TO THE EDITOR:
Thank you for sending the summer
edition of ICON, which just arrived.
The Letters to the Editor section
brings back memories.
I graduated from the University
of Nebraska in 1950 with a Bachelor
of Fine Arts in interior decoration.
The program was really up to date and
rather ahead of the time. The professors
were graduates of Parsons’ decorator
program and taught professionalism
standards we were to strive for.
I was fortunate to secure a posi-
tion with Joseph Lotto, an interior
architect from Switzerland, who
had practiced in New York City
before coming to Lincoln, Neb. As his
assistant, I received the equivalent of
a European apprenticeship.
In 1959, I was invited to become a
member of the Nebraska-Iowa chapter of AID. This was a great group of
professional decorators with many
educational backgrounds in the
United States but also internationally. Our goals as a chapter were to
improve the recognition of the interior design profession locally. After
serving on many committees and in
o;ces of the chapter, I was elected
by the chapter members to be the
national board AID representative.
During my time on the board, AID
and NSID merged to form ASID. It
was an exciting time and did require
educating the members of both soci-
eties as to the merit of the merger.
Over the years it has proven to really
be the best of all worlds. Shortly after
the merger, NCIDQ was formed, and I
was asked to be one of the first to take
the test. Fortunately, I passed.
Another opportunity was opened
to me shortly after the formation of
FIDER. I was asked to join a team
in the visiting programs of Interior
Design in Higher Institution. The
team, comprising professionals and
educators, provided a wonderful
learning experience and a deepening
of my professional work.
My Nebraska-Iowa chapter put
my name forward to the ASID College
of Fellows, and I was elected as a fellow of ASID at the national meeting in
Washington, D.C. It is indeed an honor
that I never thought I would receive.
ASID has been a fulfilling experience,
and I will always be grateful.
Keep up the work and grow ICON
as an information outreach for ASID.
Andrew Morrow, FASID
TO THE EDITOR:
A wonderful summer issue of ICON!
Regarding the Letters to the Editor
corrections of organization names and
the discussion between “decorator”
or “designer.” The letter writers
are correct, but I remember clearly
the distinguished New York ASID
designer, Inman Cook of Braswell/
Cook, exclaiming his viewpoint. He
said, “I don’t care what I’m called,
providing we’re paid by our clients!”
John S. Elmo, FASID
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