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  • October 6, 2020
    Photo by Tony Reid on Unsplash
    Photo: Tony Reid on Unsplash.

    As the world rapidly changes around us, old frameworks for the development of cultural centers looks less and less relevant. During the Summer and Fall of 2020, AIA New York will look specifically at museums, questioning what would happen if we were to take this unprecedented time to explore new missions, visions, and (spatial) programs for existing and new museums. What will 21st-century museums be like? Join us for this Fall lineup of conversations as cultural forecaster and museum expert David van der Leer, Principal of DVDL DD, speaks with museum professionals from around the US and beyond.



    Organized by the AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee and DVDL DD, and sponsored by Microsol Resources. Intro video by DVDL DD.



    Courtney J. Martin, Yale Center for British Art

    Tuesday, 10/20, 12-1pm

    The Yale Center for British Art houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, encompassing works in a range of media from the fifteenth century to the present.

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    Miranda Massie, The Climate Museum

    Tuesday, 10/27, 12-1pm

    The Climate Museum seeks to inspire action on the climate crisis with programming across the arts and sciences that deepens understanding, builds connections, and advances just solutions.

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    Uzodinma Iweala, The Africa Center

    Tuesday, 11/10, 12-1pm

    Serving as the hub for the exchange of ideas around culture, business, and policy related to the continent, The Africa Center inspires enthusiasm, and advances thought and action around Africa’s global influence and impact on our collective and shared futures.

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    NextGen Reflections

    Tuesday, 12/1, 12-1pm

    In this week’s installment, Van der Leer will be joined in conversation by young museum professionals from the US and beyond: Naiomy Guerrero, Independent Curator; Lisa Kennedy, Curator Team Leader, The Science Museum in London; Alice Power, Assistant Curator, V&A Museum, London

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    Danny Vargas, Museum of the American Latino

    Tuesday, 12/8, 12-1pm (Rescheduled from Tuesday, 11/17, 12-1pm)

    The Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino strives to create a museum in Washington, DC, to educate, inspire and encourage respect and understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. and its territories.

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    Previous Series Videos

    Watch, or re-watch, dialogues from the Summer 2020 installment of the Future of Museums Dialogue Series.


    Nico Wheadon, NXTHVN

    Alexandra Munroe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

    Margriet Schavemaker, Amsterdam Museum

    Alexandra Cunningham Cameron, Cooper Hewitt

    Scott Cooper, Academy of Natural Sciences

    Damion L. Thomas, National Museum of African American History and Culture


  • June 4, 2020

    To date, the first round of post-Covid-19 Pandemic reopening guidelines for cultural and performing arts facilities have focused on process. Most of the attention has been directed to public safety and audience comfort levels. For many, these buildings are a place of employment as well as a place of enjoyment. What can we, as planners and designers, do to enhance safety beyond that of the attendees in response to the current pandemic—and can we better prepare these buildings for the future?

    Alexa Antopol, Chief Intelligence Officer, Fisher Dachs Associates 

    Steven A. Adelman, V.P., Event Safety Alliance; Founder, Adelman Law Group
    Heather McAvoy, ASTC, Principal, Schuler Shook
    Delia Nevola, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Steinberg Hart
    Steven A. Wolff, CMC, Founding Principal, AMS Planning & Research Corp

    Register for the June 19 event here!

  • April 16, 2019
    Photo: Bryan Zimmerman.

    Join the AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee for a day trip to Art Omi, an arts center with a sculpture and architecture park and gallery in Ghent, NY. Within the 200-acre campus of Art Omi the unique Architecture Fields consist of 60 acres dedicated to curated installations and pavilions designed by contemporary architects. On the tour a total of 18 works, including 4 new ones to be previewed, will be visited. (Register here.)

    In addition to the Architecture Fields, the Art Omi: Architecture program includes a new residency for architects, curated architecture exhibitions on the galleries on campus, and an annual specially-designed event in NYC.

    Lunch 12:30pm-1:30pm

    Meet at Cafe, Benenson Center
    Boxed lunch reserved in advance. Specify: regular or vegetarian.
    Beverages/Coffee/Tea available separately from Cafe.

    Tour 1:30-3:00pm
    Starts at Newmark Gallery, Benenson Center
    Tour of Katherine Bernhardt exhibition: GOLD, remarks by Nicole Hayes, art curator and architecture project manager, Art Omi.
    Tour of the Architecture Fields with architect Warren James, Director of Architecture, Art Omi.

    Getting There

    Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements.  Many will take the train and may wish to organize a hired car service together.

    By Car: Approximately 2.25 hours North of Manhattan, via the scenic Taconic Parkway.
    By Amtrak: Penn Station to Hudson approximately 2 hours. From Hudson train station to Art Omi campus by private taxi, add 15 mins. Calling local taxi companies ahead is recommended.

    Suitable for walking in open fields and woods.

    Organized by:
    AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee
    Art Omi: Architecture

  • October 31, 2018

    Register here >

    A performing arts center is one of the most challenging and rewarding buildings an architect can design. It is a landmark building, celebrating its community’s commitment to the arts and culture, and requires an architectural expression that is memorable and unique.  At the same time, it is a highly technical building, weaving together the functional requirements of multiple theaters, front and back of house areas, rehearsal spaces, classrooms, lobbies, dining spaces, loading docks, and parking facilities. It demands the highest level of leadership from a design team, which must balance expression and function. It is a collaboration with a large group of stakeholders:  artists, directors, institutions, and donors, all dedicated to the success of the project, but often with different visions of how best to achieve it.  When the curtain rises on opening night and the crowd cheers, there are few moments in an architect’s career that are as rewarding.

    These buildings must perform. They house performances and performers. They are high-performance machines, tuned to resonate with a range of different performers, from solo artists to the massive orchestra and chorus required for an opera or symphony. They must also perform for their users—the audiences and production companies—allowing them to arrive, stay and depart with ease and efficiency. All of this is achieved, in part, through the spaces and volumes of the architecture.

    Please join us for a panel presentation and discussion that focuses on these issues, followed by a book signing for Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’ newly published Perform: Designing for the Performing Arts.

  • September 13, 2018

    On October 18, 2018, the AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee presents its annual lecture on excellence in museum design, the 12th Annual Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture: Odile Decq. (Register here.)

    Odile Decq, is a French architect and urban planner. International renown came in 1990 with her first major commission: La Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in Rennes, France. Since then, she has been faithful to her fighting attitude while diversifying and radicalizing her research. Being awarded The Golden Lion of Architecture during the Venice Biennale in 1996 acknowledged her early and unusual career. Other than just a style, an attitude or a process, Odile Decq’s work materializes a complete universe that embraces urban planning, architecture, design and art. Her multidisciplinary approach was recently recognized with the Jane Drew Prize in 2016, and she was honored with Architizer’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 for her pioneering work, but also her engagement and contribution to the debate on architecture.

    Odile Decq has been teaching architecture for the past 25 years. She has been invited to be a guest professor in prestigious universities such as the Bartlett (London), the Kunstakademie (Vienna & Düsseldorf), SCI-Arc (Los Angeles, CA), Columbia University (New York, NY), and more recently at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (Cambridge, MA). In France, she was Head of l’École Spéciale d’Architecture (ESA) in Paris from 2007 to 2012. Following this experience, she created her own school in Lyon in 2014: the Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture, recently accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 2018, she received an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, in recognition of her outstanding contributions in building science, design and education.

    In 2018, Odile Decq has opened a new exhibition about the Studio’s work (“Horizons”) at the House of Art in Ostrava (Czech Republic) and has been invited to create two installations (“Phantom’s Phantom”, “Diagonal 0”) during the 16th annual Biennale of Architecture in Venice). Amongst other projects, she is currently working on a residential tower in Barcelona (“Diagonal 0”); an office building in Paris (“Twist”); and an experimental house in China (“Flying Horse House”). Her most recent completed projects include Study Hall (Lyon, France, 2017); Le Cargo (Paris, France, 2016); La Résidence Saint-Ange (Seyssins, France, 2015); Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum (Nanjing, China, 2015); GL Events Headquarters (Lyon, France, 2014); FRAC Bretagne (Rennes, France, 2012); Phantom: Opéra Garnier Restaurant (Paris, France, 2011) and the MACRO Contemporary Art Museum (Rome, Italy, 2010).

    Speaker: Odile Decq, Studio Odile Decq, Paris

    Moderator: Cathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-Chief,  Architectural Record

    Sponsored by: Allegion

    Organized by: AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee


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