Celebrating Design Texas: Education, Expo & Awards Brought Together 400+

Wednesday, August 2 through Friday, August 4, 2023 over 400 design professionals, students, and industry members from across the state and beyond gathered in Dallas at our ASID Texas Chapter Conference, Celebrating Design Texas: Education, Expo & Awards (CDT). Attendees came together to learn, source, socialize, and recognize the design achievements and volunteer spirit of the talented members of our beloved interior design industry.

Though much of this year’s event, which was only CDT’s third, again took place on the campus of 2023 Chapter Diamond Sponsor Dallas Market Center (DMC), the volunteer organizers changed things up a bit. We still offered…

  • 14 hours of IDCEC-approved HSW CEUs on a variety of timely subjects
  • A vendor showcase featuring new residential and commercial offerings
  • An interactive networking Happy Hour
  • DMC Campus Tours for Students and Emerging Professionals
  • An Expo Bingo game to help connect designers and vendors [Congratulations to interior designer Juana Rodriguez of Studio B Design Group in Fort Worth, a graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, who won a $100 Visa gift card!]

However, we also made the following changes and additions:

  • The Expo & Education portions of the conference moved from the DMC Trade Mart to the 10th Floor of the DMC World Trade Center, providing a more open and flexible environment with access to daylight from the building’s atrium.
  • Our 34 Exhibitors – 20 of whom had never before exhibited at CDT – enjoyed a more formal booth structure with 8’ high white partitions delineating each vendor’s space.
  • We flew in Mark Bonnett, Founder & President of the CorePath Companies, to talk about ASID’s new Retirement Program, as well as offer a CEU on setting business goals to both grow your design firm and support the life you want to live.
  • Anyone was able to take advantage of four different informative 30-minute Pop-Up Talks – which took place in the middle of the Expo floor – focusing on business, marketing, networking and/or creativity.
  • Students engaged in an intimate, conversational session with two experienced interior designers – 2023-2024 ASID Texas President-Elect Adrian Galvan, Allied ASID (San Antonio) and 2022-2024 ASID Texas At-Large Director Jessica Janzen, ASID (Dallas) – to explore different career options in both residential and commercial interiors.
  • Designers, Educators and Students were treated to a delicious complimentary lunch on both full days of the conference in the bountiful showrooms of 2023 Chapter Silver Sponsor Designer’s Patio (Thursday) and Uttermost / Revelation / The Buhmann Group (Friday).
  • After a day of Expo set-up on Wednesday, we kicked off the conference that evening with a fun and refreshing Opening Night Party hosted in the sparkling showroom of Visual Comfort & Co.
  • Not only did 2023 Chapter Silver Sponsor Feizy Rugs treat us to a lively Happy Hour on Thursday evening in their beautiful showroom and gave away several generous gift cards, but they also provided nine large rugs to accentuate and enhance different areas of our Expo floor.
  • Finally, we held our festive Friday evening Awards Gala in the historic Crozier Hall in downtown Dallas, a newly available event venue. The vibe was a little more formal than the past two year, but the funky, industrial scene led itself to lots of revelry.

At the Awards Gala we…

A HUGE THANK YOU to the following companies and people who supported this year's successful conference:






Many thanks to the CDT23 Committee for taking the time out of their busy schedules to volunteer to organize this energizing event for our members: Co-Chairs Lisa Barron, ASID & Laura McDonald Stewart, FASID; Kenda Draper, ASID; Annette Mallard, ASID.


And thank you again to all of the sponsors, speakers, exhibitors, and volunteers who made this conference possible!

Plan on attending CDT24 July 17-19, and visit the official event website – asidtxcdt.com – to find links to photos from the 2023 event!