The Design Museum Foundation Named 2017 ASID Design Innovation Award Winner

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The Design Museum Foundation Named 2017 ASID Design Innovation Award Winner Unique travelling museum to be honored at Celebration – The ASID Awards Gala in July

(May 8, 2017 Washington, D.C.)The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is pleased to announce The Design Museum Foundation as the 2017 ASID Design Innovation Award winner. Presented annually, this award honors an individual, institution, manufacturer, or research team for producing an innovative project, product, or body of work that makes a significant contribution to the advancement of the profession of interior design.

“ASID is proud to support and recognize innovation in the interior design industry,” said ASID CEO Randy Fiser. “The Design Museum Foundation is a visionary organization that is expanding the reach and impact of design to communities and audiences who may not otherwise have been exposed to it. Each initiative they launch is more innovative than the last.”

“It’s truly an honor to receive ASID’s Design Innovation Award for Design Museum Foundation,” said Sam Aquillano, Executive Director of Design Museum Foundation. “ Their recognition of our unique, nomadic approach — bringing the transformative power of design everywhere — serves as a reminder: the status quo can always be broken — a museum can be much more than four walls.”

The Design Museum Foundation is on a mission to exhibit the transformative power of design and to inspire creative problem solving by producing inspiring exhibitions and events. The organization seeks to educate the world about design thinking and to transform communities through innovative public demonstration projects. As a nomadic, online, multi-site museum based in Boston, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon, The Design Museum Foundation can reach audiences that traditional museums cannot, producing a real impact in the communities they visit. In 2016, the Foundation launched the Center for Workplace Innovation, a hub for thought leadership focused on improving the modern workplace. The center is a think tank and resource for content and inspiration. The goal of the Center for Workplace Innovation is to educate, to inspire, and to drive change in the global workplace so that employees will be happier, healthier, more engaged, and more productive, and so companies will achieve greater success, retain top talent, and create a greater impact on the world.

The ASID National Award winners were selected by a panel of judges comprised of professional members, ASID Fellows, and representatives from the design community. This year’s prestigious panel of judges included Bill Browning, LEED AP, Hon. AIA, founding partner, Terrapin Bright Green; Khoi Vo, Allied ASID, chair, Interior Design, Savannah College of Art and Design; Philip Kennicott, art and architecture critic, The Washington Post; Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, LEED Fellow, senior associate, MSR; and Suzanne Tick, founder, Suzanne Tick, Inc.

The Design Museum Foundation will receive its award at Celebration – The ASID Awards Gala, on July 15, 2017, in San Diego, California along with the Designer of Distinction, Design for Humanity, and Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit award winners and the new inductees to the ASID College of Fellows. Purchase tickets to Celebration.



About ASID

The American Society of Interior Designers 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 humancentric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

ASID was founded over 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big, and of the places we live with the places we work, play, and heal. Learn more at