Gordon, Dunham-Jones, and Schupbach to Speak at Contract Design 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.

Contract welcomes a limited number of qualified practitioners—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 travel, fees, and registration.

This year’s confirmed speakers are Andrew Gordon, Ellen Dunham-Jones, and Jason Schupbach. 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.

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. Dunham-Jones has published more than 60 additional papers linking contemporary architectural theory and practice.

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-related partnerships and grants, including Our Town and Design Art Works grants, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, and the NEA’s federal agency collaborations.

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.