Through a new partnership, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Public Architecture will support pro bono service for nonprofits seeking interior design expertise through a nationwide Public Architecture program. The program challenges architecture and design firms to commit a minimum of 1% of their time to pro bono service and facilitates a matching service to connect firms with nonprofits seeking pro bono design services.
“From designing livable homes for veterans to creating warm and welcoming environments for children’s hospitals, each day we hear about the many inspiring service projects our members are working on in their communities,” said ASID national president Barbara Marini, FASID, IDEC. “Through our official partnership with the 1% program, we aim to recognize this work while also making it easier for any member who wants to get involved in pro bono projects.”
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The 1%’s firms on average contribute $9 million in pro bono services annually. This new partnership is aimed at providing ASID members with the resources, opportunities and support needed to increase service.
“The interior design community has played a necessary and important role in the 1% program since its founding,” said John Peterson, founder and president of Public Architecture. “We’re inspired by ASID’s vision and support of the profession's role in improving communities in need."
Public Architecture is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in San Francisco. It engages architecture and design firms, nonprofits, and manufacturers to commit to design for the public good.
To learn how to get involved in The 1% program, visit the ASID member page.