Interior Design Faculty Member Named to “Ones to Watch” List

Interior Design Faculty Member Named to “Ones to Watch” List

By Kerry McCullough

April 15, 2020

Kendra Ordia

The College of Architecture is pleased to announce Assistant Professor Kendra Ordia was one of eight interior design professionals and the only instructor from higher education named nationally to ASID’s prestigious “2020 Ones to Watch Awards Scholars” list.

According to the ASID, the society’s Ones to Watch program identifies and recognizes rising leaders in the interior design industry who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and a willingness to push the boundaries of the profession. These honorees are poised to take the next step in their careers. This year, twenty applicants were honored as ASID Ones to Watch Award Winners from four unique categories: Design Excellence, Education Leadership, Manufacturing Leadership and Volunteer Leadership.

The society places special emphasis on participants whose backgrounds are currently under-represented in management roles in the interior design industry.

Participants from the Ones to Watch Scholars list are invited to participate in an exciting leadership development training program. The two-year program teaches scholars to lead with authenticity through experiential learning, coaching and mentoring.

“Having Kendra be selected as one of eight ASID “Ones to Watch Scholars” is a great benefit to our program and students,” commented Interior Design Director Lindsey Bahe. “The Interior Design Program faculty knew that we were extremely fortunate to welcome Kendra to our faculty this past year as she has an impressive academic and professional resume that positions her to be a role model to our students and whose research agenda aligns with our scholarly mission to impact the future practice of interior design. The ASID “Ones to Watch Scholars” distinction is further testament to the regard in which national leading peers in the professional industry have for Kendra’s vision, values and contributions to the study and education of the discipline. This distinction, along with many other national recognized earned by our program faculty, gives credence to the caliber of our program and the educational rigor we provide our students.”