HKS wins ASID Outcome of Design Award for North Torrey Pines Living & Learning Neighborhood
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has awarded HKS with a 2022 ASID Outcome of Design Award for North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood at UC San Diego. The campus is also named among the award program’s highest achieving projects of the year, receiving the additional honor of ASID Outcome of Design Optimizer.
Each year, the Outcome of Design Awards recognize projects, designers and organizations that “focus on the quantifiable effect of projects on people in the built environment,” according to ASID. The awards celebrate human-centered, socially responsible designs with exemplary research and data on occupant experience.
HKS Global Practice Director for Education Interiors Adelia Schleusz, RID, said the award sheds important light on the value of designing for outcomes and the vital role interior design plays in shaping peoples’ well-being.
“The ASID believes design impacts lives. At HKS, we could not agree more, and we deeply believe in the power of meaningful and measurable design. It is an incredible opportunity to be acknowledged by an organization whose purpose is to elevate the value interior design and recognize what an integrated approach can bring to the human experience,” Schleusz said.
The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood (NTPLLN) has become a vibrant center of activity for UC San Diego students, faculty, staff and residents of La Jolla, CA since it opened in 2020. Outcomes honored by ASID encompass HKS’ interior design strategies for NTPLLN and their impact on people, place, and planet.
NTPLLN’s people-centered outcomes include findings from a longitudinal research study — conducted by a research coalition including UC San Diego, the Center for Advanced Design Research (CADRE) and HKS — where students reported lower depression scores and significantly increased satisfaction with the new campus’ residential and community spaces. The project’s numerous environmental and place-related outcomes reflect UC San Diego and HKS’ shared commitment to sustainability, creating spaces that promote wellness and student and community interactions.
The ASID honor reflects HKS’ commitment to improving design processes and outcomes through research. HKS Senior Design Researcher Renae Mantooth, Ph.D., who contributed to the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood study, said that by implementing an evidence-based and outcome-driven process, designers are better positioned to ensure design strategies provide the intended impacts.
“At North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood, we have seen how student well-being, social connection, and environmental health have been positively influenced by the design of the new neighborhood. We’ve also learned lessons along the way that will inform future decision making on similar projects that prioritize the student experience,” Mantooth said.
Schleusz and Mantooth will attend GATHER 2022 – The National Conference by ASID, taking place September 21-24, 2022 in Miami. There, they will participate in the Outcome of Design award ceremony, presenting about North Torrey Pines Living & Learning Neighborhood’s interior design strategies and impact.
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