Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone is premised on the belief that everyone deserves good design. This isn’t just another book for and about designers; it’s a book about the lives we lead, inextricably shaped by the spaces and places we inhabit.

With a foreword by Melinda Gates, the book showcases 20 diverse building projects from across the country and around the world. Brought to life with stunning photography, each project narrative is based on extensive interviews with clients, users, and designers. The book is published by Island Press and designed by Pentagram.

“I can’t recommend John Cary’s book, Design for Good, highly enough. His argument—that everyone deserves good design—is clear and revolutionary.”
Melinda Gates, Philanthropist

“John Cary has written one of the most consequential books yet for people who are concerned with the future of the built environment in the 21st century.”
David Dewane, Editor-in-Chief, Impact Design Hub

“This book matters deeply to a field searching for its highest calling and to a world in need of our best efforts.”
Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO, and author, Change by Design

“A visual testament to the fact that every human being has the right to live a healthy,
dignified life.”

Barbara Bush, Co-founder & CEO, Global Health Corps

“A compelling and fresh argument that architects have an opportunity to not just build buildings, but build dignity.”
Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation


The Power of Pro Bono (2010)

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