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ASID recognizes the need to grow diversity and inclusion in the interior design profession. Through ASID Ones to Watch, the Society supports rising leaders to ensure that diversity is reflected at all levels of the industry.

Each year, the ASID Ones to Watch program identifies and recognizes rising leaders in the interior design industry who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and a willingness to push the boundaries of the profession. They are poised to take the next leap in their careers. Up to 20 applicants will be honored as ASID Ones to Watch Award Winners within four unique categories: Design LeadershipEducation LeadershipManufacturing Leadership and Volunteer Leadership

Emphasis will be placed on participants whose backgrounds are currently under-represented in management roles in the interior design industry, including women, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ, and persons with disabilities.  Learn more. 

There is no fee to apply. 


The following items are required for your submission. We recommend having these materials ready for upload when begin your submission. 

  • Essay (750 word max) 

    • What will be your impact? Describe how your unique perspective has shaped your leadership and career goals to positively influence the design industry and profession. 

  • Portfolio (All portfolios are limited to a maximum of 20 pages and 10 MB)

    • Design Leadership

      • Submit a portfolio of select projects that showcase your design process, skills and impact of design.

    • Education Leadership

      • Submit a portfolio detailing the strengths of your teaching and the scope, quantity and quality of your educational contributions.

    • Manufacturing Leadership

      • Submit a portfolio detailing your unique contributions to your organization(s) or the design industry, including program management experience, new initiatives and innovations. Images are encouraged, if applicable.

    • Volunteer Leadership 

      • Submit a portfolio detailing your volunteer efforts, including organizations, specific initiatives and leadership positions. Images are encouraged, if applicable.

  • Project Roles (500 word max) 

    • Detail your roles and contributions on each project included in your portfolio.

  • Resume/CV (2 MB max)

    • Provide a written overview of your employment and education background, as well as specific experiences and qualifications that make you suited for ASID Ones to Watch. 

  • Letter of Recommendation 

    • Provide the name and email of a colleague, mentor or supervisor for a letter of recommendation. ASID will email your identified reference to upload their letter directly to your application.

  • Bio (150 word max)

  • High Resolution Headshot (300 dpi) 



November 18, 2020

Ones to Watch Applications and Nominations Open 

January 13, 2021     

All Nominations Due (Nominationswill be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET)

January 27, 2021 

Original Deadline 

February 8, 2021

Extended Deadline
All Submissions Due (Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET)

February 2021  

All Jury Reviews All Submission

February/March 2021  

Ones to Watch Finalist Interviews 

March 2021

Ones to Watch Award Winners and Scholars Informed 



  • Active employment in the interior design industry 
  • 5-15 years of experience in the interior design industry 
  • On a path to senior and/or executive-level position
  • Applicants for the Design Leadership category must be employed by a firm with at least 25 employees
  • Belong to an under-represented group in industry management roles including women, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ, and persons with disabilities 
  • ASID membership is not required to be considered for the ASID Ones to Watch Awards but is required for those selected as ASID Ones to Watch Scholars. Applicants do not need to be members to apply
  •  Current employees of Steelcase and their direct competitors are not eligible
  • Fully committed to participating in the Ones to Watch Scholars program if selected and have employer’s support



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