Starbucks Roastery

Apr 03, 2015 • Public Interest Design
By Sheri Olson, FAIA

The coffee giant opens a caffeine-fueled, Willy Wonka-inspired roastery and tasting room in Seattle.

Architecture for Humanity Board Issues Statement

Jan 22, 2015 • Industry
By Staff

The board of directors of Architecture for Humanity issued a pubic statement six days after news broke that the organization has ended its operation.

Architecture for Humanity Closes

Jan 16, 2015 • Industry
By John Czarnecki

Nonprofit organization Architecture for Humanity has ended its operation and all employees were laid off January 1.

2014 Inspirations Awards Winners

Jun 08, 2014 • News
By Staff

Winners of the 2014 Inspirations Awards announced.

The Wilson Foundation Supports Children in Need in South Africa and Beyond

Jan 31, 2014 • Public Interest Design
By Jean Nayar

2014 Legend award winner Trisha Wilson established The Wilson Foundation to address the needs of South Africa's disadvantaged and underserved children.

Architecture for Humanity Co-founders to Step Down

Sep 06, 2013 • News
By Holly O'Dell

Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr have launched a fund to raise at least $1.5 million to support the organization's future growth.

2013 Inspirations Awards Winners

Aug 07, 2013 • Public Interest Design
By Staff

The awards celebrate socially responsible commercial interior design in two categories: built projects and practice-based initiatives. 

An Update from MASS Design Group

Jan 31, 2013 • Public Interest Design
By Holly Jacobsen, Michael Murphy, and Alan Ricks

The 2012 Designer of the Year honorees describe their increased reach, scope, and activities in the year since receiving the award

What Is Next for Sustainable Design?

Sep 20, 2012 • Public Interest Design
By Sandy Mendler, AIA

In addition to engaging traditional   measures such as energy efficiency, daylighting, and use of healthy materials, sustainability will include a holistic and experientially based design approach

2012 Inspirations Award Winners

Jun 11, 2012 • News
By Staff

Contract announced the winners of its fourth annual Inspirations Awards competition at a ceremony on June 11 in Chicago at NeoCon®

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

Jan 31, 2012 • Public Interest Design
By John Czarnecki

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.

2012 Designer of the Year: MASS Design Group

Jan 27, 2012 • Public Interest Design
By John Czarnecki

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

A New Generation Raises the bar for Public Interest Design

Jan 27, 2012 • Business Practice
By John Cary

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.

Herman Miller and MASS Design Group Form Partnership

Nov 07, 2011 • Public Interest Design
By Sheila Kim

As part of the manufacturer's Better World initiative, Herman Miller will be a sponsor for MASS's fellowship program

Architecture for Humanity Launches Competition to Repurpose Military Sites

Nov 01, 2011 • Public Interest Design
By Jean Nayar

Hosted biennially, the competition challenges architects and designers to partner with communities in re-envisioning abandoned, closed, and decommissioned military sites into civic spaces

The Power of Design: Butaro Hospital, Burera District, Rwanda, by MASS Design Group

Oct 19, 2011 • Public Interest Design
By John Czarnecki

In rural Rwanda, the Butaro Hospital by MASS Design Group redefines the region's healthcare delivery paradigm

Inspiring Design: 2011 Inspiration Awards Winners

Apr 07, 2011 • Competitions
By Staff

Contract magazine's 2011 Inspiration Awards winners, announced at a gala ceremony at WGBH public broadcasting headquarters in Boston on April 6, set an example in socially responsible design

Social Responsibility: Corporate Philanthropy

Mar 07, 2011 • Business Practice
By Trisha Wilson, Founder and CEO, Wilson Associates

Good for business, good for the community

The Social Aspect of Social Responsibility

Apr 23, 2010 • Public Interest Design
By John Cary

Social responsibility should be celebrated, critiqued, and the centerpiece of all design practices.

Informing the Masses

Apr 19, 2010 • Public Interest Design
By Jennifer Thiele Busch

True to its mission, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association commissions a new headquarters building that sets a positive example for urban development

Contract Honors Inspirations Award Winners with $5,000 Grants

Apr 09, 2010 • Public Interest Design
By Jennifer Thiele Busch

The 2010 award recognizes socially responsible commercial design at SPUR-hosted event.

Inspirations Awards 2010 Winner Profiles

Apr 09, 2010 • Inspirations Awards
By Staff

Five projects are recognized for their innovation and inspiration to socially responsible commercial design by Contract magazine.

Video Highlights: 2010 Interiors Awards Winning Projects

Feb 04, 2010 • Public Interest Design
By Contract Staff

A visual montage of our 2010 winning projects

Green Design: Not Just for Specifiers

Jan 25, 2010 • Public Interest Design
By Glen Hussmann, LEED AP

A manufacturing CEO gains insights by earning his LEED accreditation

Arzu Studio Hope Weaves Common Threads:

Oct 01, 2009 • Public Interest Design
By Danine Alati

ARZU STUDIO HOPE believes in a holistic approach to sustainable alleviation of poverty through women's economic empowerment, access to education, healthcare, clean water, and community development.