MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (July 11, 2016) – Given that Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors and 70 percent of their waking hours sitting down, it’s comforting to know that interior design experts like Rachelle Schoessler Lynn are leading efforts to enhance those environments and counter their negative impacts.
This weekend, Rachelle will be presented with the national Designer of Distinction award from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) following its annual Chapter Leadership Conference, held this year in downtown Minneapolis. This award is the highest honor for personal achievement and social consciousness in the interior design field.
“Rachelle has been a leader in the field of sustainable interior design innovation for years, and we are thrilled to honor her successful career with the Designer of Distinction award,” said Randy Fisher, ASID CEO. “The future of interior design can be seen through Rachelle’s creative, considerate projects.”
Far beyond a catalog of furniture, lighting and textiles, interior designers provide expert guidance on space utilization and product sourcing, and they can ensure the materials they use are healthy for both the environment and for individuals.
“The future for interior design will revolve around sustainability strategies,” said Rachelle Schoessler Lynn. “We need to spread the knowledge of interior architecture to more deeply consider what materials and products are actually made from and how using these materials affects the whole lifecycle – the impact on water, the impact on energy usage, the impact on carbon emissions. We have important work ahead of us.”
Rachelle’s work can be seen on projects ranging from interior of Minneapolis’s Red Stag Supper Club (the first LEED-certified restaurant in the state) to the design and workplace practice of 3M’s Corporate Headquarters in Maplewood. Rachelle also cofounded and led an independent architecture and interior design studio focused on sustainable design for five years. She is currently a senior associate at MSR (Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle), a Minneapolis architecture and interior design firm.
“It is an honor to be recognized by ASID and my colleagues from across the country,” said Rachelle. “We’re still working hard on educating designers on what healthiness means. For me personally, I feel a moral and ethical responsibility to incorporate sustainability standards into all aspects of interior archtecture. We’ve evolved, but we still have a lot to learn.”
Another Minnesotan will be recognized this weekend with a national award from ASID. Caren Martin, Ph.D., will receive the Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit award for her outstanding support of the interior design industry. Dr. Martin is a member of the Minnesota Interior Design Legislative Action Committee and has worked on the state’s licensing board. Dr. Martin is associate professor and director of the Interior Design Program and Executive Program at the University of Minnesota
The American Society of Interior Designers is a community of designers, industry representatives, educators and students committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, ASID strives to advance the interior design profession and demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively impact the human experience in the places were we live, work, play and heal. Currently, ASID has over 25,000 members and 47 professional chapters nationwide, including one in Minnesota that also serves members in North and South Dakota.
For more information on the Minnesota chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, visit www.asidmn.org.