IADT-Detroit’s Interior Design Program Chair Becomes ASID President-Elect

November 4, 2011

Photo of Barb MariniTroy, MI (The International Academy of Design and Technology) – IADT-Detroit is excited to announce that Barbara S. Marini, the chair of the CIDA-accredited interior design program, is now the president-elect of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). She will serve the organization as president-elect from October 2011 to September 2012. Ms. Marini’s leadership in the professional community and commitment to promoting interior design education makes her an inspiring educator at IADT–Detroit.

Ms. Marini’s new role in ASID is just the latest accomplishment in her impressive history of professional experience. She has been actively engaged in interior design education for over 15 years, including working at Eastern Michigan University and the College for Creative Studies. Ms. Marini has also owned her own commercial interior design firm, Marini Interiors, Inc., since 1987.

“I’m excited about this opportunity to keep giving back to the interior design community,” Ms. Marini says of her new role in ASID. “The changing nature of interior design makes it more important than ever to stay connected through a network of design professionals.  ASID is a valuable resource for interior designers.”

As an advocate for the interior design profession, Ms. Marini uses her leadership experience to help her students pursue interior design degrees at IADT–Detroit. She holds both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in interior design, as well as a Specialist of Arts degree in Educational Leadership. Ms. Marini is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership with a focus on creativity in education.

As an active member of the ASID Michigan Chapter, Ms. Marini has served as the president of the chapter, chair of the Council of Fellows, and chair of the ASID Student Advisory Council. The recognitions she has received include the ASID Faculty Advisor of the Year Award, the ASID Michigan Chapter Medalist Award, and the ASID/Polksy Award for educational research in interior design. Ms. Marini achieved the society’s highest award in 2007 when she became a Fellow of ASID.

Through education, advocacy, community-building, and outreach, ASID strives to advance the interior design profession and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Founded in 1975, the American Society of Interior Designers is the oldest and largest professional organization for interior designers, engaging more than 36,000 members throughout 48 chapters in the U.S. Canada. ASID also includes more than 10,500 students who are pursuing interior design degrees. If you want to learn more about ASID, visit their website or contact IADT-Detroit.

About the International Academy of Design and Technology in Detroit

With more than 30 years as an established institution, the International Academy of Design and Technology offers students a hands-on education with experienced faculty dedicated to providing students with the necessary skills, knowledge, support and guidance to pursue fulfilling career opportunities in the design and technology fields. The Detroit campus (IADT–Detroit), which opened in 2003, offers degree programs in fashion design, fashion design and merchandising, interior design, graphic design, game production, digital media production, Internet marketing, Web design and development, information technology, and retail merchandise management.  Students also have the opportunity to take a portion of their coursework online through IADT-Online. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. The International Academy of Design & Technology – Detroit’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), 206 Grandville Ave, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, www.accredit-id.org. Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more at www.iadt.edu/disclosures. IADT–Detroit cannot guarantee employment or salary and is part of the Career Education Corporation network of schools. For more information, please visit www.iadt.edu/Detroit or call 888-838-2111.