jill Bathrooms allow occupants from two separate bedrooms to conveniently access the same bathroom. But how do you know if this is the right type of bathroom to include in your home? Freshome asked several experts to weigh in on the pros and cons, resale value and other factors you need to consider.

Artisan Kitchens
Kitchen and Bath Design News

The artisanal kitchen is here. That means a space that oozes personality, embracing creativity rather than sticking to one formula or Pinterest board. And designers, who prefer thinking outside the box, love it.

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Everything you need to know about NCIDQ exams.

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: ASID assembled this catalog of online design courses, papers, and videos to bring the best continuing education offerings to ASID members and other designers in an easily-accessible, online-anytime, curated collection. Earn IDCEC and AIA-approved and accredited CEUs in a variety of topic areas including health and wellness, biophilia, HSW, and much more. ASID bylaws and policies require all practitioner members (Professional, Allied, and Associate members) to meet the Society’s continuing education requirement.
  • 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.