Dunham-Jones, Gordon, and Schupbach to Speak at Forum

The 13th Annual Contract Design Forum will be held October 18–20, 2017, at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Forum is a two-day gathering of the 40-member Contract Editorial Advisory Board, invited guests who are leaders in the commercial design industry, and representatives of sponsors.

Forum attendees will visit the Museum of International Folk Art to learn about Alexander Girard’s folk art collection, and also go to SITE Santa Fe—a contemporary art space with a brand new building by SHoP Architects. Attendees will dine at The Compound designed by Alexander Girard.

Contract welcomes practicing architects and interior designers who are engaged in the commercial design profession to attend and participate. Prospective attendees can visit contractdesignforum.com to learn more about registration fee, travel, and program.

This year’s confirmed speakers include Ellen Dunham-Jones, Andrew Gordon and Jason Schupbach. A leading authority on retrofitting suburbia, Dunham-Jones and co-author June Williamson wrote the authoritative book on the subject “Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs” (Wiley, 2009, update in 2011). She is a professor of architecture at Georgia Tech, where she served as the director of the architecture program from 2001 to 2009.

Gordon, directing animator at Pixar Animation Studios, will deliver a talk about creativity and storytelling that will inspire the attendees. In his 20 years at Pixar, Gordon was an animator for films including “A Bugs Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Toy Story 3,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Monsters University,” and “WALL-E,” among many others. He is also a co-founder of the Animation Collaborative and the animation programs at both the California College of the Arts and One Academy. An expert with character and story, Gordon will reveal the techniques for shaping a culture of creativity.

Schupbach is the director of The Design School at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. He began in that role in summer 2017 after seven years as the director of design and creative place-making programs for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), where he oversaw all design and creative place-making partnerships and grants, including Our Town and Design Art Works grants, the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, and the NEA’s federal agency collaborations. Schupbach holds a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Contract Editorial Advisory Board includes notable architects and designers from across the country, representing the thought leaders in the design of workplace, healthcare, retail, hospitality, and school environments. Together with other guests at Forum, they lead provocative conversations about the design profession and its future.