March 2014


Cathy Emilian,
ASID NYU/CE President

: : President's Note
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It was my great pleasure to attend this year's ASID President's Forum in Washington DC, from February 21-23. This gathering gives ASID Chapter Presidents the opportunity to connect directly with ASID National leaders and get an overview of the past year. They are also given the lowdown on what the focus will be moving forward. There are meetings, speakers, discussions and networking - with some good food and fun thrown into the mix. 
National's President Elect, Stephanie Clemons graciously welcomed us and let us know what we have to offer as ASID designers. She believes the most important thing we all bring to ASID, and our profession, is our varying experiences. Our diversified strengths, backgrounds and expertise make us a powerful combination.  
Thus began our weekend of soul searching and introspection: Our keynote speaker, Sheri Jacobs, the President and CEO of Avenue M Group, a marketing agency specializing in work with Associations, gave us the tools to effectively evaluate our position as an organization, and to guide the formulation of improvements.
We heard from Randy Fiser, Executive Vice President/CEO and other staff, who gave us a breakdown of where ASID is today. The positive news is that WE HAVE THE GOODS: ASID is not just an agency that provides a credential. We do not just get together for education and socialization - WE ARE MORE! We are leading efforts to get legislation through that will advance our profession. We are doing research and case studies on aspects of design that are becoming metrics for the profession. The list goes on. There are no other organizations doing all of these things for designers - and we do it for ALL designers - we are inclusive of both residential and commercial designers - and we are going to stay that way.
What we will be working on is getting the whole message of ASID out - and that is just what we are going to do. National lead a series of exercises that allowed the Chapter presidents to work in groups and formulate what we are going to concentrate on in the coming year. A new strategic plan that incorporates the input of your own presidents will be put out shortly. This is the beginning of ASID 2.0! 
I look forward to seeing you at Rediscover Network 2014 on March 28th!

: : This month's interview is with Jillian Schultz,
our Student Board Representative : : 
Jillian Schultz
Student Board Representative
Q: Which of your courses is the most influential on your design education?

A: My studio classes are definitely the most influential. They allow me to experience the whole design process including space planning, specifications, and codes. We use actual existing buildings for our projects and many times real clients, so we get to deal with challenges that are very real. We've also studied a variety of residential and commercial facilities, so it's given me a broad range of knowledge.

Q: As an interior design student, do you think the way design values are communicated to a student is the best it could be?

A. At my school, the value of design is stressed tremendously. I also feel that people, both in and out of the design world, are beginning to recognize the importance, the benefits and the value of good design. While focusing on things like ergonomics and anthropometrics, students are urged to think about the function of their designs as well as the form. Some aspects of design are more like a science than an art and that is why design is so valuable. We are also encouraged to communicate the values of design through our own projects, something designers are pretty good at!

Q: In what way do you see/experience digital tools being significant contributors to a design student?

A: As technology develops, digital tools become more useful. One of the most significant ways I think digital tools contribute to students is through networking. It is so easy to develop a connection with other students and designers in the field. Students can easily learn about new products, local and even international competitions, and ways to get involved. Organizations like ASID offer tons of resources that students can access that can help them not just while they are in school, but as recent graduates finding jobs and eventually a designer in the field.

Q: Beyond AutoCAD what other CAD/digital design courses are you learning in your design programme?

A: Other digital design courses I have taken are Technology and Design, where we learned programs such as Photoshop, IN Design and Sketch Up, and Revit.

Q: As our chapter student rep, what do you see as your most important contribution?

A: I feel that my job is to keep the students connected and informed. I want them to be aware of all the wonderful opportunities there are out there, whether it's a competition, Real World Design Week, internships, design events, and resources. I would also like to contribute to the board by voicing the ideas and opinions of the students.

Q: Is there a particular specialty you wish to focus on in your career? I.E., medical, residential, hospitality, etc.?

A: I prefer commercial design, especially healthcare. My last studio class focused on Evidence Based Design, designing the Chemotherapy Infusion spaces for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I actually really enjoy the research aspect where I get to learn about codes and guidelines and challenge myself to follow these strict rules while incorporating good design. 

: : Do you know about New York Eleven Plus?: : 


New York Eleven Plus (NY11+) was founded in 1997 by Ruth Lynford and is dedicated to promoting public awareness of the interior design profession. NY11+ is a platform to showcase student work from prestigious interior design programs across the state.


This annual event opens in Albany with a reception at the Legislative Office Building on April 7th at 5:30 pm. The display then moves to New York with a reception at the Grohe America showroom on April 23rd. We encourage our chapter members in the greater Albany area to attend this year's event.


Images of last year's work from some of our Upstate New York design programs fit the theme of "A New York Perspective". This year students will display work in keeping with the theme "Codes for Living", emphasizing the importance of interior design. You can learn more at

Above display by Cornell University students for the 2013 NY11+ exhibit.


Above display by Buffalo State students for the
2013 NY11+ exhibit

: : Upcoming Event 
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Interior Designers for Legislation in New York (IDLNY)
is hard at work on behalf of interior designers in New York State.
ASID NYU/CE is a supporter of IDLNY and our members are encouraged to support the organization in any way possible. Some upcoming dates you may want to be aware of: 


Monday, April 7th

NY11+ Opening Ceremony and Reception

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Legislative Office Building, Empire State Plaza, Albany


Thursday, April 10th

Designers on the Block 2: A Night of Auction and Fun

Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: The Mohawk Group, 71 West 23rd Street, 18th Floor, New York


Wednesday, April 23rd

NY11+ Opening Ceremony and Reception

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Grohe America Showroom, 160 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor, New York


Designers on the Block 2 is the second annual fundraiser for IDLNY. NY11+ was founded in 1997 and hosts an annual show of work by students in Interior Design programs throughout the state.
We hope you will be able to take part in one of these events. Check out and for more information. 

: : Legislative Letter Writing Campaign : :
Our chapter is encouraging members to write to their Assembly Member and Senator regarding Bill S.6336, A.9132; an act to amend the business corporation, education and limited liability laws in relation to permitting certified interior designers to enter into joint enterprise or partnership of a design corporation and allow interior designers to sign, stamp and issue plans for permitting.
Are you aware of these current limitations in New York State?
Read more here:,_A9132.pdf

You can also look at a sample letter to a Senator here
Then, send your own letter with these handy templates!
Assembly Member

We have posted a suggested template on the web-site that you could use to add your voice to this very important issue.....

We are asking for your help.....NO - we're not, we're asking for your involvement/engagement 

Every year, your Chapter President-Elect is tasked with writing our strategic plan. The strategic plan defines our ASID Chapter direction and makes decisions on allocation of resources both tangible and intangible to pursue our goals. And we are looking for your feedback! We want to hear your thoughts and here are the outlets in which you can do so:
- Join our Strategic Planning Committee
- E-mail a board member with your thoughts
- Talk to a board member at Network 2014
- Follow and comment on our blog
- Follow and comment on our Facebook page
- E-mail your Chapter President-Elect, Corinn Soro : : she'd love to talk to you!
This is YOUR chapter and we want you to get the most out of your membership. Get involved, it's shaping up to be an exciting upcoming year!

Additional information, templates, etc can be found here

: : Barlett & Associates : :
Our TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2014 - New York-based Interior Design magazine, one of the foremost icons of the design world, has published a Q&A interview with Inger Bartlett, president and founder of Bartlett & Associates. The regular feature, called "Ten Questions With," is one of the most popular for the 82-year-old publication. Here is a link to the interview: Bartlett interview

: : Olean Home and Garden Show 
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The Olean home and garden show is coming up in April.

The Olean Home and Garden Show is bringing back demonstrations to the show floor this year. In the past, the seminars were held in other rooms off the beaten path and didn't get the attendance we wanted.

If you would like to come and talk COLOR/DESIGN and be an expert at our show.

Speaker Topics Wanted:
Choosing Serene Color Schemes
How To Select the Right Paint and Color For Your Home
Combine Colors Like a Design Expert

Our home show is April 11 - 13, 2014
William O. Smith Recreation Center

The Olean Home and Garden Show will gladly place speaker in a hotel down in Olean as well as pay for mileage.

Apply by email below.


Meme Krahe Yanetsko
Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce

We are on track to regular release of the chapter newsletter within the first week of the fact, in the next issue or two we will be ready to distribute on the 1st or 2nd day of the month. To that end, any contributions to be considered for the newsletter must be in our hands my mid-month. We welcome any relevant news, material, photographs whatever. Please just be sure to clearly identify and explain the content. Thank you.   
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