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A Steward of History

Mark Wagner, the project architect for the National September 11 Memorial Museum, spent months on site at Ground Zero, saving more than 1,000 artifacts.

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2014 Legend: Trisha Wilson

2014 Legend: Trisha Wilson

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2014 Designer of the Year: Krista Ninivaggi

2014 Designer of the Year: Krista Ninivaggi

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David Adjaye discusses The Washington Collection he designed for Knoll

Adjaye is known for his architecture of poetic forms.

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Michael Graves, 2013 Legend

In recognition of a lifetime of achievement, Contract names this architect and designer as the 2013 Legend

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2013 Designer of the Year

Joey Shimoda is named Contract Magazine's Designer of the Year

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Blacksheep's Jo Samson and Tim Mutton In the Spotlight

Founding designers of hot new British firm explain how they reach client-specific design solutions

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Designer Perspectives: A Q&A with Randy Fiser, ASID EVP/CEO

Randy Fiser began as the new executive vice president and chief executive officer in February, succeeding Michael Alin who served in the role for more than 20 years

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Designer Perspectives: A Q&A with Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks

The 2012 Designers of the Year Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks founded MASS Design Group to engage in deeply meaningful projects with organizations and partners also committed to the same ideals.

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A New Generation Raises the bar for Public Interest Design

John Cary, the co-recipient of the 2009 Designer of the Year Award from Contract, describes the impact that 2012 Designer of the Year MASS Design Group has in the larger context of public interest design.

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2012 Designer of the Year

MASS Design Group is named Contract Magazine's Designer of the Year

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Carl Magnusson, 2012 Legend

In recognition of a lifetime of achievement, Contract recognizes this product design impresario as the 2012 Legend.

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Designer Perspectives: Johnson Chou, Johnson Chou, Inc.

Johnson Chou, founder of Johnson Chou, Inc., in Toronto, Canada

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Perspectives: David Watkins, WHR Architects

David Watkins, FAIA, Chairman and Founding Principal of WHR Architects, Houston

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Designer Perspectives: A Q&A with Steven M. Davis, Designer of the National September 11 Memorial Museum

Contract Editor in Chief John Czarnecki toured the National September 11 Memorial Museum construction site in August, and asked Davis about the design of the museum, which is scheduled to open September 11, 2012

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Designer Perspectives: A Q&A with Timothy Bass, Bass Studio Architects

Bass Studio Architects's founder discusses how wanting to be a mechanic led him to architecture, his love of Peruvian food, and how less is ultimately more when it comes to materials

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The Link Between Social Responsibility and Sustainable Design: A Q&A with Perkins+Will’s Eileen Jones

The Perkins+Will Branded Environments principal and national discipline leader shares how designers can adopt a holistic view of sustainability to create lasting impact

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Beyond Delivering Aesthetics: Interview with Hospitality Designer Tony Chi

The founder and principal of tonychi and associates speaks at the Hospitality Design Boutique show on the evolving market and challenges designers to create experiences

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Web-Exclusive Interview: Thinc Design Principal Tom Hennes, Designer of the Exhibits at the National September 11 Memorial Museum

Contract magazine speaks with the lead exhibition designer about creating this highly emotional and symbolic space

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Designer Perspectives: Making the Switch to a Design Career

Former Wall Street businessman Jonathan Partridge took the bull by the horns to follow his passion for design and establish his own firm

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Designer Perspectives: Q&A with Interior Designer Nicole Hollis

Nicole Hollis, designer of the Ruti boutique, has developed a portfolio of beautiful commercial, restaurant, retail, and residential interiors since beginning her eponymous firm in San Francisco less than a decade ago.

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Designer Perspectives: Strategies to Manage Global Design Teams

Joan Blumenfeld, interior design leader for Perkins+Will’s New York office, speaks about the challenges in coordinating design teams on an international level

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Designer Perspectives: Todd Bracher, Todd Bracher Studio

The Brooklyn, New York-based designer, responsible for the newly introduced The Music Project from Shaw Contract Group and the Nest Chairs and Satellite Table from HBF, shares his views on design

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Designer Perspectives: Q&A with Lauren Rottet, FAIA, IIDA

The founding principal of Rottet Studio is the first woman to be inducted into both the IIDA College of Fellows and the AIA College of Fellows

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Designer Perspectives: Julie Eizenberg, AIA, Principal, Koning Eizenberg Architecture

The Santa Monica, Calif.-based designer shares some of her career inspirations and A&D experiences

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Designer Perspectives: David Fox, Founder of David Fox Design

It’s not everyday that a once teenage graffiti artist grows into an up-and-coming, award-winning designer with a collection debuting at NeoCon®

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Designer Perspectives: Juliette Lam and Tom Polucci, HOK, New York

The HOK, New York interiors practice leaders took a few moments with Contract to divulge their goals for the firm, their history of success, and some inspirational words

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Perspectives: Alexandra Champalimaud

Alexandra Champalimaud, President & Principal Designer, Champalimaud Design, New York

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Designer Perspectives: Werner Aisslinger

The Berlin-based furniture designer shares on his new mobile energy storage unit design, launched at the 2011 Salone Internazionale del Mobile

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Designer Perspectives: Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier

Q&A with Paris-based firm Gilles & Boissier founders who are making a name for themselves with their inspiring and bold restaurant interior designs

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Designer Perspectives: Denny Gerdeman, Chute Gerdeman Retail

The principal and co-founder is honored with the prestigious Markopoulos Award from DDI magazine

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Perspectives: Steve Dumez, Design Director Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

Steve Dumez, FAIA, Design Director at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in New Orleans

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Designer Perspectives: Q&A with Susan Doban and Jason Gorsline of Doban Architecture and Think Fabricate

Q&A with Susan G. Doban, AIA, CEO of Doban Architecture and multidisciplinary design studio Think Fabricate, and Jason Gorsline, design director and partner of Think Fabricate

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Designer Perspectives: Michael Alin, Hon. FASID, Executive Director, ASID

The industry veteran shares his experience, industry expertise, and retirement plans

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Designer Perspectives: Toby Barratt, Pamela Goddard, and Nik Rust, Founders of Propellor Design

The edgy threesome behind Vancouver-based Propellor Design share their first memories of design

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Meet the Minds Behind Restaurant Design: Q&A with Riscala Agnese Design Group

Riscala Agnese Design Group principals Fadi Riscala and Michelle Agnese talk about their new Food Network series, the secret to a successful partnership, and advantages of being constantly curious.

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Designers of the Year 2011: studio o+a

Contract names Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexander, principals at studio o+a, 2011 Designers of the Year

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Legend Award Recipient: Vision Quest

Designer, educator, community activist, leader, and lady, Eva Maddox is honored with Contract magazine’s Legend Award

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Designer Perspectives: PAVE's 2010 Student Design Competition Winner Pochu Ho

An interview with the FIT interior design major reveals insight into this young designer’s goals

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Designer Perspectives: Dina A. Griffin, President, Interactive Design, Inc.

The successful minority architect speaks to the importance of mentoring in A&D

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Perspectives: Anurag Nema, nemaworkshop

Anurag Nema nemaworkshop, founder New York

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Designer Perspectives: Alan Chimacoff, Principal, ikon.5 architects

A Q&A with the accomplished architect, A&D educator, and photographer reveals the inspiration behind the “abstract.hyphen.realities” exhibition on display at the FXFOWLE Gallery in New York City.

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Designer Perspectives: Lisa Pope-Westerman, Gensler, Houston

In between working on projects still too confidential to talk about, the Gensler design director sounds off on hospitality as a way of life, a supportive mother, and the importance of staying true to yourself.

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Designer Perspectives: Brian Milburn, Milburn Group

Milburn Group founder Brian Milburn shares his passion for design in a Q&A with Contact magazine.

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Design Perspectives: Vincent Grégoire of NellyRodi

As the Lifestyle Department director of NelliRodi, Vincent Grégoire holds a definitive view of design—that design should aim to improve everything.

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Designer Perspectives: Gyo Obata, HOK

The founding partner of HOK divulges on his new book, “Gyo Obata: Architect| Clients| Reflections” and shares his perspective on design.

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Perspectives: Scott Wilson, MINIMAL

Scott Wilson, MINIMAL, Founder + Principal, Chicago and Portland

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Designer Perspectives: Gordon Chong, W. Mike Martins, and Robert Brandt

The authors of “Design Informed: Driving Innovation with Evidence-Based Design” open up on the influences and challenges behind their new book title.

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Designer Perspectives: Q&A with John Cary, CEO of Next American City

Contract speaks with John Cary, president & CEO of Next American City and co-recipient of our 2009 Designer of the Year Award, about his experience as editor of "The Power of Pro Bono"

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Designer Perspecticves: Richard McCormack

Richard McCormack, Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Richard McCormack Design, talks about his newest projects, the industry, what works, and what's next.

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Designer Perspectives: Gianfranco Zaccai

The designer of Herman Miller Healthcare’s Compass™ System shares his inspirations behind the project.

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Designer Perspectives: Chia-Hui Wang, 2010 AAHID/Nurture Graduate Research Fellowship Winner

Although Wang is still pursuing her doctorate in design, she’s making quite a stir in healthcare design research.

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Perspectives: Lionel Ohayon, ICRAVE

Lionel Ohayon, ICRAVE, founder, New York

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Designer Perspectives: Peter Bohlin, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

The “Nature of Circumstance” author and founding principal of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson discusses his book, career, and design beliefs.

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Designer Perspectives: William Pedersen, Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects

A Q&A with the winner of the CTBUH 2010 Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award. Here, Pedersen shares his insights on the recent recognition, his career, and the importance of tall building architecture on communities.

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Designer Perspectives: Kasper Salto, Furniture Designer for Fritz Hansen

The creative mind behind Fritz Hansen's successful NAP™ series gets up close and personal with Contract magazine.

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Designer Perspectives: John Rinek, RINEKWALL Wallcoverings for Designtex

This young designer, who holds a passion for travel and photography, clearly brings a unique artistic eye to the interior design field.

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Designer Perspectives: Q&A with Patrick de Louwere and Bart Eijking, Studio Lawrence

40 Under 40 Award winners Patrick de Louwere and Bart Eijking may be still in the green of their design career, but these up and coming designers have become quite the dynamic Dutch duo.

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Designer Perspectives: Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, Solid Objectives

The 2010 Young Architects Award winners share their thoughts on their work, inspiration, and success.

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Designer Perspectives: Stephan Jaklitsch, AIA

The principal of Stephan Jaklitsch Architects, New York, shares some insight into his successful career and future plans.

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Designer Perspectives: Up Close with Architect Curtis Fentress

The Thomas Jefferson Award recipient shares his thoughts on design and public architecture.

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Designer Perspectives: Catching Up with Lawrence Scarpa, Pugh+Scarpa Architects

A Q&A with Lawrence Scarpa, principal for Pugh+Scarpa, divulges on winning the 2010 National American Institute Firm Award, the firm’s latest honor.

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Designer Perspectives: A Relationship Guide for Clients and Architects

Architects and "Design through Dialogue: A Guide for Clients and Architects" authors Teresa von Sommaruga Howard and Karen Franck share some of their practical A&D business advice.

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Designer Perspectives: The Relationship Between Light, Color, and Sound

A Q&A with architects and "Light Color Sound" authors Alejandro Bahamón and Ana María Álvarez.

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Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger, co-founders of Antenna Design New York

Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger, co-founders of Antenna Design New York

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Designer Perspectives: Q&A with Karim Rashid

The celebrated designer shares his thoughts on inspiration, his definition of design trends, and tips for up-and-coming designers.

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Designer Perspectives: Future Corporate Design Trends

A Q&A with M Moser design director Bill Bouchey to discuss his goals and design aspirations, as well as the current trends in corporate design.

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Design Q&A: How Will Green Jobs Save the A&D Industry?

Current AIA president George Miller shares his views on the Great Recession, the economic potential of green job creation, and how architects and firms can get involved.

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Design Perspectives: Brad Stewart

Hera Lighting exec sheds light on how LEDs can contribute to LEED certification.

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Designer Perspectives: Christian Hogue Dishes on Marketing Strategies for Solo Architects and Small Firms

Author of the recently released The Profitable Architect speaks about the ways in which architects can promote their own style and optimize profit.

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Industry Icon Perspectives: Looking Back 50 Years in Design

Ten iconic design practitioners weigh in on how the industry has changed over the last 50 years.

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Designer Perspectives: John Pomp

From glass-blown decanters to pendant lighting, this glassblower creates designs that are one-of-a-kind works of art.

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Perspectives: Hilda Longinotti

Contract speaks with Hilda Longinotti to learn more about her experiences in the design industry.

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Profile Snapshot: Mike Butler

The architectural photographer brings his own understanding of lighting and composition to architectural photography.

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Perspectives Snap Shot: Edward Addeo

Contract speaks with the architectural photographer to learn more about the inspirations behind his breath-taking work.

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Video Highlights: 2010 Interiors Awards Winning Projects

A visual montage of our 2010 winning projects

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Meet the Minds Behind Restaurant Design: Stephanie Goto

Stephanie Goto, founder of New York-based Stephanie Goto Design Group, loves restaurants, everything about them.

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Designers of the Year 2010: Graft

From Hollywood cowboys to global crusaders, the partners of Graft have gone far in their 12 years of practice

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Legend Award Winner 2010: Arthur Gensler

Art Gensler, collaborator in chief, is a constellation's shining star.

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The 31st Annual Interiors Awards

In our 50th year of publication, Contract proudly presents the winners of the 31st Annual Interiors Awards Competition.

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Perspectives: Rocco Laudizio

Rocco Laudizio, slick+design USA

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Perspectives: Pablo Pardo

What do you consider to be your greatest professional achievement?

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Perspectives: Mapos, LLC

What do you consider to be your greatest professional achievement?

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Perspectives Snap Shot: David Sundberg

David Sundberg, photography, Esto

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Perspectives: Arik Levy

What do you consider to be your greatest professional achievement?

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Life is a Circus: David Rockwell Interviews Lyn Heward

David Rockwell catches up with Cirque's creative director and consultant

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Perspectives: Verda Alexander and Primo Orpilla

Verda Alexander and Primo Orpilla, Principals, Studio o+a, San Francisco

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Perspectives: Tom Sargent

Tom Sargent, Principal, Equity Community Builders, San Francisco

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Design Perspectives: Jordan Mozer

Catching up with Jordan Mozer, President, Mozer and Associates, Ltd.

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