ASID Honors Emerging Leaders in Ones to Watch 2022 Program


Furniture World News Bureau on 04/08/2022

Pictured clockwise from top left: Sara Ables, Brandon Bibby, Julia Calabrese, Emily Hall, Sashi Murthy, Brittany McNairy, Kristina Kamenar and Khoi Hoang.

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced the fellows and winners of its 2022 Ones to Watch program, which honors underrepresented members of the interior design community. As part of ASID’s dedication to advancing diversity and inclusion in the interior design profession, the Ones to Watch initiative supports and provides opportunities for aspiring leaders.

“The interior design community needs to improve diversity and inclusion in all areas of practice,” said ASID CEO Gary Wheeler, FASID, FIIDA. “As a leading organization for all sectors of design, it is our duty at ASID to lead by example, accelerate and support diversity in our field. We hope Ones to Watch recognition, along with our other diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, will help us move towards a more equitable and inclusive industry. ASID 2022 Scholars and Laureates have truly demonstrated their ability to impact lives and push the boundaries of the profession, and we will support them on their journey as they become the new leaders and experts in the industry.

An annual program that began in 2017, Ones to Watch recognizes industry professionals from underrepresented communities – including members of racial and ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ, women and people with disabilities – and provides them with a additional support as they move into management roles, further diversifying those leading the industry. Applicants should be active members of the interior design industry with 5-15 years of experience who are on the path to higher management positions.

Ones to Watch award winners benefit from leadership opportunities, access to industry leaders and peers for networking, and expanded participation in ASID events as guests. Of these recipients, up to eight are selected as fellows and participate in an additional two-year leadership training program. Fellows receive additional support: executive leadership coaching, relationships and curated experiences to strengthen their networks and positioning as experts and thought leaders in national ASID programs, as well as skills as coaches and mentors at pass on to the next generation of emerging leaders.

Scholars and winners will be recognized nationally at ASID’s national conference, GATHER, to be held in Miami September 21-24, 2022.

Those to watch

The 2022 ASID Ones to Watch Fellows are Sara Ables, ASID, RID, IIDA, LEED GA; Brandon Bibby, ASID, AIA, NOMA, WELL AP; Julia Calabrese, ASID; Emily Hall, NCIDQ, CID; Khoi Hoang; Kristina Kamenar, ARIDO, NCIDQ, LEED GA; Brittany McNairy, ASID, IIDA, LEED AP, WELL AP, RELi AP; and Sashi Murthy, ASID, AIA, NCARB.

Sara Ables, ASID, RID, IIDA, LEED GA | Senior Furniture Specialist, Corgan

Sara Ables is a senior furniture specialist in Corgan’s Dallas interiors studio. Ables earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the University of North Texas (UNT). As a student, she was involved with ASID and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), served as Treasurer of the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality, and served as President of UNT’s Interior Design Student Alliance. She currently serves on the IIDA Equity Council, which is made up of leaders who are committed to increasing inclusion, access, opportunity and diversity in all facets and activities of the association and design profession. interior.

Brandon Bibby, ASID, AIA, NOMA, WELL AP | Fellow/Space and Society Architect, MASS Design Group

Brandon Bibby is a 2021-22 Space and Society Fellow and Architect with MASS Design Group. Bibby is an artist and architect driven by movement, culture and familiarity in the contemporary southern space and questioning representational access to equitable and quality design in the built environment. He is a graduate of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design and the ninth African-American architect to hold an active license to practice architecture in Arkansas. An award-winning professional known for his leadership and community involvement, Bibby is a recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal, the 2021 AIA Arkansas Diversity Award, and was named in the “20 in their 20s New Influential 2019 Class” category. of Arkansas Business.

Julia Calabrese, ASID | Global Design Manager, Ford Motor Company

Julia Calabrese is currently Global Head of Interior Design at Ford Motor Company’s Built Environment Studio. She began her career designing highly immersive brand experiences for companies such as Cadillac, Buick, GMC, Land Rover, Mazda and Walt Disney World. In his current role, Calabrese Couples create immersive brand experiences with the physical and psychological experiences of humans to deliver well-designed, highly functional interior design and architecture. With her understanding of the nuances of what makes us human, Calabrese approaches design using an empathy-based, science-backed philosophy in hopes of improving the lives of others.

Emily Hall, NCIDQ, CID | Principal and Associate Designer, Gensler

Emily Hall is a Northern California designer with 11 years of experience. She is a creative problem solver with a balance between conceptual and technical skills. Its strength lies in its ability to adapt to all phases of the design process to provide seamless support to its clients, from programming to completion. She believes in the power of listening and prioritizing the needs of the end user while pushing design boundaries to create unique spaces that reflect the company’s brand. Hall’s focus on customer service has created strong client relationships that often result in multiple repeat projects.

Khoi Hoang | Principal Designer, Senior Partner, Gensler

Khoi Hoang is a senior partner at Gensler. He is a designer working at the intersection of workplace and hospitality and is known for being endlessly curious and intentional at all scales. Exceptionally adept at quickly distilling complex information into abstract, artful concepts, Hoang is a strong believer in maintaining a culture of collaborative design in which clients and designers feel inspired to commit to a design vision that goes far beyond the ordinary. He translates this philosophy across a wide variety of market sectors, including product design, furniture and consulting on concept development and materiality.

Kristina Kamenar, ARIDO, NCIDQ, LEED GA | Senior Project Interior Designer, HOK

Kristina Kamenar is an award-winning interior designer specializing in workplace design. Kamenar joined HOK in 2015 as a junior designer and has since risen to the role of senior project interior designer and become a senior partner. She leads the internship program at HOK and works closely with designers just starting out in their careers to challenge them to use their voice and represent what’s next in design leadership. Her focus on the intersection of thought leadership and design solution development guides her design approach as she considers the human experience and how design impacts the livelihoods and health of users of spaces she designs.

Brittany McNairy, ASID, IIDA, LEED AP, WELL AP, RELi AP | Senior Technical Coordinator, Perkins&Will

Brittany McNairy is a senior technical coordinator and partner in Perkins&Will’s Washington, DC office. She has been involved in leading her office’s sustainability efforts and is pursuing LEED, WELL, Living Building Challenge and Fitwel certifications. With this work, McNairy’s strength is in combining the client’s ambitious health and wellness goals with the building environment and project budget. Additionally, McNairy co-leads the Washington, DC office’s Net Zero Embodied Carbon and Social Purpose initiatives and promotes social responsibility in his work.

Sashi Murthy, ASID, AIA, NCARB | Project Architect, Revel Architecture & Design

Sashikala Murthy is a first-generation Indian-American designer and architect. After living 10 years in Washington, DC, including four years practicing residential design, she made the choice to start over on the other side of the country and broaden her skills. She moved to California. where she obtained her master’s degree in architecture. She works at Revel Architecture & Design in San Francisco as a project architect. Murthy is heavily involved in Landlord Services and Tenant Improvement Projects in Corporate Workplace Design and is a co-founding member of Revel’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team.

Ones to Watch Award Winners

This year’s ASID Ones to Watch award winners are Jessica Collins, IIDA, WELL AP, LEED GA, NCIDQ; Dorothy Deak, IIDA; Sergio Mondragon, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, LEED Green Associate, CID, NCIDQ; Susie Parsons, NCIDQ; Sidney Pottinger; Jeep Pringsulaka, PA LEED; Rosie Rainbow; Erika Reuter, AIA, NCIDQ, LEED AP; Amber Van Kley, IIDA, NCIDQ; Rahissa Melo Wang, WELL AP, ENV SP; and Yaoyi Zhou, Ph.D., ASID Educator Partner, IDEC, LEED Green Associate.

About ASID

The American Society of Interior Designers believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the entire interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and cross-disciplinary relationships between designers from all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional and residential . We lead interior designers in shared conversations about topics that matter: from evidence-based, human-centered design to social responsibility, well-being and sustainability. We highlight the impact of design on the human experience and the value that interior designers bring.

ASID was founded over 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the benefits of local connections with national reach, small businesses with big ones, and the places we live with the places we work, play and heal. For more information, visit


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