We are excited to have you at SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit, hosted in downtown Washington, D.C. at the Mayflower Hotel. Below are a few questions we thought you might ask. If we didn't cover something, or if you still have questions, feel free to contact us!    

Who is ASID?  

ASID is the largest, and only, multi-disciplinary professional organization for interior designers, interior design students, and the manufacturers and suppliers who support the profession. 

The rich, vibrant history of the organization goes back to the founding of its predecessor organizations, the American Institute of Interior Designers (AID) and the National Society of Interior Designers (NSID). 

More information can be found here. 

What COVID protocols will be in place at the event?  

The health and safety of our SCALE attendees in our top priority. Throughout the event, our team will be following the recommendations of the CDC, District of Columbia, and Marriott with several protocols, including social distancing, mandatory face masks, and limited capacity to name a few. ASID will update these protocols as recommendations change.  Additionally, all SCALE participants must agree to the Event Safety Guidelines & Procedures when registering.  

 What should I wear? 

Dress as the best version of yourself – be confident and professional in your attire. As an attendee, you will network with top professionals, industry representatives, media, and educators. So be sure to represent yourself well; there’s a big chance you’ll meet a future employer. It will likely still be hot in D.C., but event rooms can get cold, so have a jacket or blazer on hand.  

 When I arrive, where do I go? 

ASID will open the Welcome Center on Friday, September 10 starting at 9:00 a.m. for attendees to pick up their badges. The Welcome Center is located at the Grand Ballroom Foyer on the lobby level of The Mayflower Hotel. 

Welcome Center Hours:

  • Friday, September 10 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday, September 11 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 12 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where should I stay?  

The Mayflower Hotel is the official summit hotel. Reservations at the ASID discounted rate are available through August 19, 2021. Book your room here 

What should I bring?  

Tools for notetaking, your resume, and portfolio. Also, be sure to pack a comfortable pair of walking shoes for optional tours and special events during the summit.  

Why should I be an ASID Student Member?  

Networking opportunities, job fairs, and career tools, just to name a few. For more information, visit asid.org/students. 

What will the weather be like?  

The weather in Washington, D.C. in early September is typically in the high 80s with lows around 70. There are occasional showers, so you may want an umbrella. 

Will I need money for food?  

The following meals will be covered:

  • Friday: Afternoon Snack & Welcome Event 
  • Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch, & Snack 
  • Sunday: Breakfast & Snack  

 I have dietary restrictions. Will there be options at the event?  

After you register you will receive a link to a survey to provide all dietary restrictions and preferences. If you have specific questions, you can send an email to events@asid.org. 

How do I register for a SCALE tour? 

All SCALE tours are open to registered SCALE attendees. To add a tour to your SCALE experience, click here and select the tab that says “Register for Tours.” Spaces are limited, and all registrations are on a first come, first serve basis. 

Please check-in for tours at the Cabinet Room, Mayflower Hotel on Friday, September 10. All tours are within walking distance or accessible by WMATA Metro. Please wear comfortable shoes.

What is the refund policy?  

All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made via email to events@asid.org by August 6, 2021. ASID will provide a refund of all registration fees, minus a $50 administrative fee per person, to all requests by this date. For registrations that include ASID membership dues, membership dues will not be refunded. No refunds will be granted for requests received after August 6, 2021.   

What happens if ASID cancels the event?  

In the event that ASID is not able to host SCALE, ASID reserves the right to cancel the event. If SCALE is cancelled, registrants will be notified by August 20, 2021 and will be offered the option or for a full refund or to transfer registration to the same event held on a future date. ASID is not responsible for any travel costs incurred by registrants.  

I want to volunteer. How do I get involved?  

ASID is looking for volunteers to help with pre-event and onsite responsibilities. Contact education@asid.org to learn more.  

My company is interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities, how do we get involved?  

To support SCALE and other ASID national programs, please connect with Jon Strassner at jstrassner@asid.org.