Professor named ASID PresidentPosted September 22, 2012
Kitty Wasemiller, professor and director of ACU's Interior Design program, has been named president of the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). ASID is a national organization serving more than 20,000 members. As president, Wasemiller will lead more than 1,700 interior design affiliated members in the Texas Chapter, the largest chapter of the organization.
She hopes her leadership role will increase understanding of the important role of interior designers. "I am often asked what interior design colors or features are trendy, and that makes me stop and think about how our industry is somewhat misunderstood," says Wasemiller. "Yes, interior designers implement design solutions that make people say, 'Wow, that’s beautiful!' But, interior designers are not so shallow to consider only the beauty of living and working environments; rather, interior designers have the capacity to improve daily lives."
Wasemiller previously served the Texas Chapter of ASID as president-elect, a member of the Board of Directors for three terms, and financial director for two terms. Her term as president begins Oct. 1. The Texas Chapter named Wasemiller the first recipient of its Educator Medalist Award in 2011.
Her dedication to interior design reaches beyond her roles within ASID. She has served for more than 28 years in ACU's Department of Art and Design as a professor and leader. Under her direction, ACU's interior design program received national accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
Wasemiller holds BFA and MFA degrees in her field and has completed post-graduate work in healthcare interior design. She has consulted for commercial and residential clients and formerly worked as an interior designer with the Tittle Luther Partnership in Abilene. She holds an NCIDQ certificate and is a registered interior designer in Texas.
"Today’s interior designers consider the impact of their decisions in view of the need to protect the natural environment," says Wasemiller. "Designers weigh the effects of their design solutions on the environment, on budgets, safety, emotions and the well-being of a wide range of user needs. Designers must be good listeners, creative, discerning, resourceful, careful and practical all at the same time."