Contract magazine is the leading publication for commercial interior design and architecture, connecting professionals and covering projects, products, and practice issues that set the standards in the industry. Contract elevates the relevance and value of commercial design by focusing on the power of designers to transform business and institutional environments.
Established in 1960, Contract publishes features on outstanding workplace, retail, educational, hospitality, healthcare, civic, and performing arts environments; coverage of commercial interior products and product development trends; as well as in-depth stories on emerging business and technical trends impacting design. Industry news, profiles of leading designers, and coverage of major industry events are also key elements of our content tailored for design professionals.
Focused on commercial interior architecture and design, the Contract audience is interior designers, architects, and related industry professionals who collaborate on the design of contemporary workplace, healthcare, hospitality, education, retail, cultural, and government projects. The audience includes members of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), American Institute of Architects (AIA), and international designers as well.
Contract: The Authority on Commercial Design
Competitions and Awards
Contract presents the Interiors Awards, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious awards for the design of commercial interiors and annually honors a Designer of the Year and Design Legend. It also presents the Healthcare Environment Awards and Nightingale Awards in conjunction with The Center for Health Design, the Inspirations Awards in conjunction with Tandus Centiva, and the Best of NeoCon Awards for the products at NeoCon.
To Submit Projects
Contract seeks exemplary commercial interiors (workplace, hospitality, education, healthcare, retail, and civic), in any location and any scale, completed in the past year. View the Editorial Calendar to see the project types that the magazine will focus on in forthcoming months, but know that editors review projects on an ongoing basis throughout the year. A project should not be previously published in—or committed to be published in—any other U.S.-based professional/trade architecture or interior design magazine. To send a project for consideration, transmit a PDF contact sheet showing all images of a given project and a brief project description to Editor in Chief John Czarnecki at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be contacted if hi-resolution images are desired.
To Submit Products for Editorial Consideration
Contract publishes newly released products that designers would specify in commercial interiors (workplace, hospitality, education, healthcare, retail, and civic). To send a product for consideration, send images and a brief description to email@example.com.
Publisher John Rouse
John Rouse, Hon. IIDA, is a design publishing veteran of 30 years and has responsibility for all day-to-day business operations for Contract magazine. He began his career at Interiors magazine and became its publisher in 1994. After a series of mergers, John joined Contract as publisher in 2001. In the past 10 years, Contract has won nine national design and editorial awards for its print and digital products. Contract is the only magazine dedicated exclusively to commercial design and 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. In 2012, Rouse and Editor in Chief John Czarnecki, Hon. IIDA, were named to the inaugural Public Interest Design 100, along with many notables including President Bill Clinton. John was honored with the Inaugural Legacy Award from the International Interior Design Association in June 2014 for his "many outstanding contributions to the growth and development of the interior design profession". On May 20, 2015, The New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) bestowed an Honorary Doctorate degree on Contract Publisher John Rouse, Hon. IIDA, at its spring commencement.
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 magazine in print and online as well as its awards programs. From 2003 to 2011, he was senior acquisitions editor of architecture and design books at the publisher John Wiley & Sons, where he signed authors and edited books for architects, interior designers, urban planners, and preservation and construction professionals. He also oversaw Wiley’s professional publishing partnerships with AIA, ASID, and ICC. 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 wrote and edited the magazine’s coverage of the 9/11 disaster for the October 2001 issue. 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). 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 served as the national chairman of the 2014 AIA National Convention held in Chicago.
Managing Editor Murrye Bernard
Murrye Bernard, 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 a licensed architect in the state of New York and is now based in Los Angeles.
Associate Editor Hayley Arsenault
Hayley Arsenault is the associate editor of Contract Magazine. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Design Studies from Parsons School of Design, where her research focused on issues of sustainability in the built environment. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Hunter College and has written about architecture and design for a variety of print and online publications.
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.
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. 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.
Sheri Olson, FAIA, based in Seattle, is a registered architect with more than 25 years of experience and has her own architectural practice. She holds a Masters of Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona.
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 U.S.
Celia Ying, based in Hong Kong, is a writer who has also served as editor on a number of book projects.
Contract Editorial Advisory Board
Roy Abernathy, AIA, Allied ASID, Savills-Studley
Lance Amato, IIDA, Vocon
Mary Bledsoe, IIDA, Gensler
Michael Bonomo, IIDA, M Moser Associates
Bill Bouchey, IIDA, HOK
Gabrielle Bullock, FAIA, IIDA, Perkins+Will
Bob Chodos, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Annie Chu, FAIA, IIDA, Chu+Gooding Architects
Anne Cunningham, Assoc. AIA, IIDA, NBBJ
Ray Ehscheid, Affiliate IIDA, Bank of America
Peter Ferzan, Turner Townsend Ferzan Robbins LLC
Mark Gardner, AIA, Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects
Anne-Marie Gianoudis, IIDA, TurnerBatson Architects
Dina Griffin, AIA, IIDA, Interactive Design Architects (IDEA)
Suzen Heeley, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Holley Henderson, H2 Ecodesign
Scott Hierlinger, IIDA, NELSON
Andre Kikoski, AIA, Andre Kikoski Architect
Saliba Kokaly, Swedish Covenant Hospital
Todd-Avery Lenahan, TAL Studio
Elizabeth Lowrey, Elkus Manfredi Architects
Carlos Madrid III, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Irwin Miller, Assoc. AIA, Gensler
Krista Ninivaggi, Allied ASID, k + co
Primo Orpilla, IIDA, Studio O+A
Jeannette Peruchini, IIDA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Melissa Price, Quicken Loans
Barry Richards, Rockwell Group
Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA, Rottet Studio
Denise Rush, ASID, Boston Architectural College
Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, MSR
Alex Shapleigh, Callison
Joey Shimoda, FAIA, FIIDA, Shimoda Design Group
Felice Silverman, FIIDA, Silverman Trykowski Associates
Jocelyn Stroupe, IIDA, ASID, CannonDesign
Jennifer Wagner, IIDA, HKS
Sascha Wagner, IIDA, Huntsman Architectural Group
Kendall Wilson, FAIA, FIIDA, Perkins+Will