Honorary fellowship is the highest honor that ASID can bestow on an individual who is not an interior designer by profession. Honorary fellowship is granted to individuals who have shown achievements on a national or international level in areas related to design, and those who have made noteworthy contributions to the advancement of the interior design profession. Honorary fellowship may be granted to individuals who have shown distinction in fulfilling the criteria established by the ASID Council of Fellows.
The five criteria established by the Council of Fellows, and the means of fulfillment through notable and outstanding achievement, are listed below.
Promote advancement of excellence in interior design. Individuals who have shown outstanding leadership and/or produced distinguished work through noteworthy achievements in areas such as, but not limited to, historic preservation, environmental design, lighting design, product design or the manufacture of interior design resources.
Enhance the profession through education, training and/or design practice. Honorary fellowship in this category may be granted to individuals who have made notable contributions through their achievements in education, publications or literature. Achievement includes firm management, administration, market expansion, and project and/or facilities management. Work in education may be teaching, research, administration or writing, and should have widely recognized and lasting impact, providing inspiration to others in this professional field.
Provide leadership to the industry and profession of interior design. Honorary fellowship in this category may be granted to individuals who have actively, efficiently and cooperatively led the Society, or a related professional organization, over a sustained period of time and who have gained widespread recognition for the results of their leadership. Examples of leadership areas include Society-level or chapter-level staff positions, consultants, legislation, NCIDQ, CIDA or similar organizations.
Preserve the health, safety and welfare of the public. Honorary fellowship in this category may be granted to individuals through the promotion of legislative efforts that recognize the significant effect of quality interior design on the health, safety and welfare of the public.
- Champion the profession of interior design through significant endowment to vital professional initiatives. Honorary fellowship in this category may be granted to individuals who have become benefactors to the interior design profession through providing sustained support. Contributions shall be Society-recognized, have strategic significance and may be regional, national or international in scope.
The Council of Fellows requires sponsors to base nominations on the criteria in the category which best describes the nominee's outstanding achievements. The sponsor may submit documentation for additional categories when the candidate's contribution is diverse.
The fellowship nomination may be made in one of two ways:
- By chapter (Nomination form must bear the signature of the chapter president or president-elect.)
- By an individual ASID professional member or a Fellow (Nomination form must bear the signatures of 10 professional ASID members in good standing or five Fellows. It is the sponsor's responsibility to inform the chapter of such a nomination.)
*Please note that the nomination sponsor (a term given to the individual responsible for assembling the nominee's binder) must be a professional member of ASID in good standing. Current ASID national officers, members of the ASID Board of Directors or members of the Council of Fellows (at the time of nomination) may not serve as sponsors for fellowship. However, current officers and members of the ASID Board of Directors may submit names for fellowship and ask another professional member in good standing to act as the sponsor. In the case of a chapter submission, the nominating chapter will select a professional ASID member in good standing to act as a single sponsor.