Each year, John Cary speaks on topics such as architecture, design, philanthropy, public service, and social justice at colleges, universities, foundations, nonprofits, professional associations, and conferences across the country. John’s TED talk, titled How architecture can create dignity for all,” has been featured on the TED.com website since February 2018.

Select past venues have included the Aspen Ideas Festival, TEDCity2.0, TEDWomen, Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Contract Design Forum, and NeoCon. Among dozens of college and university lectures, John has spoken at schools as wide-ranging as Auburn University, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Stanford University, and the University of New Mexico.

In 2011, John gave the commencement address for the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley; his talk, “Remember Two Things,” was subsequently published by Metropolis Magazine. On May 12, 2012, John gave the commencement address for the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, his alma mater; a video of that talk is online here and published by Metropolis Magazine here. In May 2013, John gave the commencement address for the University of New Mexico School of Architecture & Planning, a video which is online here.