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-Elect 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”, and has been involved in “Redesigning for an Aging America “, a local consortium focusing the future of Memphis’ city planning and social services. 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, where she served until the end of July 2012. In addition, she was the Tennessee Delegate to the NCIDQ National Board and sits on one of their national task forces. She is serving in an advisory capacity to the Plough Foundation, helping to implement a pilot program focused on Aging in Place for the City of Memphis.
Leslie is 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, and Gracious Living.