Professor and President of Interior Architecture and Design Receives National Award for Work with Shelters and Transitional Housing


Kearney Emergency Services Center. Art by Judith Rushin. Interior Design Consultants: Jill Pable and Kenan Fishburne. Architecture by CRA Architects.

Jill Pable of Florida State University, professor and chair of the interior architecture and design department, received the 2021 Design Luminary Award from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) as part of the national awards programs and ASID fellows from the association.

The award recognizes Pable’s research into designing healthy spaces that serve the homeless, such as shelters, permanent supportive and transitional types of housing.

Bathroom wall used to support a therapy exercise by a former homeless client in California.
Bathroom wall used to support a therapy exercise by a former homeless client in California.

“It is a distinct honor to be recognized by ASID with this award, and perhaps a testament to the critical importance of design to all of the people that my nonprofit ‘Design Resources for Homelessness’ seeks to support. “said Pable. “The most complete mission of designed environments is fulfilled when places help everyone, not just those who can afford it, to perform at their best. “

Pable’s mission is to raise awareness of the potential contribution that a thoughtful, research-based design can make to traumatized people, especially those without permanent housing.

“The prestigious Luminary Award is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the profession of interior design,” said James Frazier, dean of the College of Fine Arts. “The recognition of Dr. Pable’s contributions to the field, along with this recognition by his professional peers, is a prime example of how the work of our incredible faculty members extends beyond the borders of our campus and across the country. audience of our students and alumni. “

Pable has been a member of ASID for over 15 years and recently completed a term on the National Board of Directors.

“It’s so important to celebrate those who make an impact in the world through interior design,” said Gary Wheeler, CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers. “We are delighted that after such a difficult year, we are able to honor the national award winners and inductees of the College of Fellows. We hope that these winners will inspire and empower ASID members and the industry as a whole and showcase the impact of design. “

The National Awards allow ASID to celebrate all facets of design and those that make a difference in the world through the profession. The award honors Nancy Vincent McClelland, a strong advocate for professional recognition in interior design.

“Now is the time for design to be recognized for the powerful influence it can have on people, their perceptions and the natural world,” said Pable. “I hope awards like this help raise awareness of the potential of built environments to help people of all descriptions and means.

For more information, visit the FSU Interior Architecture and Design Department or Design Resources for the Homeless.

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