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