Reflecting on the American Society of Interior Designers Student Symposium
By Alivia Green, Interior Design student
The Livestrong Foundation in Austin, Texas, hosted the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Student Symposium on October 27-28, 2017. Interior Design students from The University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, and other Central Texas colleges and universities gathered to discuss design, portfolios, and information about new WELL standards. The ASID Headquarters in Washington D.C. recently opened an office that meets the Platinum standards of WELL Design, which sets specific criteria for spaces to achieve the best health and wellness environment for users.
Platinum is the highest level that a design can currently achieve, where the specifications of air, light, nourishment, water, fitness, mind, and innovation are successfully implemented to a percentage that greatly improves the overall health and wellness of the space. Of the events that occurred during the Symposium, the information session about the WELL standards that the ASID headquarters is achieving was the most interesting to me because of how much thought and change had to be put into the design in order for the building to meet the highest standards.
After this session, student attendees broke into groups to hear other designers, directors, and professors speak about specific topics which included portfolio production, materials, and more. Professor Charlton Lewis of The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture hosted one of these small talks about considering diversity and equity in designing interior environments. Three Interior Design students from UTSOA attended this talk, during which Lewis discussed diversity and equity within UTSOA and what can and will be done to address these needs. The students seemed very intrigued by the topic and were anxious to continue the discussion within UTSOA.
Overall, the symposium addressed multiple topics in design and was very informational for the students. We are all now even more excited to attend the ASID conference, SCALE, in the Spring semester!