Contract magazine and ContractDesign.com are at the hub of commercial interior design and architecture, connecting professionals and covering processes, products, projects and practice issues that set the standards in the industry. Contract elevates the relevance and value of commercial design by focusing on its power to transform business and institutional environments. Contract delivers the content and context in print, online, and face-to-face that design professionals need to create intelligent and inspired design solutions in the real world.
Contract magazine addresses the key design, business, and technology issues currently shaping the practice of commercial and institutional interior design by the nation's architects, interior designers, and allied professionals. Our features include coverage of recently completed corporate, retail, educational, hospitality, health care, entertainment, government, institutional, and performing arts environments; reviews of commercial interiors products; and product development trends; as well as reports on emerging business and technical trends affecting design. Industry news and views, personality profiles, and coverage of major industry events and activities are also part of our content mix. We also publish projects of the nation's most talented practicing interior designers and architects--both the emerging and the well-established.
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John Rouse is a design publishing veteran of 26 years and has total responsibility for all day-to-day business operations for Contract magazine. John began in sales with Interiors magazine, becoming publisher in 1994. After a series of mergers, John joined Contract as publisher in 2001. In the past 10 years, Contract has won eight national design and editorial awards for its print and digital products. Contract, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010, is the only publication in the industry dedicated exclusively to commercial design and it is the producer of the industry’s two most prestigious design awards: The Interiors Awards held each January at Cipriani in New York, and the Best of NeoCon®, presented annually in Chicago.
Editor In Chief: John Czarnecki
John Czarnecki, Assoc. AIA, Hon. IIDA, has been the editor in chief of Contract magazine since May 2011. In this role, he oversees the monthly magazine and its awards programs, including the Interiors Awards and the Best of NeoCon Award. Prior to joining Contract, he was senior acquisitions editor of architecture and design books at the publisher John Wiley & Sons. With Wiley for eight years, John edited and published books written for architects, interior designers, urban planners, and preservation and construction professionals. From 2000 to 2003, John was an associate editor for Architectural Record, then the magazine of the AIA. As editor of Architectural Record’s news section, John directed the magazine’s coverage of the 9/11 disaster for the October 2001 issue, which was one of three finalists for a Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for best news coverage. His ongoing, thorough coverage of the World Trade Center site initial planning process was an instrumental component for Record winning a 2003 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. John holds Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning degrees from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee (UWM). He was named one of 10 recipients of the 2003 UWM Graduate of the Last Decade Award. Prior to joining Record, he was an urban designer with Urban Strategies, an urban design firm in Toronto, and also practiced architecture with firms in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin. He serves as the chairman of the AIA Convention Advisory Committee for the 2014 AIA National Convention to be held in Chicago, and he is only the second editor to be named an honorary member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).
Managing Editor: Murrye Bernard
Murrye Bernard, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, is the managing editor of Contract magazine. Previously, she was a contributing editor for Contract and wrote for many other architecture and design publications, including Architect, Architectural Record, Architectural Lighting, At Home in Arkansas, Design Bureau, and Eco-Structure. She also served as editor of AssociateNews and Forward, newsletters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Associates Committee, and as contributing editor to e-Oculus, the newsletter of the AIA New York Chapter. Prior to moving to New York City in 2006, Murrye earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arkansas. She has practiced architecture with the architecture firms Polk Stanley Rowland Curzon Porter Architects (now Polk Stanley Wilcox) in Little Rock and TEK Architects in New York City. A LEED Accredited Professional, Murrye is in the process of taking the Architect Registration Exam.
Associate Editor: Cody Calamaio
Cody Calamaio is an associate editor of Contract magazine. She previously worked for This Old House magazine as an editorial assistant and features writer covering home renovation and woodworking. Cody spent several years as a staff writer at The Gazette newspaper in the Washington, D.C. metro area, where she was a multimedia arts and entertainment reporter, videographer, and local news reporter. While at The Gazette, she became a frequent contributor to the local section of The Washington Post, covering regional crime, government, and community affairs. Cody hails from Phoenix, Arizona, and earned a Bachelors of Journalism from the University of Arizona where she led the student newspaper to award-winning news coverage recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Design Director: Satoru Nihei
Jean Nayar, based in New York and Miami Beach, is a journalist and author who writes frequently on design and architecture for various trade and consumer publications and web sites. She has written 10 books, including Green Living By Design and Detailing Light. She is also a licensed real estate broker with Sotheby's International Realty and divides her time between New York and Miami Beach.
Caroline Tiger, based in Philadelphia, is a writer, editor, curator, and content strategist for whom the common denominator is design. She writes about it from all angles for Metropolis, Dwell, and the New York Times T: Design magazine. Her book credits include a biography of Isamu Noguchi for young adults and City Walks: Philadelphia (Chronicle Books). Tiger serves on the board of Collab, the modern design group affiliated with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For DesignPhiladelphia 2012, she co-curated “Four Corners: Design from Philly Surrounds,” an exhibition about the region’s design character. Follow her on Twitter at @carolinetiger.
Michael Webb, based in Los Angeles, writes on modern architecture, design, and travel. He is the author of 26 books, most recently Modernist Paradise: Niemeyer House, Boyd Collection (Rizzoli) and Venice CA: Art +Architecture in a Maverick Community (Abrams), in addition to many introductory essays, and regular contributions to European architectural magazines. He grew up in London, where he worked at The Times and Country Life, before moving to the US to become programming director of the American Film Institute. Michael resumed his writing career in 1982, and now lives in Los Angeles in a classic Richard Neutra apartment that was home to Charles and Ray Eames in the 1940s.
Lydia Lee, based in the San Francisco Bay area, is an architecture and design writer. A former editor at publications including The Architect’s Newspaper, California Home+Design and Remodelista, she is a frequent contributor to the design trade press. Celia Ying, based in Hong Kong, is a writer who has also served as editor on a number of book projects. She studied translation at the Chinese University in Hong Kong and interior design at Hong Kong University School of Porfessional and Continuing Education.