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TLAD Alumna is Named 2020 ASID Fellow

We are delighted to report that Department of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design alumna Rose Mary Botti-Salitsky has been bestowed by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) the title of Fellow for her outstanding service and contributions to the Society, the profession, and the interior design industry. The Society’s highest honor, Fellowship is awarded to ASID members who have made distinguished contributions to their profession, have engaged with the ASID community locally and nationally, and have made a notable impact on the design industry at large.

Rose Mary Botti-Salitsky, Ph.D., ASID, NCIDQ

Program Coordinator and Faculty: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Dr. Rose Mary Botti-Salitsky has worked in the interior design field for more than 30 years as an academic, design professional, author and advocate. She was at the forefront of the effort to recognize interior design as a profession in Massachusetts and across the country advocating that interior designers should be registered alongside their architectural and engineering brethren. Rose Mary served as the president of the Massachusetts Interior Design Coalition (MIDC) from 2005-2010, its Director of Legislative Affairs from 2011-2015, and currently the Director of Government Affairs ASID NE. In 2018, she was one of eight subject matter experts representing the U.S. and Canada who updated the definition of Interior Design for NCIDQ. She is the author of Programming & Research: Skills and Techniques for Interior Design. Rose Mary was a tenured Professor and Department Chair for the Interior Architecture + Design programs at Mount Ida College from 1991 to its closure in 2018. After the college’s abrupt closure, she worked to relocate the students and faculty to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Launching the only CIDA and NASAD accredited public program in New England. Rose Mary has spent her career expanding opportunities to underrepresented individuals by promoting an affordable and accessible education that will contribute to expanding diversity in the design profession.

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