Proud to be on Public Interest Design 100 List

Recognizing leaders in public interest design, at the intersection of design, service, and social change, is something that Contract magazine is proud to do through select projects that we’ve published, designers that have been profiled, and award winners that have been selected in our Designer of the Year and Inspirations Awards program. Celebrating designers and architects who are leveraging their expertise in design for a greater cause is also a key aspect of our mission.

With that in mind, both Contract Publisher John Rouse and I are extremely honored to be included in the Public Interest Design 100 List, released in early December [See #23 in this alphabetical list]. We are humbled, and the magazine is thrilled.

Compiled by past Contract Designer of the Year honoree John Cary, it’s an excellent list of 100 people and teams working at the intersection of design and service. The list includes past Contract Designers of the Year such as MASS Design Group’s Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks (2012 Designers of the Year), and Public Architecture’s John Peterson (2009 Designer of the Year with Cary). Oh, and, the list also includes Bill Clinton for his Clinton Global Initiative and Brad Pitt for the Make It Right Foundation.

It’s also gratifying to see many familiar faces on the list: friends who have a common bond through their work that is focused on design for change. Besides our past Designers of the Year on the list, I’m happy to personally know Thomas Fisher, Cathy Lang Ho, Trinity Simons, and Jess Zimbabwe well. Shout out! And there are many more on the list that are friends of Contract. It’s inspiring to know so many across the country that are collaborating and implementing design skills to make a difference.

Fisher is the dean of the University of Minnesota College of Design, which has announced that it will host a Public Interest Design Week March 19-24, 2013.

Curating this list was a significant effort on John Cary’s part, and the impact of a simple list will have a ripple effect as the good work of everyone on the list is recognized. I’ve known John Cary for about 14 years, since we were both involved nationally with the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). Since then, he has gone on to do great things and devote his career to public interest design as the first executive director of Public Architecture and now as founding editor of

Tandus Flooring partnered with Public Interest Design to help make the list possible. Contract is proud to also partner with Tandus for the annual Inspirations Awards. Sponsored by Tandus Flooring, the Inspirations Awards celebrates leadership in socially responsible design among commercial interior designers and architects. Click here to learn about the 2012 Inspirations Awards honorees, and look for submission information in 2013.

Again, being included on the Public Interest Design 100 List is an honor, and we look forward to keeping readers informed and inspired about those focused on design for the public interest.