Brandon Jordan

ASID CEO Randy Fiser

This week, Trish talks to Randy Fiser, the CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers. He tells Trish about ASID’s recent accomplishments and goals, and what ASID can do for students.

Non-designer Design Advocate

Randy Fiser isn’t a designer by training. He studied a lot of business in school, but he found his career in working for non-profits that designed systems to help people like plans for businesses to work with new mothers they employ and developing school curriculum standards. But, as the CEO of ASID, Fiser advocates for interior designers and espouses the benefits of thoughtful interior design. He’ll tell people they spend 93 percent of their time inside, so shouldn’t all our spaces be designed with our wellness in mind?

Students in ASID

Students can join ASID for $85 for the entire time they’re students, which buys access to events, networking opportunities and professional-grade resources. And outstanding students can even show themselves to be worth watching, and ASID is finding new ways to draw attention to those upcoming designers.

Find out more about ASID at And make sure to check out ASID’s student summit SCALE, March 1-3 in New York. Follow Randy Fiser and ASID on Twitter for design news and ASID event updates at @ASID_CEO and @ASID.


Color with Lori Weitzner

Today, Trish invites Lori Weitzner into the Student Lounge. Weitzner is a New York colorist whose design work includes jewelry and textiles as well as interiors.

Student Edition: Tara Headley

Welcome back! Today, Tara Headley joins Trish in The Student Lounge. Tara is a Barbados-born and Atlanta-based designer who was the International Design Awards’ Student of the Year in 2015 and the 2016 Emerging Designer of the Year.

Tara received both her BA and MFA in interior design from Savannah College of Art and DesignHer senior thesis explored the value and nuance of integrating culture into interior design through a speculative Iraqi cultural center.

Headley completed three internships, including one with Hirsch Bedner Associates Atlanta office. She got her first taste of international design when a hotel project called for weaving local culture through the client’s specific, branded needs.

She shares her wealth of student and recent-graduate wisdom from her short but dense career.


  • Design contests are free money as long as they allow you to submit something you’ve already finished or that can be tweak slightly to meet criteria.
  • The best way to get a job is not necessarily the traditional way. Networking with people in the industry and making direct connections with companies can be the quickest way into a job.
  • Going to events that you might not be sure you belong at is a great networking plan, especially if you’re the only student who shows up!

If you want to review the steps Tara Headley took, visit her on LinkedIn where she includes her 54-page graduate portfolio.