The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced the winners and scholars of its 2023 Ones to Watch program. Honoring interior design professionals from underrepresented populations and minority groups, the program seeks to advance the interior design industry by ensuring that representation is reflected across the profession.
“ASID is dedicated to fostering inclusivity and creating meaningful impact to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the design community,” said Khoi Vo, chief executive officer, ASID. “We envision the future of design as a place where leaders represent diversity both in practice and in heritage. Members of our organization are bonded by a common love for design, and we believe our community is made better when we celebrate our differences. With this ideal at heart, our Ones to Watch program uplifts practitioners and communities with resources and connections to help advance their careers, shepherding them to be the leaders of tomorrow.”
Established in 2017 and awarded annually, the ASID Ones to Watch Program identifies and recognizes rising leaders in the interior design community who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and a willingness to push the boundaries of the profession. Emphasis is placed on participants whose backgrounds are currently underrepresented in management roles in the interior design industry, including women, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ+, and persons with disabilities. Up to 20 applicants are selected as award-winners, and from those, eight are chosen as scholars who receive additional opportunities to excel.
ASID offers winners and scholars opportunities to establish connections with peers and industry leaders, gain national recognition, participate in ASID events and conferences, and access leadership opportunities within ASID and the design community. Scholars receive additional benefits from their two-year leadership development training program, including one-on-one and group executive coaching, curated network building experiences, positioning as thought leaders at ASID national programs, and skill development opportunities to aid in their mentorship of the next generation of leaders.
2023 Ones to Watch Scholars
This year’s Ones to Watch scholars are: Alejandra Delgado, Associate ASID; Aliza Goldsmith, Allied ASID, LEED GA; Patricia Hernandez, Associate ASID, IIDA; Hojung Kim, NCARB; Janeallison Ng, ASID, NCIDQ; Annie Portner, ASID; Kaitlyn Wahl; and Abby Zaccaglini, ASID, NCIDQ.
Alejandra Delgado, Associate ASID, Designer / Project Architect, Gensler:
Aliza Goldsmith, Allied ASID, LEED GA, Interior Design Professional, HOK:
Patricia Hernandez, Associate ASID, IIDA, Senior Interior Designer, Gensler
Hojung Kim, Educator Partner ASID, NCARB, Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville:
Janeallison Ng, ASID, NCIDQ, Interior Designer III, Associate, Solomon Cordwell Buen:
Annie Portner, ASID, Interior Designer, Gensler:
Kaitlyn Wahl, Associate ASID, Project Manager, Interior Architects (IA):
Abby Zaccaglini, ASID, NCIDQ, Interior Designer, HGA:
2023 Ones to Watch Winners
The 2023 Ones to Watch winners are Jennifer Cappella, IIDA, LEED AP; Jodie Crohn; L.A. DeRiggi, ASID, LEED Green Associate; Joanne Duka-Ragadio, Associate IIDA; Laura Guerrero Flores; Cathleen Gruver, Allied ASID; Kelly Knowles, LEED AP ID+C, NEWH; Kelly Nelson, IIDA, WELL AP; Kimberly Morrison Race, ASID, IIDA, NCIDQ, CID, CMKBD; Rachel Rosenberg, ASID, NCIDQ, CID, WELL AP, LEED Green Associate; Nureed Saeed, Associate ASID; and Laura Wall.
Jennifer Cappella, IIDA, LEED AP, Associate, Project Interior Designer, Ballinger:
Jodie Crohn, Project Designer, HOK:
L.A. DeRiggi, ASID, LEED Green Associate, Principal, Hudson Park Interior Design:
Joanne Duka-Ragadio, Associate IIDA, California Interior Design Lead, PBK Architects:
Laura Guerrero Flores, Design Professional, Education Interiors, HKS:
Cathleen Gruver, Allied ASID, Lead Interior Designer, Gruver Cooley:
Kelly Knowles, LEED AP ID+C, NEWH, Interior Designer II, B+H Advance Strategy:
Kelly Nelson, IIDA, WELL AP, Interior Designer III, CBRE Design Collective:
Kimberly Morrison Race, ASID, IIDA, NCIDQ, CID, CMKBD, Professor of Practice, Interior Design, Morgan State University:
Rachel Rosenberg, ASID, NCIDQ, CID, WELL AP, LEED Green Associate, Associate Principal, Lamar Johnson Collaborative:
Nureed Saeed, Associate ASID, Owner/Creative Director, Nu Interiors:
Laura Wall, Senior Interior Designer, Woods Bagot: