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Reﬂections on My First Year
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ONE YEAR AGO, on my ﬁrst day
at ASID, I stepped on a plane from
Washington, D.C., to Houston, to
join our 48 chapter presidents at
the annual Presidents’ Forum. That
meeting began an enlightening year
of listening, learning and leading. As I reﬂect on my
ﬁrst anniversary with ASID, I’d like to share with you
what I heard and observed in this unforgettable year.
My ﬁrst reﬂection is of you, the members that
make up this incredible Society. As I met so many of
you throughout the country, I heard echoes of the
proud history of ASID, excitement for the future
and a desire to continually improve the Society. I
am amazed at the dedication and leadership many
of you have demonstrated, and continue to demonstrate, on behalf of the Society. You inspire me
with your constant efforts to improve people’s
lives, enhance places of work and worship, advance
health and enrich education. I thank you for your
service, dedication and inspiring work.
We will need this energy and dedication to prepare for our rapidly changing industry. We are in a
time where our young professionals have not been
able to find employment and have left the interior design profession to make their mark in other
industries. As the economy recovers and demand
for design increases — experts have indicated that
the construction industry is poised to reach $1 trillion over the next three years — we will experience
an inevitable gap in the number of designers needed
to meet our clients’ growing needs.
We are also seeing a blurring of the lines between
design disciplines among architecture, interior
design, industrial and graphic design. Many schools
are educating our students side by side, while A&D
ﬁrms build collaborative interdisciplinary teams to
tackle some of the toughest design challenges.
After attending several meetings, including
the Design Futures Council Summit on Innovation
and Technology, I’ve learned of the dramatic
impact technology will have on our profession.
The increased utilization of the cloud will provide
unprecedented access to the newest software innovations and data about people, buildings and cities.
Our ability, as a profession, to navigate and leverage
this new world will be a key differentiator. Industry
game changers that we are just beginning to understand include use of 3-D printers and virtual
modeling, as well as increased utilization of gamiﬁcation to design cities, buildings and spaces. There
is no question that technology increases transparency. Clients have more access to information about
design and the effectiveness and function of the
spaces and buildings we have designed. ASID will
continue to share the impact of technology innovations on practice and profession.
Over this last year, I have been warmly welcomed by my peers in the building industry,
including the leadership of IIDA, IDC, IDCEC,
IDEC, CIDA and NCIDQ. In them, I found a dedicated group of cohorts all working to advance
design and looking for opportunities to further
build collaborations. I have also found a welcoming
audience at AIA, ASLA, USGBC, BIFMA, BOMA,
IFMA and so many other organizations. We are all
looking for ways to build a path forward and navigate a future for the building industry. This includes
opportunities to engage in international conversations with organizations like the International
Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI).
As we look to an improved economy, enhanced
technology and forged collaborations will lead the
design community to leverage its full power to solve
some of the biggest challenges of our future. Design
is critical to climate change — buildings make up
about one-third of carbon emissions in the world —
and it will be our works that help make zero carbon
emission buildings the norm versus the exception.
Design has the power to solve some of society’s most
entrenched social problems. ASID’s commitment to
The 1%, and other mission-focused organizations, will
place design at the center of the conversation and the
solution. Design is also central to making advances in
healthcare, addressing an aging population and helping individuals improve their lives and well-being.
I feel so fortunate to be a part of this community and I continue to be inspired and mesmerized
by the work of its designers: Your energy and support continue to help ASID to lead the profession
into the future. Thank you for a wonderful ﬁrst year
… I look forward to many more. i
Randy W. Fiser
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