World-renowned advocate of design for the public good to speak at CIDA Future Vision

John Cary, a dynamic leader and champion of design for positive social change, has been announced as the keynote speaker for the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Future Vision event taking place in November 2014.

An architect by training, John is a strategist for the $1,000,000 TED Prize and co-lead of the TEDCity2.0 global event series. John is also an advisor to Aspen Global Health & Development, a global advisory board member of Possible Health in rural Nepal, and a member of the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB)‘s Design Council.

John’s first bookThe Power of Pro Bono, was published in 2010. He is also the founding editor of (acquired by Autodesk in July 2013) and his writing has appeared in an array of publications as diverse as The New York TimesCNN.comThe Christian Science Monitor, and Fast Company. Beyond his work with TED, he speaks extensively at universities and conferences, including the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting.

Over the past year, John served as the founding executive director of the Autodesk Foundation, a philanthropic venture of Autodesk and a first-of-its-kind foundation focused on design for impact. In 2012, John and partner Courtney Martin served as the first guest curators in residence at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco, for an exhibition on design and storytelling, titled “Public Interest Design: Products, Places, & Processes.” The exhibition opened to a capacity crowd and is on display internationally through 2017. From 2003-2010, John served as executive director of Public Architecture, launching The 1% pro bono design program. He was also recognized with colleague John Peterson as co-recipient of Contract Magazine’s 2009 Designer of the Year Award.

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Future Vision is an important part of the CIDA standards development process. Hosted by Steelcase, the goal of Future Vision is to describe factors that will have the greatest influence on interior design in order to establish educational priorities for entry-level practitioners in 2017 and beyond. The community at large will be consulted as CIDA Accreditation Standards are crafted in 2015. New Standards will be published in 2016 and implemented in 2017. Click here for further information about Future Vision.

CIDA gratefully acknowledges Future Vision partners and sponsors The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Steelcase.