November Newsletter
ASID New Mexico November Newsletter
President's Letter 

Dear ASID New Mexico Member,

Wow, it is the middle of November already!  The 2016/2017 ASID New Mexico Board had its first meeting on the 18th of last month to discuss plans for the year ahead.  I am very excited to announce that the board unanimously voted to welcome Portia Bundy, our former President, as our Chapter Administrator.  Portia has always worked very hard on behalf of our chapter and we know she will continue to do so in her new role.  Thank you, Portia for agreeing to take on this job and keep us all in line!

In our continued partnership with NKBA, the Board continues to work diligently on building up next June’s New MexiCon Designer Trade Show.  Plans for the event are shaping up and it is sure to be even better than our inaugural event.  We will be rolling out more information very soon! 

The holiday season begins in only a few short weeks and the Board wishes all of our members and their families a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving.  Yikes! Before we know it December will be here!  Please mark your calendar for our holiday party,  December 9th from 5:30-6:30 at Builder Source Appliance Gallery.  The Board would love to see all of you there to enjoy some holiday cheer with us!

The NM ASID website has been updated with information about your 2016/2017 Board members and contact information for each of us.  Please feel free to contact any of us if you have any questions, or just to say hello!


Buffy Kline, Professional Member ASID

President, NM Chapter of ASID


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Why stress is causing interior designers to leave the profession

By: Susan Mulholland
Friday, November 04, 2016

Everyone has known of a colleague who has left interior design because they were burned out. The one thing they loved more than anything suddenly became the one thing they hated the most.

Our profession is probably one of the most stressful. We are always under some sort of pressure either by our clients or ourselves to create something that is unlike anything else done before. The pressure to be perfectly fabulous every time we start a project is overwhelming.

But doing it day after day — even when we love it and crave that adrenaline rush — has unforeseen consequences to our overall health, most importantly to our mental health.

We all have demanding clients who want our undivided attention. As much as we try to give them realistic timelines, they still think we are miracle workers.

This is so true especially during this time of year. As the holidays get closer, designers are more at risk to become overwhelmed and burned out. One bad situation with a client can lead to more and before you know it you are at risk.

Designers who are constantly in this state are more likely not to recover their health even after leaving the profession. They are more prone to depression and the use of drugs or alcohol to combat this feeling of helplessness.

The media has been bringing more attention to the issue of mental health and its effects on all of us. The topic that just 20 years ago wasn't even talked about is now at the top of everyone's mind. This is why our profession needs to make it a priority.

Many of us who have been practicing interior design and architecture for a while understand this is a feast-or-famine business. We are either stressing about how much work we have or the lack of work available to keep our business running.

We often just take the stress as it comes as part of the territory, just like other professionals. We all want to limit the stress we are currently experiencing, especially when we start to see it affecting our personal lives, but are we actively doing something about it or are we just paying it lip service?

The work-life balance idea is great, but for most of us it isn't realistic. Our creative lives are not separate from other parts of ourselves. So how do we limit the amount of stress if we can't "turn off" our creativity?

One way is to do something that is creative but not related to a project, client or even interior design. Expressing creativity through art, music or cooking has helped many designers limit the amount of stress they feel from the job. Planning time away during a project is also a way to "see" a solution or make better stress-free decisions.

We know exercise and meditation are also good ways to relieve the stress of our day. Incorporating this into our daily routine is usually the hardest part of this scenario, but making it a priority even in small ways is the first step to overcoming this feeling of being overwhelmed and burned out.

Since the topic of work-related stress and mental health has been brought to the forefront, early awareness and prevention have been the key to successfully combating the problems of job-related stress. Because of this, we can't forget to educate our students and young designers early on about the pressures of our profession.

This can be a difficult job for anyone who isn't mentally prepared. We need to actively teach junior design staff how to find ways to relieve work-related stress before it becomes an issue. If we are principals of design studios, regardless of the size of our staff, we need to make sure we incorporate a culture that encourages wellness and good mental health.

If we are serious about limiting the number of individuals who leave the profession every year due to stress-caused health issues, we need to be proactive by encouraging our colleagues to seek help and support them as they work toward a more healthy routine.

The design business is tough and not for the faint of heart, and even machines wear out eventually if pushed too hard. We are not machines, and no matter what anyone says, those of us who work in design know that this is a people profession, a human profession.

Let's make sure we are taking care of the most valuable part of it: the wonderfully creative human designer — you. Here is to a stress-less end of year!

About the Author
Susan Mulholland

Susan Mulholland studied interior design at Northern Arizona University and is an NCIDQ certificate holder. She has more than 25 years of interior design experience in commercial and residential design. Her design philosophy includes sustainable design practices for all types of projects. Her experience in the industry includes working in healthcare, senior living, hospitality and corporate design. Her design studio Mulholland Art & Design Commercial Interiors is located in Tucson, Arizona, where she has been helping her clients create purposeful interiors for the past 17 years.

Article taken from:  MultiBrief Website
 Appellation Etiquette

What's in a name?  More importantly, how do we define our names' as they relate to the profession of Interior Design, and as active members of ASID?

In the case of ASID membership, we use an appellation after our name to not only qualify our work and integrity as design professionals, but to also describe our unique designations (i.e., Student, Emerging Professional, Licensed Designer, Non-Licensed Designer, etc...).

For example, a Designer who is actively practicing Interior Design, and is a member in good standing with ASID, but who has not taken the NCIDQ exam, or, is an emerging professional who plans on taking the exam when qualified, will use the "Allied ASID" appellation after their name (i.e., Jane Doe, Allied ASID).  

In the alternative, an ASID member who has taken, and passed the NCIDQ exam, and is in good standing with the organization, will use the "ASID" appellation after their name (i.e., Jane Doe, ASID).

There is also an "Associate ASID" appellation which is tailored toward a practicing Interior Designer and member of ASID, who have demonstrated 6+ years of full-time Interior Design work, and who have earned at least an Associate's Degree in a field other than Interior Design. 

In addition, there are also specific appellation usages for EducatorsIndustry Partners, Fellows, and Students.

Check out the cheat sheet below from ASID's web page for further guidance on proper use of the ASID Appellation.

Winter is approaching and there are many people in our community who need a nice warm coat.  Between November 1st and December 9th we will be collecting new or gently used coats at the locations below. 

Final donations can be made at our Holiday Social on December 9th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Builders Source in Albuquerque.

Even one coat makes a big difference!

Upcoming Industry Events

NKBA Event - KBIS Recap  - February 1, 2017

CEU at Stonewood Flooring - March 9, 2017

Check theASID New Mexico Chapter website for more information on local industry events!

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