Leslie Shankman-Cohn, NCIDQ, RID, ASID, CAPS, CGP is a partner in the firm of Jill Hertz Interior Design, a division of Eclectic Interiors located in Memphis, TN. She specializes in custom designed furniture; space planning; furnishings and finishes specifications; universal design; “Aging in Style”sm; and sustainable design issues.
Ms. Shankman-Cohn is a Registered Interior Designer by the State of Tennessee; NCIDQ (National Council of Interior Design Qualifications) certified; a Professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID); a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS); and a Certified Green Professional (CGP). She is a Past- President of the Tennessee Chapter of ASID, and the 2014 President of the Tennessee Interior Design Coalition (TIDC). Besides being on the boards of two local non-profit environmental groups, she has served on the ASID’s national committee on “Aging in Place”. The governor of Tennessee appointed Ms. Shankman-Cohn in 2008 as the Interior Design representative on the Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners for the State of Tennessee (A&E), where she served until the end of July 2012. In addition, she was the Tennessee Delegate to the NCIDQ National Board and sat on one of their national task forces. She recently served in an advisory capacity to the Plough Foundation, helping to implement a pilot program focused on Aging in Place for the City of Memphis. Additionally, Leslie a member of the Board of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis. She holds the position of the Vice Chair of the newly formed ASID Advocate By Design (AxD) Council which advocates and educates regarding the effects of constructed environments on life, health, safety, and welfare of all members of the general public. Additionally, as a member of the International Codes Council (ICC) she is involved in all manners of accessibility issues and the codes that affect them.
Leslie’s work has received two Gold Awards and one Best of Show in the 2018 ASID Tennessee Chapter design competition and the 2019 First Place Award – Contemporary Bathroom in the national Showplace Cabinetry design competition. She was the recipient of the 2006 Kenneth C Kimbrough Award of Excellence by the Tennessee Chapter of ASID, and the chapter’s 2005 Designer of the Year. Among her many other awards, she is most proud of The National Homebuilder’s Association 2008 National “Homes for Life” design award for a kitchen she designed utilizing Universal Design and Sustainable Design components.
In addition to presenting continuing education programs to other professionals, writing articles for different publications, and giving lectures to various groups throughout the nation, Leslie has been interviewed on TV, radio, in local and national newspapers, magazines, and on the web. Her work has been featured in the books, Spectacular Homes of Tennessee, Gracious Living, and Independent for Life.