Interior Design Faculty Members Honored With Annual ASID Awards

David Koellein and Susan Besser

David Koellein and Susan Besser

Two O’More faculty members were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments during this year’s Tennessee American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Design Awards.

Interior Design Department Chair David Koellein was honored with the 2012 Design Educator of the Year award for his “dedication to providing knowledge and education to assist in the success of our profession.” Koellein has led the College’s ID department since 2009. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science and urban studies from Lipscomb University, and a master’s degree in urban planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Interior design instructor and O’More alumna Susan Besser was awarded the Nashville region’s 2012 Practitioner of the Year for her service to the organization and commitment to historic preservation projects. She is the Tennessee ASID Nashville District Director and the principal designer at Franklin Preservation Associates. She has taught at the College for nearly 10 years.

The annual ASID Design Awards represent the highest level of excellence in the interior design community, and honors those who have made significant contributions toward the advancement of the profession and exemplify a commitment to enhancing quality of life. ASID is the oldest and largest professional organization for interior designers, and includes more than 700 Tennessee members in five state districts.