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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Publisher: John Rouse
John Rouse, Hon. IIDA is a design publishing veteran of 28 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 nine 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.
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”.
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 served as the chairman of the AIA Convention Advisory Committee for the 2014 AIA National Convention held in Chicago, and he was 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: Mallory Szczepanski
Mallory Szczepanski is an associate editor of Contract magazine. Previously, she worked for CSP Business Media as a digital production editor. At CSP, she worked directly with both Restaurant Business magazine and FoodService Director magazine, covering a wide range of foodservice topics. Mallory also worked for MyPoints.com as a media editor and social media guru. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mallory earned her Bachelor's degree in magazine journalism from Columbia College Chicago where she was a writer for the student-produced magazine Echo. She also interned for Hanley Wood, writing and editing stories for Concrete Construction magazine and Concrete Construction Products magazine.
Art Director: Cathie Yun
Cathie Yun is the Art Director of Contract magazine. She designs the monthly print magazine, as well as ancillary publications for the brand’s events and awards programs, including the Interiors Awards and Best of NeoCon Awards. With 12 years of experience in publication design, Cathie possesses a solid set of design skills for which she has won honors and awards from The Art Director’s Club, Communication Arts Illustration Annual Editorial: Art Direction, Society of Illustrators, and Society of Publication Designers. Prior to joining Contract, she was a senior designer at Ladies Home Journal and held several other design positions in the publishing industry with Rockport Publishers, Americas Quarterly, and Hachette Filipacchi Custom. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Design and Photography from The Cooper Union.
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.