July 20, 2015

ASID Honors Sonya Dufner with Design of Distinction Award

The Designer of Distinction Award is premier recognition for personal achievement in the field of interior design.
NEW YORK —  Sonya Dufner, a principal and director of workplace strategy at Gensler, has been honored with this year’s Designer of Distinction Award from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). ASID awarded Dufner on Saturday night during its annual Awards Gala at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. 
The Designer of Distinction Award recognizes an ASID professional member who exemplifies a commitment to the profession as demonstrated by a high-quality body of work representing excellence in interior design. The award celebrates the designer’s attention to social concerns within the profession along with his or her creative, innovative concepts that have advanced the profession and helped transform lives. 
“ASID is thrilled to recognize Sonya Dufner as our 2015 Designer of Distinction,” said ASID CEO Randy Fiser. “Through her groundbreaking work to design spaces that promote productivity and focus on health and well-being, Sonya is dedicated to using her talent to not only transform environments but also impact lives. She sets the bar high for the profession, and her work with design students and charitable organizations are just a few examples of how she is inspiring the next generation of great interior designers.”
Over the past 24 years, Dufner has been enamored with the transformation occurring in business and technology and its influence on interior design. Whether working with a Fortune 500 client or with one of her philanthropic interests, Dufner is focused on helping people build better communities that promote productivity, keep employees happier and healthier, and demonstrate how good design is good business.[1]
“I’m honored to be added to the amazing group of recipients of ASID’s Designer of Distinction award,” said Dufner. “ASID has laid the groundwork through education, advocacy and community building within the industry, and I’m proud to have played a part in this important organization’s history.” 
Dufner has produced an impressive body of work demonstrating the measurable effects of design on productivity, efficiency and innovation. Her notable projects include work with the United Nations, JP Morgan Chase, Thomson Reuters, Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, MetLife and L’Oreal USA.
Katie Dabbs
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