New York School of Interior Design honors Mariette Himes Gomez and Charles Jencks at its annual benefit dinner

New York, NY – January 29, 2014 – New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) will honor Mariette Himes Gomez with the Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award and Charles Jencks with the Thomas N. Armstrong III Award in Landscape Design at its annual spring benefit dinner on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 583 Park Avenue, New York City. Alexa Hampton, interior designer and NYSID trustee, and Newell Turner, editor-in-chief of Hearst Design Group, will serve as benefit co-chairs.

“We are thrilled to recognize Mariette Himes Gomez and Charles Jencks for their outstanding careers and considerable accomplishments,” said Patricia M. Sovern, chairman of the NYSID Board of Trustees. “The depth and breadth of their contributions to their fields exemplify NYSID’s guiding principle that successful design significantly improves human spirit, welfare, and well-being.”

Interior designer Mariette Himes Gomez is renowned as a modern classicist whose always fresh understated spaces exemplify elegance and gracious living. Her much celebrated eye for subtle color and architectural detail, together with elegant antiques, fine artwork, and unique objects, provide her spaces with a sleek personal touch. Himes Gomez is also known for the furniture and furnishings she designs as well as for her artwork. Her Upper East Side store – “The Shop” – carries her work as well as period furniture, paintings and books, including her own Rooms: Creating Luxurious, Livable Spaces; Houses: Inside and Out; and Apartments: Defining Style. A NYSID alumna, she honed her skills at the offices of Edward Durrell Stone and Parish Hadley. She has been recognized as one of the AD 100 and by House Beautiful as a “Master of Design” and an Elle Décor “Grand Master.” 

Charles Jencks divides his time between lecturing, writing, and designing in the US, the UK, and Europe. He is the author of the best-selling The Language of Post-Modern Architecture. He has also written numerous books on contemporary arts and building, including What is Post-Modernism? and The Architecture of the Jumping Universe. His celebrated garden in Scotland is the subject of his book The Garden of Cosmic Speculation and in 2004 the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, won the Gulbenkian Prize for Museums for his design, Landform Ueda.  Landform projects have also been completed in Europe, and his current concern is working with Cern on an iconographic and green project. The adhoc sculpture Metaphysical Landscapes was exhibited at Jupiter Artland outside Edinburgh in 2011. He is the author of The Iconic Building, the Power of Enigma, Critical Modernism, and The Architecture of Hope with Edwin Heathcote, on Maggie’s Centres. Charles Jencks will present a lecture at NYSID entitled “Can Architecture Affect Your Health?”on March 6, 2014.

NYSID’s annual benefit dinner will be held at 583 Park Avenue, in New York City, on Monday, March 10, 2014. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 7pm, followed by a dinner and awards ceremony at 8pm.  The dress is cocktail attire.

TICKETS: Individual tickets are available at $750 and $1,500, and tables for 10 at $7,500, $15,000 and $25,000. For further information or to purchase tickets please contact Elizabeth Gray Kogen at 212-472-4197 or You can also purchase tickets online or print a form to reply by mail.


About New York School of Interior Design
Founded in 1916, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is a private, not-for-profit college devoted exclusively to interior design education and related disciplines. NYSID’s guiding principle is that the interior environment is a fundamental element of human welfare, and the college is committed to actively improving, through design, the quality of life for all segments of humanity.  This ideal is put into practice by a dedicated faculty of well-known designers, architects, art historians, and authorities in the field who guide a diverse student body of more than 700 full- and part-time students. 

NYSID offers certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs in the field of interior design, design history and theory, sustainable design, interior lighting design and healthcare interior design. The College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD); is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; and NYSID’s BFA is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

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