• March 12, 2021
    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 look less and less relevant. Continuing the success of the 2020 “Future of Cultural Centers” dialogue series, this year AIA New York will look at cultural institutions that take a mixed-use approach to programming and space and a more holistic view at the human experience. We will touch on opportunities and challenges around these hybrid organizations, questioning what would happen if we were to take this unprecedented time to explore new missions, visions, and models to help address existing institutional deficits. What will 21st-century arts and community spaces be like? Join us for this Spring line-up of conversations as cultural forecaster and museum expert David van der Leer, Principal of DVDL, speaks with professionals from around the US and beyond.



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



    Alex Sarian, Arts Commons

    Tuesday, 4/6, 6-7pm

    Arts Commons is a multi-venue arts center in downtown Calgary, Canada, located in the Olympic Plaza Cultural District.

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    Melanie Keen, Wellcome Collection

    Tuesday, 4/20, 12-1pm

    The Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library based in London, UK, that aims to challenge how we all think and feel about health.

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    Gabriel Kogan on SESC Pompéia

    Tuesday, 4/27, 6-7pm

    Architect, critic, and professor Gabriel Kogan will discuss São Paulo’s SESC Pompéia, a remarkable adaptive reuse project by one of Modernism’s best-known female architects, Lina Bo Bardi.

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    Pieternel Thijssen, LocHal Library

    Tuesday, 5/11, 12-1pm

    LocHal is a world-class urban living room designed by Amsterdam-based studio Civic Architects.

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    Kristina Newman-Scott, BRIC

    Tuesday, 5/18, 12-1pm

    BRIC is a leading arts and media institution based in Brooklyn, New York, whose work spans contemporary visual and performing arts, media, and civic action.

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    Previous Series Videos

    Watch, or re-watch, dialogues from previous installments of the series


    Fall 2020

    Courtney J. Martin, Yale Center for British Art

    Miranda Massie, The Climate Museum

    Uzodinma Iweala, The Africa Center

    NextGen Reflections

    Danny Vargas, Museum of the American Latino


    Summer 2020

    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

  • February 11, 2021
    Munchmuseum Photo © Adrià Goula Topics

    On February 23 at 6:00 PM EST, Juan Herreros, founder of Madrid-based estudioHerreros, will present an in-depth look at the process behind the design and construction of the new Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. The commission for this ground breaking building was won through an international design competition in 2009 whose twenty invited participants represented a who’s who of world architects. Since being awarded the project, estudioHerreros has negotiated a complex environment of agendas from various political, social, media, and technological interests that ultimately informed the project’s progress and design. The design process also coincided with growing debates on the role of art institutions as urban infrastructures, the importance of the visitor experience beyond the prototypical model of building as archive, and emerging paradigms about sustainability and a building’s responsibility to minimize its carbon foot print. The Munch Museum is opening in 2021.


    Juan Herreros, PhD, Founder, estudioHerreros; Chair Professor of Architectural Design, Madrid School of Architecture; Full Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

    Karla Rothstein, Founder and Director, Columbia University GSAPP DeathLAB; Design Director, LATENT Productions and Greylock WORKS; Associate Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

    Register here for the February 23 event

  • June 4, 2020
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    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.
    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
    PCPA PAC Cover Fr

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    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.


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