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Looking for fresh ways to engage your students virtually this semester?

The Educator Hub will provide you with tools to help your students build unique skills in the field of design. With segments ranging from how to work collaboratively to examining the latest in materials science and the psychology of design, the Educator Hub will be your go-to place for materials that will expose your students to the critical professional development opportunities they need to enhance their knowledge, develop professional skills and prepare themselves for a career in design. 

In the Educator Hub you will have access to three content areas – the Student Center, the Virtual Library and the Research Lab – all of which are helpful as you plan your educational curriculum. Click on the REGISTER button in the top right corner to get started!

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Educator Hub Content

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1 - Student Center 

Looking to help start or support a student chapter on campus? Access a variety of student materials and resources in the Student Center! Find Student Chapter Kick-Off Kits, Student Chapter Manuals, recruitment materials and more to help develop a thriving student chapter. 

2 - Virtual Library 

Expand your curriculum and access insightful sessions from the Virtual Internship Live Engagement Week. The Virtual Library houses everything you need to supplement your syllabus with informative digital content from industry experts and design leaders, all available on-demand. 

3 - Research Lab 

This curated collection of ASID research will optimize your learning plan through in-depth case studies, detailed industry analysis and evidence-based design tools. Broaden your knowledge and explore new ways of thinking in the Research Lab! 

  • Help your students engage with ASID!

    Help your students engage with ASID!

    Looking to help start or support a student chapter on campus? Access a variety of student materials and resources in the Student Center! Find Student Chapter Kick-Off Kits, Student Chapter Manuals, recruitment materials and more to help develop a thriving student chapter. Click on the "Resources" tab to download.

    Available Resources

    ASID Student Chapter Kick-Off Kit 

    Start the semester off with a fresh recruitment kit filled with downloadable and printable guides, posters, postcards, and membership applications to help grow your chapter. These materials will enable you to build a healthy student chapter while communicating the mission and values of ASID.  

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    Here is a list of items available to you as you begin to spread the word about ASID! 

    • Student Membership Application 
    • Student JOIN Brochure 
    • Student JOIN Poster 
    • Advancement Track Postcard 
    • Student Path Palm Card
    • ASID Foundation Scholarships 
    • Downloadable swag items! 

    Student Chapter Reference Manual

    This manual will help you better understand the basics in running your chapter successfully, the leadership within the ASID organization, and the tools required to lead a thriving student chapter.

    Student Story PowerPoint

    Turn to the ASID Student Story PowerPoint to present at your next meeting. It is a great resource to use when recruiting and/or educating those interested in being a part of ASID.

    ASID Student Chapter Brand Guide

    This guide will provide you with uniform, consistent, and effective communications that resonate with your student chapter members and those you are trying to recruit.

  • Engage your students with expert interviews and content direct from design practitioners.

    Engage your students with expert interviews and content direct from design practitioners.

    Expand your curriculum and access insightful sessions from ASID Virtual Internship live engagements. The Virtual Library houses everything you need to supplement your syllabus with informative digital content from industry experts and design leaders, all available on-demand. Click on the "Content" tab to get started.

    Available Content

    Winter Series | Standing Out: What Design Leaders Look For

    Meet some of the 2021 ASID Student Portfolio Competition Jury! Learn about their firms, careers, expectations for the competition, and most importantly, gain an understanding of what employers are looking for when hiring and recruiting talent. Featuring Susan Chang, ASID, AIA, Partner, Shimoda Design Group; Sequoyah Hunter-Cuyjet, Design Advocate, Determined by Design; Betsy Nurse, ASID, Senior Principal, Director of Interiors, HOK; and moderated by Briana Guin, Allied ASID, Experiential Designer, Conde Nast. 

    Design Your Path

    The interior design industry is vast and full of opportunities. Hear from Jennifer Kolstad, ASID, Assoc. AIA, as she shares her experiences navigating her own career, starting in hospitality design, leading to healthcare design, and finally to her current position as Global Director of Design at Ford Motor Company. Throughout her career, Jennifer has built her expertise and skills no matter the environment in order to create her own opportunities. Students will also learn how she approaches design projects using the “think, make, test” model to discover, design, and deliver results centered on the human experience. 

    In Conversation: Product Intros and Perspectives

    This series of conversations between leading designers and companies offers students a deep dive into how designers navigate through new products and materials as they consider what is best for their clients and projects. Students will gain an understanding of questions to ask when evaluating products, how to navigate relationships with product representatives, and receive fresh insight on what is new from manufacturers. 

      • Segment 1: Wood Flooring: Listen as Mindi Weichman, Design Director, Studio O+A, learns about wood flooring options for a new workplace project from Todd Youngs, Founder and Sales Representative – Northern California, Todd Contract.
      • Segment 2: Plumbing Fixtures: Hear all about new plumbing fixtures from Jason Reynolds, Director of Hospitality and Architecture and Design, Fortune Brands Global Plumbing Group, as he presents options to Krista Ninivaggi, Allied ASID, Founder, K&CO, for a new condo project.
      • Segment 3: Textiles: Listen in on a conversation between Kia Weatherspoon, NCIDQ, ASID, President/ CEO, Determined by Design, and Melanie Ambridge, Sales Representative, Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering, and learn about textile options for a new multi-family residential project.

      • Segment 1: Furniture: Listen as three designers from Chambers, Leslie Foster, ASID, Senior Interior Designer/Associate, Megan Hochman, ASID, NCIDQ, Director of Interior Design – DC/Senior Associate, and Patricia Sampson, NCIDQ, Senior Project Manager, Senior Associate, discuss tabletops and other product needs for their hospitality projects with Eddie Weber of The Weber Team.  
      • Segment 2: Tile: Hear all about new tile lines from Amy Gay, Architectural Sales Representative, Daltile, as she presents options to Melissa Moseley, ASID, NCIDQ, CID, LEED AP, Senior Interior Designer, HDR, for her healthcare projects. 
      • Segment 3: Home Technology: Listen in on a conversation between Shundra Harris, ASID, RID, Founder | Principal Designer, Shundra Harris Interiors, and Pamela Cortes, Echo Workshop, and learn about home technology and entertainment options for residential projects. 

      • Segment 1: Paint: Listen as designer Susan Guest, ASID, Owner, Guest Interiors, discusses various options for specifying paint with Shane Jones, Allied ASID, Design Account Executive, Sherwin-Williams Paint.  
      • Segment 2: Surfaces: Hear all about new options for countertops and other surface applications from Stacy Montero, Manhattan City Manager, Cosentino, as she presents new products to Young Huh, Principal and Founder, Young Huh Interior Design, for her residential projects. 
      • Segment 3: Furniture: In a departure from our typical "In Conversation" format, Emily Denisar, Regional Director of Sales, Davis Furniture, tells the story of her unique career path as a designer, having worked for a design firm, a multiline rep, a furniture dealer and a major manufacturer. 

    Design Problem Solving Scenarios  

    Students get the chance to see how top-notch designers resolve common and complex design problems. Read about the design problem and challenge first, then review the videos from practitioners to see how they solved their problem, including recordings of live “Ask the Expert” sessions where they answered more in-depth questions about their approach. 

    • Problem Solving Scenario 1 | Room Flexibility  
    • Problem Solving Scenario 2 | Restroom of the Future 
    • Problem Solving Scenario 3 | Wellness and Cryotherapy Spa 
    • Problem Solving Scenario 4 | Patient Check-in 
    • Problem Solving Scenario 5 | Hospital Patient Room 

    From Concept to Reality: Construction Docs  

    Explore the key areas for making a project a reality including the steps to put together a construction documentation set, working with contractors, understanding the submittal review process, and more. Get the inside scoop from Melissa Pribyl, ASID, WELL AP, CHID, CDT (Construction Documents Technologist) as she walks students through a current project under construction.  

    "Do This, Not That” Instagram Live Pop-Up Sessions 

    Have your students listen in on a duo of casual and candid conversations with leading designers on Instagram Live. Students can hear stories about these designers’ biggest early-career mistakes, and what they wish they had been told when they first started out. Hosted by Kari Stringfellow, Vice President, Member Experience, ASID, and featuring the following speakers:

    • Sandra Diaz-Velasco, ASID, Owner/Principal Architect & Interior Designer, EOLO Design Architecture & Interior Design 
    • Meena Krenek, ASID, LEED AP, Interior Design Director, Principal, Perkins&Will

    Winter Series | "Do This, Not That” Instagram Live Pop-Up Sessions 

    Have your students listen in on a trio of casual and candid conversations with previous and returning ASID Student Portfolio Competition jury members on Instagram Live. Hear their stories about their experiences with the competition, mistakes they’ve witnessed, and what they hope to see in the future. Featuring:

    • Gracie Andraos, ASID, Director of Commercial Interiors, HKS 
    • David Taglione, Executive Team Leader, ICRAVE 
    • Mindi Weichman, ASID, LEED NC, Design Director, Studio O+A.

  • Broaden your knowledge and explore new ways of thinking in the Research Lab!

    Broaden your knowledge and explore new ways of thinking in the Research Lab!

    This curated collection of ASID research will optimize your learning plan through in-depth case studies, detailed industry analysis and evidence-based design tools. Click on the links below to access.

    Available Resources

    COVID-19 Pulse Survey   

    This industry-wide survey was developed to assess the impact on current projects and business performance, identify challenges professionals are facing and gather insights for advancing the profession during this time.

    Related Content | The Pulse of the Industry: ASID Research on Industry Resilience

    What is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, interior design industry, design professionals, and their businesses? ASID has conducted a series of “pulse surveys” every two weeks since March 31, 2020 to capture snapshots of how interior design companies and practitioners have been responding to this unprecedented time and practicing resilience. Explore the results of the industry-wide survey to understand the impacts on projects and business performance and identify the challenges professionals are facing. You will also hear from designers, manufacturers, and media partners who are adapting to advance the profession and build resiliency. Click on the "Content" tab to access.

    Impact of Design Series

    Sound at Work: Research Studies on Office Acoustics 

    When office noise levels do not align with preferences and expectations, negative mood and stress can build resulting in degraded professional performance and interaction with others. Although professional acousticians are regularly hired to optimize the soundscapes of office workplaces, this resource is for interior designers so that they are aware of relevant research studies that address office acoustics, a hot topic for discussion in workplace design. 

    In the Lab: Transform Grant Research  

    Interior design transforms environments in ways that improve human outcomes. Interior designers are ethically, socially, and environmentally responsible professional who design, renovate, and provide design services that transform built environments. The ASID Foundation is proud to recognize all the Transform Grant recipients and their work below. 

    3C Design: Tools for Designing Connected, Collaborative, and Creative Workplaces

    To develop guidelines that ensure successful workplace development, 3C design assesses levels of connectedness, collaboration and workplace creativity facilitated by the workplace using strategic self-reports and advanced sociometers. This study includes the development of the 3C design research framework with an expert in a series of case studies with diverse scenarios (all-day/multi-day charrettes, a large open office for college library technical support groups, ASID headquarters) that focus on employee experience of the workplace and attitude toward the organization in relation to 3C. Access research.

    Stand Up to Work

    Stand Up to Work evaluates behavioral changes in office workers who receive adjustable workstations (AWS) that allow them to shift between standing and sitting, compared to workers with traditional desks. Using a randomized controlled trial where half the participants were randomly selected from one floor to receive AWS and participants on other floors maintained traditional desks, questionnaires and brief real-time polling were used to track the office workers’ health and wellness behaviors. The polling and questionnaires measure sedentary behavior, perceived stress, and ongoing behavior changes before installation of the AWS and at three months, six months, and twelve months following installation. Access research.

    Healthy Building Network. Building Green – Materials Research Collaborative 

    Chemicals released from interior finish products into the built environment can have profound impacts on human behavior ranging from reduced comfort and productivity for building occupants, to long-term genetic damage that can affect future generations. Interior designers have had to rely upon a patchwork of green product certifications and LEED credits to guide their efforts to create healthy interior environments. Some of these tools have proven to be inadequate and frustrating for designers who are bombarded with a growing array of virtually unregulated product claims, certifications, green marketing, and greenwash. Access research.

    Developing a Standard Evidence-based Patient Room Interior Design Checklist and Evaluation Tool

    A growing body of empirical evidence indicates that well-designed built environments play a critical role in keeping patients safe and enhancing the quality of patient care. Although substantial evidence is available to inform patient room design, research findings are often too technical for design practitioners to understand, interpret and apply in their projects. One major barrier to making research actionable is the lack of design and evaluation tools that are based on evidence, easy to use for translating research into design, and readily available to design professionals. A patient room interior design checklist and evaluation tool can address this critical need in the industry by providing access to the healthcare design evidence base in an accessible and actionable format. Access research.

    Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Support for independent living has been instigated and focused on the creation of communities with “village” like atmospheres to help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) transition from their homes more smoothly. This grounded theory research examined how people with I/IDD use their senses to comprehend their physical surroundings and perform tasks of daily living. Five intentional housing and work communities for this population was examined and analyzed to inform the design of optimum communities. Six themes were developed into a neuro– considerate environmental design model suggesting guidelines for the design of both residential and work environments that accommodate this group’s needs. Access research.

    Key Performance Indicators of Knowledge Workplace Design Promoting Knowledge Worker Performance and Economic Competitiveness

    According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, innovation is a key driver of economic competitiveness.  It allows knowledge workplaces to exceed growth beyond inputs by producing new or significantly improved products or services that create new values of customers or financial returns for the company with less inputs than in the traditional economy. It is important to design and manage knowledge-intensive organizations by supporting key performance indicators (KPIs) of the physical work environment that enhance the capacity of the innovative performance of the organization. Access research.

    From Learning Commons to Learning Communities: Examining the Role of Mixed-Use Learning Zones in Millennial Education

    The role of interior design in higher education has perhaps never been more important than it is today. New approaches to pedagogy and a generation of students who expect a less didactic and non-hierarchical learning experience have compelled administrators to rethink their facilities. New directions include “mixed-use” spaces supporting a wider spectrum of student-based engagement. This study explores student reactions to mixed-use learning environments intended to better support millennial ways of thinking and doing. Access research.

    Personalized Learning, Personalized Space: How Design Can Enhance Learning, and Overall Wellbeing, To Support the One-Size-Fits-One

    The CADRE research team developed a sensory design lab to track psychophysiological changes in a controlled space, specifically enabling the analysis of the effects of interior elements on students within a learning environment. The 10’ x 10’x 8’ agnostic prototype was installed in the Dallas Independent School District High School that supports personalized learning, and allowed for 30-minute study sessions with groups of up to three students tracking sound, light, temperature, humidity, participant location, movements, and heart rate. Behavioral data was collected manually, and a personalization index offered a means for assessing degrees of personalizing the space. Access research.

    In the Lab: Exclusive Research 

    Looking for more content to help refresh your knowledge of the industry, or bolster your curriculum? Join and gain access to the following ASID Research for free! Keep in mind ASID educator membership is just $150 a year, the same value as just one of the resources available below. 

    • 2020 Outlook and State of Interior Design
      • The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) 2020 Outlook and State of Interior Design report presents a comprehensive collection of essential knowledge needed to keep a pulse on the constant changes surrounding us, to continue honing competitive knowledge and skills for design practice, and to lead efforts in advancing the interior design industry and profession. 
        • Pricing:
          • Price: $249.95  
          • Member price: $0.00

    • Career+ Emerging Professional Roundtable White Paper

      • To better understand designers’ experience as they begin and grow into their careers, in 2015 the American Society of Interior Designers gathered 65 emerging professional designers with zero to 10 years’ experience for a series of roundtable discussions in five major metropolitan areas. Participants, who came from a range of 30 different firms, were asked to share candid reflections on their careers, what it’s like to work in their design teams, and their efforts to balance professional and personal lives. This white paper shares what we heard during the roundtables and offers a few suggestions on how to make improvements for the benefit of other young interior designers and the firms that employ them. Our purpose is to encourage dialogue within firms and the profession and ultimately to improve the experience of working as a designer today. 
        • Pricing:
          • Price: $149.95  
          • Member price: $0.00 

    • 2019 Outlook Briefs

      • Interior design is currently undergoing tremendous change due to developments both within and outside the industry. Factors like - new technologies, design decisions to be supported with quantitative data/research, growing complexity of projects, higher expectations for design to perform on multiple levels and deliver on outcomes, and the emphasis on the impact of design on the environment, occupant behavior and well-being - are challenging designers in new ways and expanding the scope of their practice. Below are three outlook briefs that will help you learn more about specific changes and how they are affecting designers.  ASID interviewed industry thought leaders from across the spectrum of practice and conducted a series of focus groups with veteran designers representing a wide range of backgrounds and experience.