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Illinois Chapter of the ASID Announces Design Scholorship Winners

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The American Society of Interior Designers - Illinois Chapter (ASID-IL) announced three winners of the Richard R. Smith Memorial Scholarship. Each of the full-time students received $1,000 to offset fees for tuition, books and supplies for the current school year. The winners are: -Jennifer Jimenez, from Harrington College of Design -Megan Lopez, from Harrington College of Design -Tyson Schrock, from The Illinois Institute of Art Chicago "The judges were impressed with the skill level Jennifer, Megan and Tyson demonstrated in their applications, and are very excited to welcome them as professional interior designers in the near future. All three are deserving of the scholarship and we congratulate them on a job well done," said James Landa, 2007-08 ASID-IL chapter president. ABOUT THE RICHARD R. SMITH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP The Richard R. Smith Memorial Scholarship competition is based upon excellence in design. Every applicant was given an "as built" footprint of a space that provides a small commercial retail store with an apartment for the proprietor. Students were given all the design requirements that were needed to be met to complete the design. Students submitted their projects on no more than two 18" x 24" boards, and the individual projects included a scaled floor plan with all applicable symbols, two elevations and five material selections. The applicants also outlined how life-safety and accessibility regulations would be met. For more information about ASID-IL, please visit www.asidillinois.com, or call the ASID Illinois Chapter headquarters at 312-467-5080. ABOUT THE "FIND A DESIGNER" SERVICE The Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers offers a free, convenient, user-friendly online service that consumers and business professionals can use to search for interior designers throughout the state. Find A Designer, available at www.FindADesignerIL.com, allows site visitors to preview profiles of ASID-IL designers before contacting them for a project interview. The online service includes easy-to-navigate Web pages, more than 75 designer profile pages, and the ability to search by location and designer specialty. Consumers have the ability to review as many designer profiles as they'd like and find out more about each designer, as well as view samples of their work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at their convenience. ABOUT ASID The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is the oldest and largest professional organization for interior designs. It 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 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 49 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. ASID interior designers specialize in a wide range of areas. In the commercial sector, its members provide design and consulting services to the office, health care, institutional, hospitality and retail environments. In the residential field, its members provide services ranging from space planning to home office design to customizing a home to meet specific client needs. The American Society of Interior Designers - Illinois Chapter (ASID-IL) is a non-profit professional association representing the interests of more than 1,600 Illinois interior designers, students and design industry partner members. Its vision is to be the voice of design in Illinois and to provide information through quality, timely communications, to educate its members and clients, and to expand and to support market expansion. The Chapter is lead by a volunteer board that includes the Chapter's president, president-elect, 5 directors and a student representative.

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