RealWorld DesignWeek Announces National Spokesperson

Published year: 
2009

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Nationwide interior design mentoring program names renowned hospitality interior designer Deborah L. Forrest, FASID, as 2009 national spokesperson

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 28, 2009) | RealWorld DesignWeek, the annual nationwide student mentoring program created by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), has named Deborah L. Forrest, FASID, as its 2009 national spokesperson. The career-development mentoring program offers a unique one-on-one experience that pairs college students with interior design professionals from Nov. 1 – 7, 2009.

“RealWorld DesignWeek is an amazing mentorship program for students because it connects their textbook knowledge with in-the-field and workplace experiences,” says Deborah L. Forrest, FASID. “The shadowing experience and prep materials provided by RealWorld DesignWeek gives students the opportunity to observe how the business works, puts their skills to the test and opens doors by pairing them with potential future employers. In these tough economic times, students need these resources now more than ever.”

ASID’s second annual RealWorld DesignWeek is the first cohesive, national program aimed at educating future interior designers through in-person experience. It empowers students to succeed in the industry, build relationships with the design community and provide them with the tools to jump-start their careers.

Forrest, an ASID Fellow and 2004 ASID Designer of Distinction, is a renowned interior designer known for the restoration and renovation of luxury landmark properties and the design of contemporary luxury hotels and resorts worldwide.

Created and run by ASID, RealWorld DesignWeek is sponsored by Sherwin Williams, Industry Partner of ASID. Partners include Metropolis magazine, a national media partner, and Canfield & Tack Inc., a print partner.

For more information, visit www.asid.org/rwdw.

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 40,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.  www.asid.org

About Deborah L. Forrest, FASID: Forrest, an ASID Fellow and 2004 ASID Designer of Distinction, is a renowned interior designer known for the restoration and renovation of luxury landmark properties and the design of contemporary luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. Her extensive portfolio includes the restoration of the Empress Hotel in British Columbia and the renovation of the Hotel Vancouver and the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, the conversion of two historic palaces in Vienna to the SAS Palais Hotel; the renovation of luxury suites at the Berkeley Hotel in London; and a new luxury hotel for Rosewood Hotels and Resorts in Athens, Greece.  Forrest is a principal and co-founder of interior design firm ForrestPerkins and has written a soon-to-be published book on luxury hotel design.

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