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ASID Announces Accelerate Studio

New national education program to focus on the influence of design on health and well-being.


New national education program to focus on the influence of design on health and well-being.

American Society of Interior Designers Starts Accelerate Studio

WASHINGTON D.C.--The American Society of Interior Designers announces the launch of ASID Accelerate Studio, a new national program created to help members expand their design knowledge and learn new strategies for their businesses. Hosted by Axor Hansgrohe, the first event in New York City on Nov. 13, and the second in Miami on Nov. 18, will examine interior environments that support healthy lifestyles and tools to assist designers in their practice.

ASID developed Accelerate Studio as a full day of accelerated learning, which members also can attend in segments, according to their needs. The program will feature dynamic workshops and demonstrations by leading design professionals. Members who attend the day-long program of Interior Design Continuing Education Council-approved sessions will earn their 0.6 CEU annual requirement.

"ASID places a premium on providing value to our members, in part, through frequent, innovative training opportunities," says Randy Fiser, ASID executive vice president and CEO. "Accelerate Studio responds to our members' requests as well as to market trends."

Accelerate Studio sessions in November will address current health-related industry topics, including environmental psychology, community health, well-being, material health and epigenetic design and lighting. Future sessions will focus on helping members grow their businesses, with insights and tools from Steve Nobel of NOBELINKS.

Each studio session will serve 50 people, encouraging participation and time for questions. Two two-hour breaks will give members ample opportunity for refreshments, networking and work matters between morning, afternoon and late-afternoon sessions.

The upcoming Accelerate Studio events will feature presentations by some of the design industry's leaders on health and well-being, including:

Sally Augustin, Ph.D. | A practicing environmental psychologist, Chicago-based Augustin is an internationally recognized expert on person-centered design and environmental psychology.

Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, LEED AP | Interior design director of the Perkins+Will New York office, Blumenfeld combines her background as an architect with a design excellence approach to interiors.

Jen Bruno | Axor Hansgrohe's manager of training and development, Atlanta-based Bruno is a highly regarded resource on sustainable living choices, stress management and designer-client engagement.

Deborah Burnett, ASID, CMG, AASM | A leading authority on health, wellness and epigenetic design, California-based Burnett combines her knowledge of the environment with evidence-based scientific research, bridging the gap between medicine and design.

Breeze Glazer, LEED AP | A sustainable health researcher at Perkins+Will in New York, Glazer is considered an expert on the impact of the built environment on human and ecological health.

Barbara Heulat, FASID, EDAC, AAHID | President of Heulat Parimucha: Healing Design in Alexandria, Va., Heulat is nationally recognized for her work in healing environments and evidence-based healthcare design.

AnnMarie Jackson, ASID, AAHID | Director of interior design at the Montgomery, Ala.-based Sherlock, Smith and Adams, Jackson is inspired by the ability of interior environments to positively affect the human experience.

BJ Miller, FASID, CCIM | Founder and president of The Vision Group Studios, Miller employs a human-centered approach to designing corporate, urban and healthcare spaces that promote well-being.

Allison Weidner | An architectural sales manager at Poggenpohl, the oldest kitchen brand in the world, Atlanta-based Weidner is an expert in European kitchen design.

For more details, schedules and registration information for:

ASID Accelerate Studio events in New York, click here.

ASID Accelerate Studio events in Miami, click here.

ASID will offer additional Accelerate Studio events in Los Angeles, Houston and other locations in 2014.