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Wednesday, June 19, 2013


San Diegan Robert Wright, FASID, is named Designer of Distinction by his national ASID peers
PEER RECOGNITION--Top Designer and long-time San Diegan, Robert Wright to be Honored with Prestigious “Designer of Distinction Award” at American Society of Interior Designers’ National Conference

Robert Wright, FASID, president of Bast/Wright Interiors, Inc. of San Diego, will receive one of the highest honors in the interior design profession this Friday ( June 21), when he is honored as the 2013 Designer of Distinction at the ASID National Conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

The honor, given to one designer annually since 1990, recognizes an ASID professional member who has created an extraordinary body of work, exhibited a solid commitment to social concerns, and significantly advanced the profession.

Wright, who has served as the national president of ASID and as president of the San Diego chapter of ASID, is the first designer from San Diego County to receive the award.  He was honored as an ASID fellow in 2004.
“Robert has been an inspiration to the entire design community and this award is richly deserved,” said Robin Carrier, ASID, president of the San Diego chapter of ASID.  “Robert is a brilliant designer who generously shares his creative vision and passion for design with clients, students, and the less fortunate. His work demonstrates the power of design to change lives.”

Wright has been a professional interior designer for more than 30 years, first in Texas and, since 1986, in San Diego.  In 1991 he formed Bast/Wright Interiors with Jan Bast, FASID, a noted interior designer and design educator. The seven-member firm, which specializes in high-end residential interiors, has won numerous major design awards.

In 2010, he was named one of the “Stars of San Diego,” by San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine in its salute to legends in art, design and craftsmanship. 

In addition to his interior design practice, he has been involved in interior design education for 20 years, primarily as a part-time professor at San Diego State University.  Committed to the advancement of education in interior design, Wright served two terms as chairman of the national Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). For years he was active with the San Diego chapter of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and on the board of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation. 

He believes thoughtful design can even influence our four-legged companions and was influential in bringing about a remodel of the San Diego Humane Society’s kennels.  That service project by the San Diego chapter of ASID, called “Dog Digs and Cat Cribs,” gained national and international attention.

Wright is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos with a bachelor’s degree in interior design.


The San Diego chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers has more than 450 professional and allied members and is part of the largest organization of professional interior designers in the world.  Professional membership is earned through accredited schooling, postgraduate testing and qualifying experience.  ASID helps protect consumers by encouraging members to keep abreast of evolving technologies, regulations and safety issues.  For information on ASID and chapter events, visit the chapter’s website

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