Helping create equitable cities through inclusive design.
Van Alen Institute helps create equitable cities through community-led inclusive design. In an equitable city, communities are engaged in the conception and creation of their built environment, regardless of income or personal circumstances. Community-driven decision-making builds resilience, social infrastructure, and ultimately, more just cities.
How We Work
We partner with leaders of historically disinvested communities to support their immediate needs and long term visions with our network, knowledge, and resources. We shape diverse interdisciplinary teams, build cross-sector public/private coalitions, and invest our own funds to support neighborhood priorities. By centering community in everything we do, our inclusive design method responds to the urgent need for social justice in citymaking.
For 128 years, our purposeful community engagement, convening capacity, and global network have produced profound transformations in the public realm of New York City and beyond. With an interdisciplinary approach to design, the Van Alen team has backgrounds in architecture, arts and culture, civic advocacy, community engagement, preservation, and public policy.
Who We Are
Associate Director, Business Development and Special Initiatives
Senior Project Manager, Programs
Director of Programs
Communications and Graphic Design Associate
Director of Communications
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Partner, Studio Libeskind
CEO & Founder, Alloy
Director of Early Stage Innovations and Partnerships, NASA
CEO, Bednark Studio Inc.
Partner, Holland & Knight
Principal, Jaklitsch / Gardner Architects
Director of Civic Projects, Perkins&Will
Visiting Associate Professor, Pratt Institute
Principal, Mikyoung Kim Design
Partner, The Seelig Group
Managing Director, Kinneret Group
Founder, Xylem Projects
Senior Principal, MASS Design Group
Founder, Determined by Design
Founder & Executive Director, Recess
Byron Bell Architects & Planners
Partner & Vice President, White
Partner, Allies and Morrison
Director, Allies and Morrison
Director, Baumgartner Urban Systems Strategy
Partner, Wingårdhs Arkitektkontor
Principal, BuroHappold Engineering
Partner, Design and Construction, Fairstead
Executive Vice President/Principal, Silman
Founding Director, Stoss Landscape Urbanism
Partner, Real Estate, Fried Frank
Executive Director, Studio Saxe
Founder, Sherwood Design Engineers
President, Dovetail Design Strategists
Vice President, Director of Landscape Architecture, Stantec
Director of Urban Design, CBT
Principal, Managing Director, Walter P Moore
Director, Stoss Landscape Urbanism
Principal and Founder, W Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Founder, Wingårdhs Arkitektkontor
1894 – 1955
Society for Beaux-Arts Architecture
We started with a commitment to accessible design education, founded in the aesthetics of the Beaux-Arts era.
1956 – 1995
National Institute for Architectural Education
Over time, we expanded beyond a particular style, and came to understand the power of design professionals to do good in the world.
1996 – 2019
Van Alen Institute: Projects in Public Places
With a belief that design can transform cities, landscapes, and regions to improve people’s lives, we developed research, public programs, and design competitions.
2020 – present
Van Alen Institute, today
We help create equitable cities through inclusive design. Community-driven decision-making builds resilience, social infrastructure, and more just cities.