HOK Leaders Discuss Ways to Optimize Workplace Design

Jun 12, 2017 • Events

Pam Light and Brad Liebman discuss how to make workplaces more active and dynamic.

Healthcare Environment Awards Jurors Named; Deadline July 11

Jun 08, 2017 • Events

Winners will be announced during the 2017 Healthcare Design Expo & Conference in Orlando.

Frank Lloyd Wright 150th Anniversary Retrospective to Open at MoMA

Jun 08, 2017 • Events

The iconic American architect would have turned 150 years old on June 8.

Contract Announces NeoCon Giveaway

Jun 07, 2017 • Events

Contract is giving one lucky NeoCon attendee a trip for two to Bilbao, Spain.

Read the Official NeoCon Product Preview

Jun 06, 2017 • Events

More than one million square feet of exhibition space will comprise three floors of showrooms at theMart in Chicago.

Two Contract Events at NeoCon

Jun 05, 2017 • Events

Add these two free Contract events to your NeoCon calendar.

Contract Editor in Chief John Czarnecki Moderates ICFF Talk

May 23, 2017 • Events

The panel that included four New York–based designers: Siobhan Barry, Dash Design partner and executive creative director; Ricardo Nabholz, interior design director for Mancini Duffy; Christine Vandover, principal at HOK; and Clayton Whitman, associate principal at CallisonRTKL.

Contract CitySCENE Reception Held in New York

May 22, 2017 • Events

The event took place at Rockwell Group–designed restaurant Tao Downtown in Manhattan.

Contract Editor in Chief John Czarnecki to Moderate ICFF Talk

May 01, 2017 • Events

The 29th annual event will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center May 21–24.

Contract Hosting CitySCENE Reception in New York May 18

Apr 26, 2017 • Events

Practicing architects and designers are welcome to attend the free reception.

Contract CitySCENE Reception Held in Orlando

Apr 10, 2017 • Events

The Orlando reception is one in a series of CitySCENE events that Contract is hosting throughout the country.

Todd-Avery Lenahan Speaks with Contract Editor in Chief John Czarnecki at Coverings 2017

Apr 07, 2017 • Events

Lenahan discussed his work with Disney as well as his Las Vegas–based firm TAL Studio.

Michelle Obama Added as Keynote Speaker for 2017 AIA National Conference on Architecture

Mar 31, 2017 • Industry

Obama will speak on Thursday, April 27, 12:50–1:45pm.

Contract to Host CitySCENE Reception at Coverings

Mar 21, 2017 • Events

Contract is hosting a CitySCENE cocktail reception on Wednesday, April 5, for architects and designers attending Coverings.

2017 Inspirations Awards Jury Announced

Mar 21, 2017 • Events

The Inspirations Awards recognize a commitment to social responsibility in commercial interior architecture and design.

List of Participants Unveiled for 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial

Mar 06, 2017 • Events

More than 100 firms and artists from in excess of 20 countries will attend the forthcoming forum.

Keynote Speakers for NeoCon 2017 Announced

Mar 03, 2017 • Events

Ariana Huffington, Jessica Green, and John Ronan will open each day of the conference.

Exhibitions on Workplace and Lighting to Highlight Salone Internazionale del Mobile

Feb 27, 2017 • Events

The 56th edition of Salone Internazionale del Mobile—Milan’s International Furniture Fair—will be held April 4–9 in Milan, Italy. 

Contract Hosting CitySCENE Reception in Orlando April 5

Feb 27, 2017 • Events

The Orlando reception will be held during Coverings 2017, the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America.

Contract CitySCENE Reception Held in Dallas

Feb 13, 2017 • Events

More than 200 practicing architects and designers attended the event held at STIRR.

Rubbermaid Commercial Products Hosts Roundtable on Future of Design

Jan 24, 2017 • Events

Rubbermaid Commercial Products recently hosted a roundtable discussion on the future of design, moderated by Contract Editor in Chief John Czarnecki.

“Phyllis Lambert: 75 Years at Work” Opens at CCA

Jan 23, 2017 • Events

The Canadian architect and activist curates a retrospective on her career. 

Grafton Architects’ Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara to Curate 2018 Venice Biennale

Jan 18, 2017 • People

The Irish architects received the Silver Lion at the exhibition in 2012 for their UTEC campus design. 

GlobalShop to Celebrate 25th Anniversary This March in Las Vegas

Jan 17, 2017 • Events

Shinola President Jacques Panis will deliver the keynote address in partnership with WWD.

Contract Hosting CitySCENE Reception in Dallas February 9

Jan 17, 2017 • Events

Practicing architects and designers are welcome to attend the event, which will be held at STIRR, 2803 Main Street, 6–8 p.m.

Twelfth Annual Contract Design Forum held in Del Mar, California

Nov 16, 2016 • Events

Fostering engaging and thought-provoking discussion, the Forum is held annually for the leading experts in commercial architecture and interior design.

Tickets Available for Interiors Awards Breakfast

Oct 31, 2016 • Events

Tables and individual tickets are now available for the 38th Annual Interiors Awards Breakfast, to be held Friday, January 27, 2017, at Cipriani 42nd Street, in New York. 

Lisbon Architecture Triennale Explores Language of Architecture

Oct 12, 2016 • Events

The exhibit, the Form of Form, is designed by Mark Lee, Kersten Geers, and Nuno Brandão Costa.

Seventy Exhibitors Announced for Istanbul Design Biennial

Oct 04, 2016 • Events

Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley are curating this year’s examination of design itself.

Contract CitySCENE Reception Held in Chicago

Oct 03, 2016 • Events

The CitySCENE reception was held at Vertigo Sky Lounge at the Dana Hotel. 

National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens

Sep 27, 2016 • Projects

The 400,000-square-foot museum rises with three expanding tiers, a “Corona,” in a form akin to a Yoruba sculpture.

Czarnecki to Moderate Discussions in Miami and New York

Sep 26, 2016 • Events

Contract Editor in Chief John Czarnecki will be moderating three different discussions related to commercial interiors in Miami and New York on October 5, 6, and 7.

Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee Named as Chicago Biennial Artistic Directors

Sep 21, 2016 • People

The biennial’s second edition will take place from September 16 to December 31, 2017.

Mark Gilbreath to Speak at Contract Design Forum

Sep 19, 2016 • Events

Gilbreath is the founder and CEO of first end-to-end digital platform for flexible office procurement LiquidSpace.

American Masters – Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future to Air on PBS

Sep 01, 2016 • People

Airing in December, the documentary will follow the neofuturist’s son exploring some of his father’s most significant projects.

ICFF Miami Premieres in October

Aug 31, 2016 • Events

The trade show expands to Miami Beach to highlight luxury products for hospitality, commercial, and retail interiors.

Gates and Lee Scheduled to Speak at Contract Design Forum

Aug 31, 2016 • Events

Registration is open for architects and designers to attend the 12th annual Forum, November 9–11

Contract Hosting CitySCENE Reception in Chicago September 29

Aug 16, 2016 • Events

The reception for the Chicago architecture and design community will be held at Vertigo Sky Lounge at the Dana Hotel.

An Interview with Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd of PearsonLloyd, the Designers of Zones for Teknion

Aug 05, 2016 • Competitions & Awards

Zones  by Teknion and PearsonLloyd was named the 2016 Best of NeoCon Best of Competition.

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg to Open in January 2017

Jul 25, 2016 • Events

The Herzog & de Meuron–designed concert hall is nearing completion on the banks of the River Elbe.

Wright to Auction Furnishings from New York’s Four Seasons Restaurant

Jul 19, 2016 • Events

The renowned Philip Johnson–designed Manhattan eatery closed on July 16 after 57 years.

David Rockwell Outlines His Inspiration for the Rockwell Unscripted Collection at NeoCon 2016

Jun 14, 2016 • Events

The keynote also highlighted the six ideas essential for all designers.

Steelcase Fellowship Graduates Tackle the Impact of Design on Creativity

Jun 14, 2016 • Events

The designers and researchers emphasized the need to revolutionize office design to maximize creativity.

ASID Announces Partnership with WELL Building Institute

Jun 13, 2016 • Industry

The agreement to promote greater emphasis on human health was revealed during WELL founder Paul Scialla’s keynote at NeoCon.

MoMA Announces Frank Lloyd Wright Retrospective for 2017

Jun 10, 2016 • Events

The anthology exhibition will comprise 450 works and coincide with the architect’s 150th birthday.

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens in London

Jun 10, 2016 • Projects

The four William Kent–inspired Summer House designs have also made their debut.

OMA’s Shohei Shigematsu Crafts an Ethereal Set for the Met’s “Manus x Machina” Exhibit

Jun 01, 2016 • Events

The exhibition is on view in New York now through August 14

2016 DIFFA/Chicago Gala, Illumination, Is June 11

May 31, 2016 • Events

The 28th annual black-tie event will be held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

Zaha Hadid Retrospective to Debut at Venice Biennale

May 26, 2016 • Events

The six-month exhibition will launch as part of the Venice Biennale.

IIDA NY Chapter Hosts 2016 Leaders Breakfast

May 24, 2016 • Events

Jake Barton, principal and founder of Local Projects, offered the keynote address.

Contract CitySCENE Reception held in New York

May 17, 2016 • Events

Contract magazine celebrated the kickoff of ICFF by hosting it’s inaugural CitySCENE reception.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Terry Gross Replace Kevin Spacey as AIA Convention Speakers

May 12, 2016 • Events

Both speakers will participate in the opening keynote address, “Innovate, disrupt, & take risks.”

Jurors Named for 2016 ICFF Editors’ Awards

May 10, 2016 • Events

John Czarnecki, editor in chief of Contract, will be on the five-person jury for the 2016 ICFF Editors’ Awards. 

Contract hosting CitySCENE Reception in New York May 12

Apr 26, 2016 • Events

Contract magazine is celebrating the kickoff of ICFF and a weekend full of design events around New York by hosting a reception, CitySCENE, on Thursday, May 12.

Kevin Spacey and Rem Koolhaas among the speakers at the AIA Convention, May 19–21, in Philadelphia

Apr 05, 2016 • Events

With nearly 200 seminars, 100 tours, 40 events, and more than 800 exhibitors, the event is expected to attract thousands of architects and related industry professionals.

Coverings to include Architect & Designer Day, April 19

Apr 05, 2016 • Events

The trade show will include “Appreciation Days” for specific attendee groups, to facilitate enhanced learning and networking opportunities.  

A Constellation of Contemporary Japanese Architects Star in MoMA’s Current Architecture Exhibition

Apr 01, 2016 • Events

The exhibition incorporates models, drawings, images, and multimedia presentations of more than 40 influential Japanese designs.

HD Expo to Be Held May 4–6 in Las Vegas

Mar 24, 2016 • Events

The Hospitality Design Exposition and Conference (HD Expo) returns to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, May 4–6, for its 25th anniversary.

Coverings 2016 Conference to Be Held April 18–21 in Chicago

Mar 23, 2016 • Events

Exhibitors and speakers will fill McCormick Place in Chicago, April 18–21, for the annual flooring conference.

President and CEO of Neiman Marcus Group to Keynote GlobalShop, March 23–25, in Las Vegas

Mar 21, 2016 • Industry

North America’s largest annual trade show for retail design and shopper marketing, GlobalShop, will return to Las Vegas, March 23–25, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

The Environments for Aging Expo & Conference to Be Held April 9–12 in Austin, Texas

Mar 16, 2016 • Events

Exhibiting the latest innovations and best practices in the design of living environments for the aging population, the Environments for Aging Expo & Conference will be held April 9–12 at the Austin Convention Center in Texas.

The Met Breuer Opens on March 18 with Restoration by Beyer Blinder Belle

Mar 04, 2016 • Events

The former home of the Whitney Museum on Madison Avenue will reopen on March 18 as the Met Breuer, a new contemporary arts annex of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 

ICFF Miami to Launch in October

Feb 29, 2016 • Events

ICFF, which is North America’s largest and most prestigious design event for interiors, will premiere ICFF Miami®, October 5-6, 2016, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. 

Entries Accepted for AIANY Interiors Committee Speed Presentations

Feb 03, 2016 • Events

The AIANY Interiors Committee is hosting a speed presentation evening on March 23 at the Steelcase showroom in New York.

Contract Design Forum in Savannah Focused on Wellness

Dec 09, 2015 • Events

Leading designers, architects, and product manufacturers enjoyed an invigorating two days at the 11th Annual Contract Design Forum, held in Savannah, Georgia, in early November.

Missed Opportunities at Chicago Architecture Biennial

Nov 04, 2015 • Design Practice

The first Chicago Architecture Biennial opened in early October as a sweeping, citywide event that was conceived on the model of the contemporary bank—it’s too big to fail.

More than 4,000 Expected to Attend the 2015 Healthcare Design Expo & Conference

Sep 29, 2015 • Events

The event will be held November 14–17, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C. 

2015 Archtober Design Festival Begins Next Week

Sep 24, 2015 • Events

Archtober was established by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2010 and offers design aficionados the opportunity to attend more than 100 events, programs, talks, and exhibitions.

Coverings 2016 to Be Held at McCormick Place in Chicago, April 18-21

Sep 18, 2015 • Events

As the largest tile and stone trade show in North America, the exposition serves as a launch pad for innovative products, tools, and machinery geared toward the design industry.

Contract Magazine and Formica to Host Webinar on October 7

Sep 16, 2015 • Events

Contract magazine and Formica Corporation are teaming up to host a webinar at 10 a.m. ET on October 7, 2015.

NeoCon East Opens Registration and Announces Keynote Presentations

Aug 18, 2015 • Events

Geared toward architects, designers, and facility managers affiliated with General Services Administration (GSA), the show will take place October 28–29 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

DIFFA/Chicago’s The Imagine Ball raises nearly $500,000 to treat HIV/AIDS

Aug 10, 2015 • Events

The Chicago design community and invited guests gathered on June 13 for The Imagine Ball, the 27th annual black-tie fundraising gala for Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago (DIFFA/Chicago).

Sagmeister, Cama, and Pillai to Speak at Contract Design Forum

Aug 07, 2015 • Events

The two-day gathering will be held November 4–6 at The Brice Hotel in Savannah, Georgia.

London Design Biennale to Open September 2016

Jul 17, 2015 • Events

The event will highlight the international state of design, its prominent role in modern life, and a selection of the world’s finest projects.

ASID to Host Celebration Awards Gala in Boston

Jul 01, 2015 • Events

This year, Celebration will place a special emphasis on the 40th anniversary of ASID.

The Soul of Design: Martin Lesjak and Anastasija Sugic Deliver NeoCon Keynote

Jun 18, 2015 • Events

Martin Lesjak, co-founder of INNOCAD and Contract 2015 Designer of the Year, and fashion designer Anastasija Sugic delivered a keynote presentation at NeoCon about their work through 13&9 Design, of which they are both CEOs and creative directors.

Patricia Urquiola Inspires with Keynote Address at NeoCon 2015

Jun 15, 2015 • Events

Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola discusses her inspirations, the trajectory of her career, and what she has learned from consistently pushing the boundaries as a woman in the design industry.

ASID and IDI Celebrate World Interiors Day

May 27, 2015 • Events

World Interiors Day is an annual event created to raise awareness of the important role interior architecture and design work play in society.

DIFFA/Chicago’s Annual Gala, The Imagine Ball, Is June 13

May 27, 2015 • Events

Shining a light on a world without AIDS, the organization’s Imagine Ball is the fifth in a series of six Believe Galas dedicated to DIFFA/Chicago grantees.

Joel Sanders to Present 8th Annual Oberfield Lecture

May 20, 2015 • Events

The lecture will be hosted by the New York chapter of AIA (AIANY) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, at the AIANY Center for Architecture.

Design Inspiration at ICFF in New York

May 19, 2015 • Events

Produced by Emerald Expositions, the publisher of Contract, ICFF featured 165,000 square feet of exhibition space, a range of events and features, and a number of CEU-accredited education sessions presented by the American Society of Interior Designers.

ICFF to Be Held at Jacob K. Javits Center in New York, May 16–19

May 11, 2015 • Events

The 27th edition of ICFF, the premier global design show, will be held at Jacob K. Javits Center in New York, May 16–19.

Shigeru Ban Contributes to Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

May 11, 2015 • Events

In collaboration with his firm, Ban’s relief organization Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) will assemble shelter and medical aid stations onsite.

RIBA Responds to Nepal Earthquake with Resources for Architects

Apr 30, 2015 • Events

In partnership with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the institute is seeking Nepalese nationals and experienced professionals to join the initiative.

Architect Lee H. Skolnick and Kinesis Project Host Dance Performance in New York

Apr 29, 2015 • Events

The performance combined both dance and architectural elements to explore the way people move and react in space.

Pathmakers Exhibition Opens at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York

Apr 28, 2015 • Events

The exhibition features more than 100 notable works by influential women working with materials, such as textiles, ceramics, and metals.

Roster Announced for Chicago Architecture Biennial

Apr 15, 2015 • Events

Over 60 firms and designers, chosen by co-artistic directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda, have been announced for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, this year titled "The State of the Art of Architecture." 

The Met Breuer to Launch in March 2016

Apr 08, 2015 • Events

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will launch its first season of programming at The Met Breuer in the landmark building by Marcel Breuer in New York. 

IIDA Hosts 7th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction in New York

Mar 31, 2015 • Events

The annual event joins industry professionals and IIDA New York board members in celebrating the importance of sustainable practices.

NeoCon East to be Held in Philadelphia

Feb 11, 2015 • Events

Vornado Realty Trust/Merchandise Mart has announced that NeoCon East will take place October 28 and 29 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. 

Expanded Editorial Advisory Board, Guests Enjoy the 2014 Contract Design Forum

Feb 05, 2015 • Competitions & Awards

Contract magazine’s annual Design Forum was held at Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado.

Bill Clinton to Keynote 2015 AIA Convention

Jan 06, 2015 • Events

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced today that President Bill Clinton will be the opening keynote speaker at the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta. 

RIBA to Showcase Charles Rennie Mackintosh Retrospective in 2015

Dec 05, 2014 • News

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced that an exhibition of Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh will be held at its London headquarters from February to May 2015.

Configura has Published 7th Annual CET Designer User Conference Presentations

Dec 01, 2014 • Events

Creator of CET Designer software, Configura has published videos, presentations, photos, and exclusive content from its 7th annual CET Designer User Conference.

One World Trade Center Opens

Nov 04, 2014 • News

A ceremony to mark the occasion will be held later this month.

SitOnIt Seating Releases Limited-Edition Chairs to Raise Funds for Breast Cancer

Oct 13, 2014 • News

Last year, SitOnIt Seating and IDEON raised more than $40,000 for partner The Common Thread For The Cure, an organization dedicated to supporting those in the furnishing industry who are battling breast cancer.  

Germany's Vitra Design Museum Showcases Alvar Aalto Retrospective

Oct 06, 2014 • News

The Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, is hosting a retrospective exhibition of work by late Finnish Modernist architect and designer Alvar Aalto.

Cersaie Reveals New Tile Trends

Oct 02, 2014 • Events

Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings, took place this past week in Bologna, Italy.

San Francisco Hosts the Architecture and the City Festival

Sep 04, 2014 • News

The month-long celebration features behind the scenes and walking tours, films, exhibitions, and lectures


Sep 02, 2014 • News

The event will take place September 18–19 in New York City