Van Alen Institute is an independent nonprofit architectural organization that promotes inquiry into the processes that shape the design of the public realm. 

May 9-19: Join Us for Van Alen Institute's Spring 2014 Events

With a line-up featuring hands-on construction workshops, films, tours, performances, conversations, tech demonstrations, and more, the Institute's Spring 2014 Events investigate how urban life affects the mind and body, expanding the conversation about how the design of cities can enhance well-being.

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Van Alen Institute Spring Party: May 21 at The High Line Hotel

Join us on Wednesday, May 21 at The High Line Hotel for the Van Alen Institute Spring Party featuring a concert by White Prism. Tickets on sale now!

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Van Alen Seeks Communications Coordinator

Van Alen seeks a Competitions Coordinator to support the development and implementation of the Institute’s design competitions and their related public programs.

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Van Alen Seeks Temporary Development Manager

Van Alen seeks a temporary Development Manager to oversee the Institute’s diverse fundraising initiatives from the beginning of June through mid-October.

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Van Alen Institute Welcomes Kikoski and Richardson to Board of Trustees

Van Alen Institute is pleased to announce that Andre Kikoski of Andre Kikoski Architect and Robert Richardson of Control Group have joined its Board of Trustees. 

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VAI and Times Square Arts Announce the Winner of the 2014 Times Square Valentine Heart Competition

Van Alen Institute and Times Square Arts are pleased to announce that Young Projects has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Valentine Heart Design Competition for their project “Match-Maker.”

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Spring/Summer 2014 Internships

Van Alen Institute internships are an opportunity to get involved in a diverse range of activities across our public programs, research, competitions, communications, development, and operations. Apply by April 15 to join Van Alen this summer.

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Van Alen Institute Welcomes Bergmann, Healy, and Tura to Board of Trustees

Van Alen Institute is pleased to announce that Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Jessica Healy, and Hunter Tura have joined its Board of Trustees at the start of its 120th anniversary year.

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Van Alen Institute Launches Elsewhere: Escape and the Urban Landscape

Elsewhere: Escape and the Urban Landscape is a multi-year inquiry that will explore the experience of escape in the urban environment. Van Alen Institute kicks off the new initiative this week with a festival-style series of public programs running November 12 - 17, at the Institute and select venues throughout New York City.

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Van Alen Institute Announces Ground/Work Competition Winner

Van Alen Institute is pleased to announced the selection of Collective–LOK as the winner of Ground/Work: A Design Competition for Van Alen Institute’s New Street-Level Space. Their proposal, titled Screen Play, presents a highly flexible space utilizing a subtle interplay of surfaces and screens to allow for the diverse range of uses demanded by the activities of the Institute, from multimedia exhibitions and lectures to workshops and private meetings.

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Changing Course: Navigating the Future of the Lower Mississippi River Delta

Just launched: The Leadership Team of Changing Course released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking multidisciplinary design teams to develop innovative design solutions for the Lower Mississippi River Delta. Changing Course is an ambitious design competition led by local and national leaders, with the support and participation of the State of Louisiana and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
Van Alen is pleased to be working with the Environmental Defense Fund to support this competition, along with technical advisors from Happold Consulting. Visit to download the RFQ and learn more!

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Rebuild by Design Reveals 10 Design Opportunities

On November 14, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced 10 projects to be developed in the next and final stage of the Rebuild by Design competition. Join us for upcoming public programs, as the 10 design teams work closely with local stakeholders to create design, planning, policy, finance, and other solutions to improve the resilience of communities across the Sandy-affected region.

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Volunteer Opportunities at Van Alen Institute

Want to get involved at Van Alen Institute? We're currently seeking enthusiastic volunteers who are interested in helping our small staff to make Van Alen programs and events happen. Roles will be tailored according to volunteer's interest, past experience, and strengths.

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A Street Seat for Van Alen Institute

Van Alen Institute has applied to the New York City Department of Transportation’s Street Seat Program, an initiative that provides seasonal, outdoor public seating in the parking lane.

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Browse VAI's Online Design Archive

Dive into the Van Alen design archive. We've launched the beta version of our century-spanning online archive, so click below and start exploring over 3,000 images from a history of civic architecture.

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