ASID: Deadline Extended for Portfolio Competition

Student Portfolio Competition and Keynote Speakers Announced for ASID Student Summit, February 26-28 at SCAD – Designers of winning portfolios will be considered for free summer 2016 internship, Deadline January 19

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) will welcome interior design students to LAUNCH: The ASID National Student Summit, hosted at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), February 26 – 28, 2016. Students will learn about the various career paths available with an interior design degree, as well as gain valuable insights on resumes, portfolios, networking and transitioning from student design to practice. In addition, the introduction of the ASID Student Portfolio Competition to the event is meant to generate and showcase the best collection of design projects from interior design students.

“LAUNCH has been designed to advance interior design students’ knowledge, increase their networking skills and offer professional resources meant to help them succeed in the profession,” said ASID CEO Randy Fiser. “We’re looking forward to an energizing and rewarding experience with our industry’s future leaders.”

As part of the ASID Student Portfolio Competition, students with top portfolios, judged in their entirety, will be invited to attend an exclusive student portfolio track at LAUNCH where they will work one-on-one with professionals to polish their resume, portfolio, and presentation skills. At the end of their exclusive track, students will be asked to present their portfolio to a distinguished panel of judges to receive in person feedback and be considered for a summer 2016 internship. Winners will be selected at LAUNCH and have the opportunity to present their portfolio to all LAUNCH attendees at the closing session.

To be eligible, entrants must be enrolled as a student as of September 1, 2015. The deadline for submissions is January 19, 2016. More details on evaluation criteria and cost to enter may be found here. 

In addition, the full schedule will feature two keynotes delivered by accomplished designers and industry experts:

Brooke Traeger-Tumsaroch, ASID, Design Director at AvroKO (Bangkok, Thailand)
An NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer, and Past-President of the ASID Washington Metro chapter, Brooke Traeger-Tumsaroch serves as a Design Director for AvroKO’s Bangkok office, where she oversees more than 30 designers focused on Bespoke Hospitality projects.

Primo Orpilla, Co-Founder and Principal at Studio O+A
Primo Orpilla is the award-winning co-founder of Studio O+A, the San Francisco design firm responsible for groundbreaking workplace designs at Facebook, Levi-Strauss, Microsoft, Uber, and Yelp. O+A’s design of Giant Pixel and Yelp were included on Fast Company Design’s list of “10 Coolest Office Spaces of 2014,” and Uber was named as part of Interior Design’s “10 Most Popular Design Projects of 2014.”

Students planning to attend can take advantage of early bird pricing through January 28, 2016; tickets are $195 for ASID members and $245 for nonmembers. The price of a nonmember ticket includes a one-year ASID student membership. Find more details on registration here.

LAUNCH: The ASID National Student Summit is sponsored by Kabuni, Sherwin-Williams, Steelcase, Benjamin Moore, Smith & Noble Pro, Hansgrohe, Wilsonart, Caesarstone, California Closets, The Tile Shop, Bellacor, SCAD, and Metropolis.

The Student Portfolio Competition is sponsored by Kabuni and Steelcase.

About ASID

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) 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 human-centric 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