AUID provides a network and resource related to interior design work at institutions of higher education.
At the Association of University Interior Designers, our mission is to support and connect campus designers while advancing the practice of interior design in higher education. We aim to inspire, inform, and invest in our members by providing a collective network, shared resources and opportunities for professional advancement.
It is the mission of AUID to:
- Inspire: promote the engagement of its members through sharing of information and resources; discussion of issues and solutions to design challenges; and a network for management of interior design at higher education institutions.
- Inform: increase and foster the education of its members and future interior designers.
- Invest: Support the empowerment of Interior Design professionals; especially the public health, safety, and welfare at the institutions our members represent.
The inception of AUID occurred simultaneously in different locations. In 1976, JoAnna Henegar, a Designer at Indiana University, aimed to connect with in-house designers beyond universities, while Zetta Anderson, also at Indiana University, reached out to designers at other Big 10 Conference Universities. They enlisted manufacturer’s representatives to spread the word.
JoAnna and Zetta met Joy Adcock from Michigan State University and Virginia Denham from the University of Michigan, who shared the desire for networking among in-house design professionals and excluding trade individuals. AUID was officially established during a meeting at Neocon 11 in Chicago, with JoAnna Henegar, Zetta Anderson, Joy Adcock, Virginia Denham, Kent Brigham, and Lola VanWyck in attendance. The organization held three meetings annually, hosted by member institutions, with the University of Kentucky hosting the first conference in 1979, featuring tours and speakers, and gifting AUID a black walnut gavel.