Fernando Arias

Director, Strategic Initiatives at American Society of Interior Designers
American Society of Interior Designers


Fernando Arias is a former architect and military technician who became passionate about sustainability early in his career. At ASID, he directs strategic program design and project management for initiatives that drive industry coalitions around age-friendly buildings, and health + wellness engagement, including the ASID Protocols for Health and Wellness in Design, a practitioner development program launched at the Clinton Global Initiative in June of 2014. Prior to joining ASID, Fernando managed strategic relationships at the Clinton Global Initiative, served in both the United States Navy and the Army, practiced architecture for 7 years in New York City and Los Angeles, consulted for Accenture’s Resources Group, and worked for the New York City Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning & Sustainability. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and holds two Masters Degrees from Columbia University in Architecture & Urban Design and in Public Administration focused on Environmental Science and Policy.