The Dewberry Hotel Charleston, South Carolina
October 17–19, 2018


The 2018 Contract Design Forum will be held at The Dewberry Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, October 17-19, 2018.

The Contract Design Forum— held in a different setting across the country each autumn—is a two-day gathering of the Contract Editorial Advisory Board, invited guests who are leaders in the commercial design industry, and representatives of sponsors. Practicing architects and interior designers are welcome to attend. Click here to learn about registration fee.

Why attend or sponsor Forum?
The one event of the year for Contract designers
Each year, the Contract Design Forum is held for the most engaged experts in commercial architecture and interior design—architects and designers who are principals of firms, and nationally recognized designers of workplace, hospitality, healthcare, retail, education, and civic projects. The audience is engaged in thought-provoking discussions, allowing attendees to think of their work and the future in new and different ways.

Diverse attendee mix
When attending or sponsoring Forum, you will be an important attendee at the event, which also includes Contract magazine’s 42-member editorial advisory board. This is the one gathering of the year for the advisory board. Ninety percent of the editorial advisory board members are new to the group since 2011. Many are new to the advisory board within the last three years. The board, which includes designers of every commercial project type, is diverse in composition across all generations of practitioners.

Not just one vertical sector
Unlike events based on one vertical sector with attendees all focused on one project type, at Contract Design Forum you will be among the design leaders of every commercial project type: workplace, retail, education, hospitality, healthcare, and public/civic. Here, you will enjoy conversation and new connections with architects and designers of a variety of project types. For example, a designer of workplace may be in conversation with a hospitality designer or an architect for a presidential library or a past Designer of the Year or a leading expert on sustainable design.

You will meet everyone in attendance
The Contract Design Forum audience includes no more than about 100 to 120 people. That’s everyone from the advisory board members to attendees to representatives of sponsors to editors of the magazine. The Forum program is specifically planned for an audience of this scale. And it is notable because, over the course of two days, you should be able to meet and have conversation with most everyone in attendance.

Superb speakers
The speakers at Contract Design Forum are not the usual suspects, and are not solely focused on commercial interiors. We carefully select speakers who will enable attendees to broaden their perspectives related to the impact of design in the built environment. This year, the speakers will include Paula Zuccotti. More speakers to be announced shortly!

See key sites in Charleston
Our home base will be The Dewberry Hotel, a beautiful hotel offering nods to old Charleston with a distinctive modern edge. And you’ll see more of Charleston, as well. More details to come soon.


Past Contract Design Forums

Santa Fe, New Mexico
La Fonda on the Plaza

Del Mar, California
L’Auberge del Mar

Savannah, Georgia
The Brice Hotel

Aspen, Colorado
Hotel Jerome

Scottsdale, Arizona
The Sanctuary

Woodinville, Washington
Willows Lodge

Key Biscayne, Florida
Ritz Carlton

New Orleans, Louisiana
W French Quarter

Austin, Texas
The Lost Pines Ranch

Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Four Seasons

Scottsdale, Arizona
Arizona Baltimore

Sonoma, California
Sonoma Mission Inn

San Francisco, California