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ASID Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners

May 31, 2010

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has recognized five students and professionals for their contributions to interior design. Open to both ASID members and non-members, the ASID Foundation Scholarships and Awards range from monetary awards for contributions to the profession, to scholarships for all levels of students and professionals.

The awardees include Liliana Custy, who received the Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award, which recognizes an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student's interior design research or thesis project. Her study, "Transdisciplinary Teams and Aging in Place Design: The Interior Designer's Role," examines factors influencing participatory research team effectiveness in aging-in-place design.

Susan Winchip, LEED AP, received the Joel Polsky Prize, which awards outstanding academic contributions to the discipline of interior design through literature or visual communication. Her study, “Project: Visual Culture in the Built Environment: A Global Perspective,” was written for those seeking to understand the recent history of the global built environment by engaging in a contextual analysis from a visual culture perspective.

The Yale R. Burge Competition is open to all students in their final year of undergraduate study and is designed to encourage students to plan their portfolios. The winner, Stephanie Isaacs, created a portfolio that draws inspiration from subcultures associated with art, music and history and explores the juxtaposition of graphic form, color and texture within a space.

The Irene Winifred Eno Grant, given to Michelle Kiese, Student Member ASID, provides financial assistance to individuals or groups engaged in the creation of an educational program or interior design research project dedicated to health, safety and welfare. The funding will go toward the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association (DNDA), which is partnering with King County Food and Fitness initiative to bring healthier lifestyle options to residents living in low-income areas.

Clarissa Carr, Student Member ASID, of the University of Florida, was the recipient of the Dora Brahms Award, which encourages and supports the advancement of professional activities in historic preservation and/or restoration. Carr documented the interiors of the Seneca Boston-Florence Higginbotham House, which is operated by the Museum of African American History in Boston. The house is significant for the role it played as a center for African American culture on Nantucket and its intact interior architectural features.

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