ASID and Public Architecture Form Partnership to Advance Pro Bono Design

Published year: 
2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 27, 2012) | The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Public Architecture announce a partnership to support pro bono service for nonprofits seeking interior design expertise.

Through the new relationship, ASID and Public Architecture will encourage ASID members to pledge to The 1%, a nationwide program of Public Architecture that challenges architecture and design firms to commit a minimum of 1% of their time to pro bono service and facilitates a matching service to connect firms with nonprofits seeking pro bono design services.

“The interior design community has played a necessary and important role in The 1% program since its founding,” says John Peterson, founder and president of Public Architecture. “We’re inspired by ASID’s vision and support of the profession's role in improving communities in need."

ASID is committed to advancing the profession and communicating the impact of interior design to enhance the human experience. The 1%’s firms, which include ASID members, on average contribute $9 million in pro bono services annually. This new partnership is aimed at providing members with the resources, opportunities and support needed to increase service.

“From designing livable homes for veterans, to creating warm and welcoming environments for children’s hospitals, each day we hear about the many inspiring service projects our members are working on in their communities,” said ASID national president Barbara Marini, FASID, IDEC. “Through our official partnership with The 1% program, we aim to recognize this workwhile also making it easier for any member who wants to get involved in probono projects.”

Please visit the ASID member page to learn more about the program.

About The 1% Program
The 1% program of Public Architecture gathers the commitment of the designers of the built environment and connects nonprofits with architecture and design firms willing to give of their time pro bono. It is the leading national venue for firms to document their pro bono contributions, discover pro bono resources, and find new project opportunities. Learn more at www.theonepercent.org.

About Public Architecture
Public Architecture is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in San Francisco. It engages architecture and design firms, nonprofits, and manufacturers to commit to design for the public good through its nationally recognized 1% program; it acts to generate positive change through public-interest designinitiatives; and shares the potential of design to change the world throughadvocacy and outreach. Visit www.publicarchitecture.org.

About ASID
TheAmerican 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 positivelychange people’s lives. Its more than 30,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Learn more at www.asid.org.