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“ASID Interiors for Habitat” project

March 6, 2010

     The ASID Habitat for Humanity volunteer design project has begun with MANY Art Center students participating. There are four teams of interior designers, design students and industry partners from ASID’s Arizona South Chapter designing four homes for the project. The first meeting was held on-site, Saturday, February 6. 

     One of the interior design captains is TACDC Alum, Pamela Portwood, Allied Member ASID, LEED AP. She is the Interior Design Principal for Greener Lives, LLC. I had met Pamela during the long walk from the Gala ballroom to the valet, and I jumped at the chance to ask for a guest blog interview with her because of her dedication to sustainable design. In the meantime, if you would like to know more about her design philosophy, check her out at

     Her team consists of TACDC students Melanie Guevarra, Sherrelle Brown and Claudia Siemens. They are especially excited because they are working on the annual “Women Build” house, which has an all-women construction crew. According to Pamela, all of Habitat’s homes now include many green features. In addition to the standard “Green Initiative” features, this year’s Women Build house will also have solar panels and a solar hot-water heater, and a graywater system for the washer.

     ASID is doing the interior design for all four houses largely with donated items. Pamela has stressed that they REALLY need donations of furniture and furnishings. In the future, there will be a website to facilitate donations, but in the meantime, if you are interested in helping, you are urged to contact Pamela. Also, any donations you may want for this project in particular should be labeled “ASID.”

     This is a completely volunteer effort on the part of ASID’s Arizona South Chapter. Pamela adds, “As ASID members, we are all excited about using our design skills to help fulfill Habitat’s mission to end poverty housing by building safe, decent and affordable homes.”

     You can get a great deal of information on Habitat and these homes being built in the Corazon del Pueblo neighborhood on their website at There is great information about Habitat’s mission, the Women Build home and all the homes’ green features on their link: About Habitat Homes/Women Build and Green Initiative.

     TACDC blog will follow their progress through the duration of the project with updates and pictures so you can see how much time and effort they are putting into volunteering for such an important cause.

Design Diction of the Day:  Galvanized steel~ Steel with a zinc coating to prevent corrosion and is less durable than stainless steel.  The zinc coating makes it unsuitable for surfaces used for food preparation, but is spectacular for cabinetry facings.

– Jules, ID/LA

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