ASID Announces 2010 Student and Educator Design Competition Winners

National Design Competitions Celebrate Interior Design Excellence.

Washington, DC, April 13, 2011 --( The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) announces the winners of the 2010 ASID Student Competition and the ASID Educator Design Excellence Competition. Both award programs are juried national design competitions that recognize the outstanding work and leadership amongst ASID student and educator members.

The 2010 Student Design Competition challenged students to create a wellness concept to address a particular societal issue. 2010 Student Design Competition winners include:

Quoc Quach, Student Member ASID of Kendall School of Art and Design, was named winner for his design concept for the Willow Healthcare facility in Grand Rapids, Mich. His concept fosters patient well-being and comfort through the use of natural daylighting, soothing interior colors and sustainable materials that draw a connection with nature.

Kala Latts, a student at Virginia Tech, received honorable mention for her concept for the long-term care wing at the Inova Regional Department of Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Alexandria, Va. Grounded in sustainable design principles, her concept promotes a homelike atmosphere that relieves patient stress and slows the onset of symptoms.

The ASID Educator Design Excellence Competition recognizes interior design excellence in both residential and commercial design projects completed by ASID educator members. Winners of the inaugural educator competition include:

Commercial design winner: Tom Allisma, Allied Member ASID, for his work at Blue Sushi & Sake Bombers Lounge in Fort Worth, Tex. Tom is an assistant professor of interior design at University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Commercial design honorable mention: Darrin Brooks, ASID, for his designs at Evolution Design, a designer stone showroom in Logan, Utah. Darrin is an assistant professor at Utah State University.

Residential design co-winners: Karen Clarke, ASID, for her ‘Clarke Residence’ design in Boston. Karen is a co-program director at Suffolk University in Massachusetts.

Gayla Jett Shannon, ASID, for her ‘Arlington Residence’ design in Fort Worth, Texas. Gayla is an assistant professor of professional practice interior design at Texas Christian University.

Residential honorable mention: Betty Ravnik for her ‘Ronhovde Residence’ design in Alexandria, Minn. Betty is the department chair at Alexandria Technical & Community College.

Full descriptions of the awards programs and winning projects can be viewed online at

About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. ASID is the Founding Sponsor of InformeDesign (, a searchable database that enables designers to engage in evidence-based design by using Research Summaries focused on design and human behavior, created and operated by the University of Minnesota.

Autumn Conrad