Over the last year, I’ve had the pleasure of serving as president of the Colorado chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). With my term wrapped up, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on some of the areas I believe are essential for a thriving design community here locally – areas I hope to continue to support as I begin a new role within the national ASID organization.

Creating a More Inclusive Design Community

ASID Colorado tours Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel

photo by Sam Ward

One of my chief goals as president of ASID was to promote a more inclusive design community locally. There are so many different ways to participate in the design profession and to support one another as a community. To that end, I tasked our ASID Board of Directors with leading the charge by building strong, inclusive committees that focused on innovative ways to provide added value to our diverse membership.

We expanded our reach to the Southern Colorado, Northern Colorado, and Mountain community of designers. We brought members together to tour inspiring projects including the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, CSU’s new stadium, and the new Maven Hotel in Dairy Block.

ASID Colorado Awards GalaWe also looked for opportunities to bring members together through fun events, such as the sold-out Crystal Awards, and we brought additional laughter and fun to an already amazing event.

While there is still work to be done, we saw a measurable increase in participation in ASID this year. We had one of our most successful awards galas ever, broad participation in our philanthropic events and an uptick in membership – all trends I hope to see continue in the coming years.

Strengthening ASID’s Online Presence

Behind the scenes, we worked hard this year to strengthen the organization’s presence in Colorado. We implemented a new ASID website with refreshed ASID National branding, and we created new ads for our media partners to spotlight Crystal Award-winning projects. We also built a stronger social media presence which was kicked off in the mountains with our first social Media Conference.

Building Stronger Industry Relationships

CASA House Denver Grand Opening

Photo by Austin Foote

We organized teams of designers and industry partners to renovate Denver’s CASA House. Volunteer projects often bring out the best in our membership and strengthen our connection with our community. I’m so proud of the way our community came together to create a beautiful, supportive environment for Denver children. Here’s Mayor Michael Hancock at the opening of the new CASA House.

Happily, we quickly sold out sponsorships and added many new industry partners and We strengthened industry relationships with a series of highly successful thank-you events wt the Denver Aquarium and Union Station.

Supporting the Next Generation

Over the last year, I had the opportunity to spend time with students entering the industry, sharing insight and providing opportunities for mentorship. We held a number of emerging designer and student events, and we added numerous mentoring opportunities. ASID’s Colorado chapter was even able to bring seven interior design students from Colorado to the national conference. It will continue to be important to the strength of our chapter to engage and make the benefits of membership in a professional organization compelling for this next generation of designers.

Elevating Colorado Designers Nationally

Colorado ASID Designers get National Recognition

New Chapter’s Eve, photo by Phil Wegener

Traveling to the national ASID conference, I was proud to find that our state chapter is widely respected as a leader in ASID nationally. Colorado is often singled out as a success story, having produced two national ASID presidents, numerous student chapter and member awards, and won two Chapter Challenges in fundraising for the ASID Foundation.

During my term, we pursued (and will continue to pursue) hosting the national ASID conference. In my new role as Chair-Elect of the Chapter Support Team nationally, I see an opportunity to use best practices from our local chapter to strengthen other ASID chapters nationally. I also see a great opportunity to continue to elevate the incredible work of Colorado designers on a national stage.

I’m so proud of the work ASID and our local design community continue to play in shaping the Colorado aesthetic for the better, and I look forward to shining a spotlight on our incredible design talent in the years to come!