Celebration of Design: Design Excellence Awards Winners Posted!

The ASID Illinois Chapter was proud to host the 16th Annual Celebration of Design at Marshalls Landing in the Merchandise Mart.  With over 200 guests, the evening was filled with recognition of stellar projects celebrating the impact of interior design.

Professional photos are available on www.wishphotographyvideo.com please click PROOFS and ASID. Enter password 91919ASID and you can download them directly to your computer or device.  If you have a wonderful photo you want to share with the ASID Illinois chapter please use #asidil or #designimpactslives. 

Winners: Please contact Janel Hyland for the post event press release template. 

A winners gallery of the projects is posted on the Design Awards Network. Click here to review and you can share on social media.




2019 Design Excellence Award Winners
Industry Partner Award: New Product Innovation     
First Place  Interior Define
Surfaces: Treatments for Walls, Countertops and/or Ceilings    
First Place  Interior Planning & Design, Inc
Furnishings: Upholstery and/or Casegoods    
First Place    Frank Ponterio
Lighting, Fixtures, and Plumbing    
First Place    Elizabeth Scott Design Group
Bath by Small Firm   
First Place    Michelle's Interiors
First Place    Donna Mondi Interior Design
Kitchen by Small Firm    
First Place    Jase Frederick Design
First Place    Sarah Coe Design
Contract or Residential: Historic Restoration    
First Place    Tom Stringer Design Partners
Showcase Space  
First Place    Marcia Sweigert Interiors
Singular Room in a Residential Space
First Place    Frank Ponterio
Residence by Small Firm    
First Place    Claudia Martin Design, LLC
Residence Under 3000 SF    
First Place    Frank Ponterio
Residence Over 3000 SF    
Third Place    Donna Mondi Interior Design
Residence Over 3000 SF    
Second Place    Michael Abrams Interiors
Residence Over 3000 SF    
First Place    Michael Abrams Interiors
Outdoor Space: Contract or Residential    
First Place    SmithGroup
First Place    Box Studios
First Place    IA Interior Architects
First Place    Perkins + Will
First Place    Eckenhoff Saunders
Contract by Small Firm    
First Place    TZS Design
Contract Under 10,000 SF    
Second Place    Interiors by Mary Susan
Contract Under 10,000 SF    
First Place    Tom Stringer Design Partners
Contract Over 10,000 SF    
Third Place    SmithGroup
Contract Over 10,000 SF    
Second Place    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Contract Over 10,000 SF    
First Place    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Rising Star
Sarah Schwuchow, ASID, NCIDQ, RID        
Member of Distinction
Margi Kaminski, ASID    



Thank you to our Annual Sponsors


Annual Award Recipients


Jase Frederick, ASID

Ann Marie Del Monico, Allied ASID
ASID Illinois President Elect

Armando Uriostegui, Student ASID

ASID Illinois Student Rep to the Board

Sarah Schwuchow, ASID, NCIDQ, RID

Kathy Casa, Allied ASID

Liz Brenner, ASID

Merchandise Mart Marketing Team



Linda Navara, Allied ASID

Peer Group Chair, NW/North Shore Peer Group Leader

Karen Riordan, Allied ASID 

NW/North Shore Peer Group Co- Leader

Yamini Hingorani, ASID

Chicago Peer Group  Leader

John Scott, ASID

Chicago Peer Group Leader

Susan El Naggar, ASID

Wellness Peer Group Leader

Dena Kareotes Arendt, Allied ASID

 The Designer Peer Group Leader

Karin Hanke, Allied ASID

The Designer Peer Group Co- Leader

Jean Charlton, Allied ASID

Far West Peer Group Leader

Christine Courtin, Allied ASID

Far West Peer Group Co- Leader

Cynthia Smith, Allied ASID

Nominating Committee, ASID Illinois Past President

Tauji Shakita Vanpelt, Allied ASID

South Suburban Peer Group Leader

Dee Nickels, Allied ASID

South Suburban Peer Group Co- Leader

Katie Andrews, Allied ASID

West Peer Group Leader

Marcia Stoll, ASID

West Peer Group Co- Leader

Jennifer Hyman, Allied ASID

IMPRINT Committee Chair

Ashleigh Lessard, Allied ASID

IMPRINT Committee Chair

Meahgan Pearson - Allied ASID

Professional Development Director – ASID Illinois Board

Ken Walker – ASID Industry Partner

Financial Director- ASID Illinois Board Member

Sarah Guzek, ASID

Communications Director – ASID Illinois Board Member

Francesca Anderson, Allied ASID

At Large Director – ASID Illinois Board Member

Adrian Campos

Graphics Volunteer

Carol Stolt, Allied ASID

Government Affairs Committee


Pipa Bradbury, ASID

Committee Chair

Kruti Zaveri, Allied ASID

Committee Chair



Design Excellence Awards will open in April 2020.