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 Managing Editor Lauren Volker at email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Makovsky, based in New York, Paul is the editor in chief of Contract. Paul has served several senior editorial roles over the course of 18 years at Metropolis. Before that, Paul was the managing editor of 2wice magazine for two years and director of research at the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum for the exhibition, “Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture.” Paul is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal and the University of Toronto.
Lauren Volker, based in Atlanta, Lauren is the managing editor of Contract. Prior to joining the Contract team, Lauren served as managing editor for Contract’s sister publication Impressions. Before that, she was an editor for design:retail magazine, where she fell in love with the design industry. Lauren is a graduate of The University of Georgia.
Will Speros, based in New York, Will is the online editor for Contract, as well as the magazine’s sister publications Hospitality Design and design:retail. Previously working a design reporter with Architectural Digest, Will cut his teeth as a beat reporter in New York with outlets including Metro New York and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Riverdale Press in the Bronx. His cultural voraciousness continues to steer his exploration of the design world. Will is a graduate of Fordham University and is based in the New York office.
Meghan Dwyer, based in New York, Meghan is the assistant editor of Contract. A recent graduate of Penn State with a degree in print and digital journalism and a minor in international studies, her passions include writing, editing and building engaging content—specifically for print magazines and their digital platforms. In the past, she has worked as an editorial fellow at Dwell Magazine.
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
Michael Bonomo, IIDA, CannonDesign
Bill Bouchey, IIDA, HOK
Gabrielle Bullock, FAIA, IIDA, Perkins+Will
Annie Chu, FAIA, IIDA, Chu+Gooding Architects
Donald Cremers, IIDA, HOK
Anne Cunningham, Assoc. AIA, IIDA, NBBJ
Ray Ehscheid, Affiliate IIDA, IA Interior Architects
Peter Ferzan, Turner Townsend Ferzan Robbins LLC
Mark Gardner, AIA, Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects
Dina Griffin, AIA, IIDA, Interactive Design Architects (IDEA)
Jane Hallinan, IIDA, Perkins Eastman
Suzen Heeley, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Holley Henderson, H2 Ecodesign
Scott Hierlinger, IIDA, NELSON
Charrisse Johnston, ASID, IIDA, Assoc. AIA, Steinberg
Jeff Kabat, IIDA, HKS
Andre Kikoski, AIA, Andre Kikoski Architect
Angie Lee, AIA, IIDA, FXFOWLE
Todd-Avery Lenahan, TAL Studio
Elizabeth Lowrey, Elkus Manfredi Architects
Bill Lyons, Assoc. AIA, Room & Board
Carlos Madrid III, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Crystal Martinez, Assoc. IIDA, CO Architects
Irwin Miller, Assoc. AIA, Gensler
Krista Ninivaggi, Allied ASID, K&Co
Primo Orpilla, FIIDA, Studio O+A
Tanya Paz, CAMA, Inc.
Jeannette Lenear Peruchini, IIDA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
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, CallisonRTKL
Joey Shimoda, FAIA, FIIDA, Shimoda Design Group
Felice Silverman, FIIDA, Silverman Trykowski Associates
Suzette Subance Ferrier, IIDA, TPG Architecture
Jocelyn Stroupe, IIDA, ASID, CannonDesign
Sascha Wagner, IIDA, Huntsman Architectural Group
Geno Yun, AIA, ELS Architecture and Urban Design
Publisher Karen Donaghy
Karen Donaghy was named publisher of Contract in January 2017. She is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations and management of the magazine, website and Contract branded events. Previously, holding the positions of associate publisher (2015–2016) and eastern sales director (2000–2008). In addition to her role at Contract, Karen manages the sales and marketing for Perspective magazine, the industry journal of the IIDA. Her previous experience at Interior Design and Condé Nast Publications has provided her with a unique and vast understanding of the commercial, residential, trade, and consumer aspects of the design industry. She is based in the New York metro area.
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