John Cary

SFAI Board Member

Writer/ Speaker/ Curator,

An architect by training, John Cary has devoted his career to expanding the practice of design for the public good. John’s writing on design, philanthropy, and fatherhood is widely published in The New York Times and other outlets. He is also the author of two books, most recently Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone, with a foreword by Melinda Gates. John’s argument for dignifying design is also the subject of his TED talk, which has been viewed over one million times. For the past seven years, John was a senior advisor in the areas of communications, strategy, and philanthropy to entities such as TED, The Aspen Institute, and the Obama Foundation. John is now the President & CEO of a major new nonprofit venture, called the Eames Institute, launching in Fall 2019; it is intended to advance the legacy of mid-century modern pioneers Charles & Ray Eames and design as a force for social change.