Susan Aiello combines design excellence and expertise with social purpose and ecological responsibility. As a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), she is knowledgeable about the products and procedures that improve the indoor environment and conserve natural resources. She was the first interior designer to serve as a juror for the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, which challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered homes that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.
Susan helps to advance the adoption of sustainable design practices through lectures at national and local venues, through her blog, Green Interior Design Solutions, and through contributing articles to academic publications. Articles include "Strategic Planning for Healthier Indoor Environments" for Sustainability: The Journal of Record and "Addressing Financial Objections to Sustainable Design and Construction" for the Journal of Green Building. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce's Green Initiative and co-chairs its Green Design and Construction committee.
Susan is certified to practice interior design by the State of New York and the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). She is a former president of the New York Metropolitan Chapter of ASID. During her term as chapter president, operating costs were reduced by 2/3 and member benefits were significantly increased.
Susan is known for interiors that perfectly reflect the missions and core values of her not-for-profit clients, the brands of her professional and commercial clients and the lifestyles and personalities of her residential clients. She has developed a system called "Branding Through Interior Design" and used it to create specialized interiors for product launches for Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair, Rubenstein Associates and The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. She has used the same system to support her not-for-profit clients' goals of recruitment, acclimantion and retention and to create attractive naming opportunities for donors.
Residential interior design projects often involve renovation, including kitchens and baths, and custom furniture design, as well as decoration. Susan has a particular facility for incorporating modern conveniences into older homes while preserving and enhancing their original character.
Susan has written for national publications, appeared on television and cruise ships and lectured at museums, national conferences for the design & construction industry, professional associations and schools. Television appearances include The Apprentice: Martha Stewart and Our House. A partial list of lectures that she has given and panel discussions in which she has participated includes: