ASID Virtual Conference Student Program Package

Learn about real world job expectations, how to craft a winning portfolio, and dive into education, government, healthcare, hospitality, residential and workplace design.

Access all of the student programs presented at the ASID Virtual Conference, September 15-17, 2020, with this exclusive package for ASID student members (click to join ASID). Click on the green Register button in the top right corner to access all content. Already registered for the ASID Virtual Conference? Then you already have access to all of the sessions available under the "Content" tab and do not need to register again.


ASID Virtual Conference Student Program Lineup

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Real World Job Expectations

Design projects require the successful coordination of multiple team members. Understanding your role on the team will set you up for success. Hear from design leaders who will provide a real world and candid explanation of project development and team coordination. Learn strategies to implement and the pitfalls to avoid as you start your career. 


Design Sector Mash-up: Education and Government

Hear from design professionals from the ASID College of Fellows and rising stars of the ASID Ones to Watch Scholars, as they review best practices in education and government and discuss ways to create spaces that support learning and security.  


Design Sector Mash-up: Healthcare and Hospitality

Hear from design professionals from the ASID College of Fellows and rising stars of the ASID Ones to Watch Scholars, as they review best practices in healthcare and hospitality and discuss ways to create spaces that support health and curate experiences. 


Design Sector Mash-up: Workplace and Residential

Hear from design professionals from the ASID College of Fellows and rising stars of the ASID Ones to Watch Scholars, as they review best practices in workplace and residential and discuss ways to create spaces that support productivity and encourage renewal.  


Standing Out: Winners from the 2020 ASID Student Portfolio Competition

Your portfolio is critical to launching your design career. Through striking visuals showcasing process and solutions, hear from the 2020 winners of the ASID Student Portfolio Competition as they share the stories of their design work in the portfolio development process. Walk away energized and inspired so that you have the tools to craft and optimize your portfolio, positioning you for a strong future in design. 


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  • Real World Job Expectations (Virtual Conference Student Program)

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    Get an authentic glimpse of life on a project team at a design firm.

    Get an authentic glimpse of life on a project team at a design firm.

    Design projects require the successful coordination of multiple team members. Understanding your role on the team will set you up for success. Hear from design leaders who will provide a real world and candid explanation of project development and team coordination. Learn strategies to implement and the pitfalls to avoid as you start your career.

    This is a recording of a webinar presented on September 15, 2020.


    Real World Job Expectations is available exclusively for ASID Student Members. For a taste of the exclusive content available, click here.

    Remember to come back to this page to register after you join ASID!

    Tim Schelfe, FASID, CID

    Vice President and Principal, Britt Design Group

    Tim Schelfe is Vice President and Principal at Britt Design Group (BDG) in Austin, Texas. In his role, he assists the leadership and design teams at BDG on design, business development and overall strategic operations. Prior to joining BDG, Tim was Partner, Co-Owner, and Director of Interior Design at JDavis, a multidisciplinary design firm serving the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. JDavis’ areas of expertise included multifamily housing, urban design and planning, senior living, commercial office, mixed-use, retail, clubs and resort projects.

    Tim is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. Tim has over 30 years of experience in the interior design profession and has built an impressive portfolio of design work, receiving over 30 design awards for his diverse work in residential, multifamily, commercial, hospitality and senior living interior design. Tim is a Fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers and Past-Chair of the ASID National Board of Directors. Previously, Tim served as president of the ASID Carolinas Chapter, was a board member of the High Point Market Authority (HPMA) and a member of the Best Practices Network (BPN).

  • Design Sector Mash-Up: Workplace and Residential (Virtual Conference Student Program)

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    The boundaries between design sectors continue to blur. What lessons can be shared between market sectors to create more unique and impactful spaces?

    The boundaries between design sectors continue to blur. What lessons can be shared between market sectors to create more unique and impactful spaces?

    Hear from design professionals from the ASID College of Fellows and rising stars of the ASID Ones to Watch Scholars, as they review best practices in workplace and residential and discuss ways to create spaces that support productivity and encourage renewal.

    This is a recording of a webinar presented on September 16, 2020.


    Design Sector Mash-Up: Workplace and Residential 
    is available exclusively for ASID Student Members. For a taste of the exclusive content available, click here

    Remember to come back to this page to register after you join ASID!

    Charrisse Johnston, FASID, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA

    Principal, studioSALT

    After earning a degree in Behavioral Sciences and an MBA, Charrisse Johnston worked on Wall Street before turning to interior design. Currently a founder of StudioSALT in Cape Town, Charrisse was a principal and the firmwide interior design practice leader at SteinbergHart before moving to South Africa. Prior to that, Charrisse designed learning and commercial workspaces at Gensler. Charrisse is a Fellow and former Chair of ASID and a current Director of the African Institute of Interior Design Professions. She has given talks worldwide about design's impact on human performance and juried many international design competitions. She particularly enjoys speaking with students about designing spaces that go beyond aesthetics to improve physical and mental well-being.

    Kerrie Kelly, FASID, NKBA, CAPS

    Creative Director, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab | FY21 Chair, ASID National Board of Directors

    With more than 25- years of experience, Kerrie Kelly is creative director for Kerrie Kelly Design Lab. She is an award-winning California interior designer, author, and contributor; and a product designer and multimedia consultant helping national brands reach the interior design market. Kerrie is a fellow and FY21 chair to the National Board of Directors for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID); Houzz Pro Advisory Board Member; and the 2020 Trends Expert of the National Kitchen and Bath. 

    Maria Martin, ASID

    Founder, Design Appy

    Maria Martin graduated from The University of Texas with a degree in Interior Design and concentration in Studio Art. Upon the completion of her studies, she headed up the team remodeling a rehab facility into a boutique hotel, The Mansion at Judge’s Hill. Next, she established her own design firm, Interior DesignWorks, taking on multi-family residential and high-end residential projects. Following the economic downturn of 2008, Maria explored new ways to impact the design world through technology. Her resulting app, Design Appy, streamlines communication between designers and clients.

    Brooks Morelock, ASID

    Designer and Senior Associate, Gensler

    Brooks Morelock is a designer and senior associate at Gensler New York with nearly 10 years of experience delivering game-changing workplace and amenity projects to some of the city's most progressive companies. Brooks focuses on breaking the boundaries of traditional design by illuminating opportunities for true inclusion in every project he touches. Brooks is best known for his contributions to innovative projects like the law office of Paul Hastings, the first American law firm to implement open-plan associates, allowing for more collaboration and mentorship. As a people-first designer, Brooks carried this sentiment to Roosevelt Island for his collaboration with Forest City Ratner and Weiss-Manfredi on the Tata Innovation Center. Brooks designed and implemented a platform for dynamic exchange and collaboration at all levels at the intersection of industry, enterprise, research and education. In addition to his project work, Brooks is deeply involved in the OUT Foundation.

    Laura McDonald Stewart, FASID, RID, LEED AP, WELL AP (Moderator)

    Owner, Laura McDonald Enterprises

    Laura McDonald Stewart received her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Southern Methodist University and her MFA in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. After several years designing corporate projects, she founded Laura McDonald Enterprises and PLiNTH & CHiNTZ, the interior design blog and industry resource. For almost 10 years, Laura also managed METROCON Expo & Conference, the annual two-day event in Dallas focused on the built environment. She has served on the ASID National Board, currently sits on three interior design department advisory councils and was the recipient of the 2009 NCIDQ National Louis S. Tregre Award.

  • Design Sector Mash-Up: Healthcare and Hospitality (Virtual Conference Student Program)

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    The boundaries between design sectors continue to blur. What lessons can be shared between market sectors to create more unique and impactful spaces?

    The boundaries between design sectors continue to blur. What lessons can be shared between market sectors to create more unique and impactful spaces?

    Hear from design professionals from the ASID College of Fellows and rising stars of the ASID Ones to Watch Scholars, as they review best practices in healthcare and hospitality and discuss ways to create spaces that support health and curate experiences.

    This is a recording of a webinar presented on September 16, 2020.


    Design Sector Mash-Up: Healthcare and Hospitality is available exclusively for ASID Student Members. For a taste of the exclusive content available, click here

    Remember to come back to this page to register after you join ASID!

    Molly Baker, ASID

    Project Interior Designer, Senior Associate, Perkins&Will

    Molly Baker serves as Project Interior Designer, Senior Associate at Perkins&Will in Seattle.  Over the past 10 years, she has had the privilege to work with incredible teams on a broad range of project types and sizes. Her focuses are interior architecture and interior design. She enjoys working closely with clients, architects and consultants to create unified spaces driven by holistic concepts. 

    Molly’s experience spans corporate headquarters, institutions, healthcare and residential. Her skills include programming, conceptual design, schematic design, documentation, presentations, finish selection, furniture procurement and client relationships. 

    Molly thrives in creative environments where ideas are shared and challenges become opportunities. 

    John Cialone, FASID

    Partner, Tom Stringer Design Partners

    John Cialone, a nationally-recognized interior designer, leads a team of more than 20 professionals while managing operations at Chicago-based Tom Stringer Design Partners. As a partner and vice president of his firm, John’s enthusiasm for promoting the interior design industry is contagious. With over 25 years of experience, his work has been recognized with many awards and widely published.  

    John is a member of the Guild Board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago and a member of the Leaders of Design Council. He has served as a public speaker to many organizations and has mentored students across the country. John has participated in the 1+ Program, donating his firm’s services and aligning his belief that Design Impacts Lives” with the firm’s work. John also serves on the ASID National Board of Directors. 

    Deborah Lloyd Forrest, FASID

    President, ForrestPerkins

    Deborah Lloyd Forrest, who founded ForrestPerkins in 1998, is an award-winning leader in hospitality design. Her expertise lies in imagining and realizing the design of highly detailed places that resonate with guests.   

    A Fellow of ASID and its 2004 Designer of Distinction, Deborah is also a member of Hospitality Design magazine’s Platinum Circle. Her work has been featured in a number of highly respected publications. She is a sought-after speaker on design and management and has authored numerous articles related to hospitality design, design management and ethics. 

    In 2016, ForrestPerkins merged with Perkins Eastman Architects, retaining the name and brand with offices in Dallas, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Deborah is Principal of Perkins Eastman and a member of its Board. 

    Xie Xin, Allied ASID

    Interior Designer, Perkins&Will

    A native of Shanghai China, Xie Xin holds a bachelor’s in Architecture Design from the China Academy of Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Healthcare Environments from Virginia Tech. Xie is currently an interior healthcare designer with the New York office of Perkins&Will where she has been involved is developing exceptional healthcare environments in the United States, China, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. She has taken a central role as client liaison and in-house consultant for the office’s China projects and has become a valuable resource to the firm.

    Jennifer Quail (Moderator)

    Editor-in-Chief, i+D Magazine

    Jennifer has spent 20 years covering interior design, furnishings, and more for magazines in New York, Los Angeles, and now Washington, D.C., where she serves as Editor-in-Chief of i+D, the magazine for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Interior Designers of Canada (IDC). i+D was named an Honorable Mention for Overall Editorial Excellence in the 2019 Folio magazine awards.

    Her work has appeared in various publications, including Luxe Interiors + Design, Western Interiors + Design, FORM, and ASPIRE Design & Home, as well as on Houzz.com and About.com, where she served as Home Furnishings Expert. Prior to working at ASID National headquarters, she served on the Board of Directors for the ASID New York Metro chapter and also as editor of both the New York Metro and New Jersey chapter magazines.
    Jennifer earned a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Drexel University and has taken assorted design classes covering theory, practice, and history, at Parsons School of Design, New York University, and Sotheby's Institute of Art.

  • Design Sector Mash-Up: Education and Government (Virtual Conference Student Program)

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    The boundaries between design sectors continue to blur. What lessons can be shared between market sectors to create more unique and impactful spaces?

    The boundaries between design sectors continue to blur. What lessons can be shared between market sectors to create more unique and impactful spaces?

    Hear from design professionals from the ASID College of Fellows and rising stars of the ASID Ones to Watch Scholars, as they review best practices in education and government and discuss ways to create spaces that support learning and security.

    This is a recording of a webinar presented on September 16, 2020.


    Design Sector Mash-Up: Education and Government is available exclusively for ASID Student Members. For a taste of the exclusive content available, click here

    Remember to come back to this page to register after you join ASID!

    Ngozi Brown, AIA, ASID, NCARB, NCIDQ, M. Ed., LEED® AP ND, EDAC, GPCP

    Founding Principal, NBO A+D, PLC

    Ngozi Brown is both an architect and an NCIDQ-certified interior designer. Her expertise includes learning environment and evidence-based design, and she is EDAC-certified. Ngozi is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Tuskegee University, where she completed her Bachelor of Architecture degree. Ngozi is also a graduate of Concordia University, where she received a Master of Education degree. She is certified by the United States Green Building Council as a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Neighborhood Design. She is also certified by the Green Building Initiative as a Guiding Principles Compliance Professional. 

    Mary Knopf, FASID, LEED AP B+DC, ALEP

    Principal, ECI

    Mary is a principal at ECI, an architectural, planning and design firm in Anchorage, Alaska.  She is a Washington State University graduate, practicing commercial design in the state of Alaska for 35 years.  Mary has extensive interior design experience in the areas of education, retail, office, hospitality, healthcare, and public spaces.  She is a proponent of inherently sustainable design practices utilizing products and materials that create healthier living and working environments. 

    A past National ASID Board of Directors member, Mary is currently serving on The Washington State University Interior Design Advisory Board, BOMA Anchorage Board of Directors, Alaska GPAC, Alaskans for Sustainable Heathcare Costs Board of Directors, is Co-Chair of the ATHENA Scholarship committee.

    Melissa Pribyl, ASID, NCIDQ, WELL AP, CHID, CDT

    Associate Principal + Interior Designer, MCG Explore Design

    Melissa Pribyl was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, where the people and places influenced her to become equally passionate about sustainable design practices and increasing the wellness of interior spaces. With more than 10 years of design experience, she enhances the way the interior environment interacts with individuals, believing that the people are the heartbeat of the place. Both personally and professionally, Melissa aims to create environments that help people reach their potential and thrive and is committed to mentorship, volunteerism and wellness advocacy. With a passion to create and a dedication to her studies, Melissa earned a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Northern Arizona University. 

    Vincent G. Carter, FASID, NCIDQ

    Deputy Director of Real Property, United States Department of Homeland Security

    Vincent G. Carter is currently Deputy Director of Real Property for the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has been with DHS since 2009. Prior to this role, he was with DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency), The World Bank, Vincent G. Carter Associates, Louis Berger Group, McKissack & McKissack, KCCT Architects, Howard University, Marymount University and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).  

    Vincent is a long-time interior design legislative advocate., and he serves on the CIDA Board of Directors. 

    Toni Gocke Wyre, ASID, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP (Moderator)

    Instructor of Interior Design, University of Central Arkansas

    Toni Gocke Wyre is a commercial interior designer specializing in education, healthcare and corporate interiors and was recognized as one of Arkansas Business' Top 40 under 40 Professionals in 2013. Over the last decade, her work has received over 36 regional design awards, crossing all sectors, from residential and corporate to hospitality, healthcare and education. In July of 2018, she was selected to be an International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) Global WELL concept advisor after being the first in Arkansas to achieve her WELL AP accreditation. In the Fall of 2020, Toni transitioned to a part-time/consultant role with PSW and joined UCA, The University of Central Arkansas, as a full-time instructor of Interior Design in their CIDA accredited program. 

  • Standing Out: Winners from the 2020 ASID Student Portfolio Competition (Virtual Conference Student Program)

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    Learn from the 2020 winners of the ASID Student Portfolio Competition as they share their approach and process in portfolio development.

    Learn from the 2020 winners of the ASID Student Portfolio Competition as they share their approach and process in portfolio development.


    Supported By
    Benjamin-Moore

    Your portfolio is critical to launching your design career. Through striking visuals showcasing their process and solutions, hear from the 2020 winners of the ASID Student Portfolio Competition as they share the stories of their design work in the portfolio development process. Walk away energized and inspired so that you have the tools to craft and optimize your portfolio, positioning you for a strong future in design. 

    This is a recording of a webinar presented on September 17, 2020.

    Join ASID as a Student Member to take full advantage of all the content available as part of the ASID Virtual Conference Student Program Package.

    Alexa Fombrun, Allied ASID

    Freelance Interior Designer

    Alexa Fombrun graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design in May 2020. She was recently selected as one of three winners in this year’s nationwide ASID Student Portfolio Competition. From a very young age, Alexa’s greatest passion has been for the world of design and creativity. She believes that the built environment should be inclusive and speak to the needs of every human being with close consideration of the mind and the body.

    Jessica W.L. Ma, Student ASID

    Student, Savannah College of Art and Design

    Jessica W.L. Ma dreamed of being an artist as a child. After starting her studies in the medical world, she returned to her initial artistic goals in 2017 and began school at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). During her studies, Jessica immersed herself with inspiring design thinkers and cultivated her inner artistic passion for creating impactful experiences in the world around her. As a thinker, maker and designer, Jessica is excited by the changes that design and innovation can impart on the future of the world.  

    Mona Nahm, Allied ASID, LEED Green Associate

    Designer, Y.A. studio

    Mona Nahm recently completed her MFA from the New York School of Interior Design. She also holds a BFA in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA. Prior to attending NYSID, Mona worked as a production designer for independent films. However, she changed careers and transitioned to the world of design because she wanted to create permanent spaces that could directly impact communities.  

    Mona is currently a designer at Y.A. Studio in San Francisco and focuses on affordable housing projects. She finds her role to be a rewarding experience because she has had the opportunity to design diverse and inclusive spaces that respond to current economic and environmental pressures.

    Matthew De Geeter, ASID (Moderator)

    Vice President, Education & Engagement, American Society of Interior Designers

    Matthew De Geeter, ASID, Vice President, Education and Engagement, joined headquarters staff at the American Society of Interior Designers in 2013, bringing his background as a professional interior designer at a top-tier, international firm and as a past student, chapter, and national volunteer leader of ASID to develop meaningful experiences. Matthew delivers the value proposition of engaging with ASID through on-demand and live learning opportunities, award programs, and member benefits by mapping together the perspectives of audiences including students, educators, practitioners, and partners. The portfolio of ASID programs are positioned to build individual’s skills, celebrate the positive impact of design, and support business needs.