ASID Foundation to Award $100,000 for 2015 Well-Being Based Research Projects

Nov. 5, 2014

Proposals must focus on impact of interior design on individual, community well-being

As part of its ongoing initiatives to elevate the importance of the impact of interior design on well-being, the ASID Foundation is accepting proposals for its fourth annual Transform Grant.

Awarded annually, these grants focus on applied research in interior design and human behavior. This year, the Foundation will award $100,000 in grant money to one or multiple design‐related initiatives that address critical gaps in industry knowledge into the growing influence design has on public health and well-being.

"We know the impact interior design has on people's lives. There is increasing scientific research that ‘good’ design improves a person's well-being and can decrease stress levels and enhance quality of life," said Sonya Odell, FASID, RID, and ASID foundation chair. "Whether it's in their homes, schools, or workplaces, these grants provide critical funding for research topics that advance design knowledge and transform the practice of interior design for the benefit of the public."

This years’ grant will specifically fund evidence‐based research on the impact of interior design on physical and psychological well‐being. Historically, “wellness” and interior design have been connected primarily through healthcare and health‐related entities; however, recent societal trends have broadened its scope and brought “well‐being” into relevance in workplace, hospitality, institutions, residential, and all areas of interior design practice.

In today’s world of increased globalization, urbanization, and advanced technology, built environments have the power to enhance the quality of life for individuals and communities by influencing health, orientation, mobility, mood, sense of privacy, and/or sense of self-expression. Because this topic is so relevant to the marketplace, ASID is looking for projects that can be started and completed within 9 months from the award date (February 23, 2015).

A panel of judges comprised of several of the industry’s leaders on health and well-being will review all submissions and be instrumental in the selection of the ASID 2015 Transform Grant recipients. Those individuals are:

  • Derek Yack, senior vice president at The Vitality Group
  • Mark Vargas, associate partner of AEGIS Health Security
  • Charles Blumberg, architect, National Institutes of Health
  • Michael F. Roizen, M.D., chief wellness officer and chair, Wellness Institute of the Cleveland Clinic
  • Tama Duffy Day, FASID, FIIDA, LEED® BD+C, health and wellness director, Gensler
  • Susan S. Szenasy, publisher and EIC, Metropolis

The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2014. For a complete description of submission guidelines and additional information about the fourth annual ASID Transform Grant, go to www.asid.org.

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