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Tama Duffy Day, BS '80, interior design, receives the NDSU Alumni Achievement Award
Duffy Day, MFA, FIIDA, FASID, has enjoyed an exceptional career in the interior design industry. She is currently a principal and a Firmwide Health and Wellness Practice Area leader at Gensler, recognized as the world's leading collaborative design firm. She is based in Chicago. Tama is an emeritus member of the College of Human Development and Education’s Board of Visitors.
In 2014, she received the highest level of excellence presented by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) – the Designer of Distinction Award. The recognition is given to persons who are considered true leaders in the design profession and who have helped set the standards in a particular area of design. Her specialty is health care and evidence-based design.
Duffy Day is a past board member of ASID, a past trustee of the society's foundation and a past member of the District of Columbia’s Board of Architecture and Interior Design. Additionally, she has the distinction of being elected a fellow of both ASID and the International Interior Design Association.
She has received more than 50 awards and honors, including being named for three consecutive years by Healthcare Design magazine as one of the 20 "Most Influential People in Healthcare Design.” A published author and speaker, she has presented on the positive impact of design on health in Scotland, Ireland, England, China, Taiwan and Pakistan; and has spoken at more than 40 universities across the United States and Canada.
During Duffy Day's impressive career, some of her nationally-recognized clients include the Mayo Clinic, UCLA, Johns Hopkins, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, National Institutes of Health, The World Bank, University of Notre Dame, Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, D.C., and the Arlington Free Clinic in Virginia.
She previously was a vice president at Ellerbe Becket in Minneapolis and a principal at the New York and Washington, D.C., offices of Perkins+Will. She earned a master's degree at Marymount University in fine arts.
The award recipient must have achieved a level of distinction that would merit comparable recognition in his/her profession or area of excellence and their reputation should reflect favorably on North Dakota State University.