1. David van der Leer

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    David van der Leer is a forecaster, strategist, researcher, and writer. In 2018, David founded DVDL after having worked and consulted with institutions, government agencies, corporations, and individuals for 15 years. DVDL is an agency of innovators and strategists working at the intersection of cultural analysis and human behavior. DVDL develops models and concepts that bring the future of communities, public spaces, and cultural institutions into focus by creating a greater understanding of how to guide those towards people and the issues they hold dear.

    From 2013 to 2018, David was the Executive Director of Van Alen Institute. This design nonprofit develops cross-disciplinary research, provocative public programs, and inventive design competitions to make cities better. Before repositioning Van Alen Institute, David created and curated the Architecture and Urban Studies program for the Guggenheim Museum from 2008 to 2013. David developed and co-curated the highly publicized BMW Guggenheim Lab at the Guggenheim, which traveled from New York City to Berlin and Mumbai in its own building. He curated projects like stillspotting nyc and exhibitions like Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward. In 2012, he co-curated the United States Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and in 2011 he curated for the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture. In 2010, The New York Times recognized David as one of ten promising curators of the next generation.



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    STUDIOKCA is an award-winning architecture and design firm led by Jason Klimoski and Lesley Chang based in Brooklyn, New York with projects ranging in scale and complexity from lighting fixtures and interiors, to public installations, sculptures and buildings in New York, Vermont, Nevada, Wisconsin, Brazil, Taiwan, and Papua New Guinea.  

  3. Sage and Coombe Architects

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    Led by Jennifer Sage FAIA, and Peter Coombe AIA, Sage and Coombe Architects has built a portfolio focused on social infrastructure through diverse projects ranging from the multiphase transformation of the Noguchi Museum to the design of the next generation of New York City phone booths. We worked with the New York City mayor’s office to help rebuild the Rockaways after Hurricane Sandy. For the New York City’s Design Excellence Initiative, we created an award-winning prototype for park facilities that was adopted as the new standard. Over two decades, our team has designed libraries, parks, firehouses, athletic facilities, art centers, schools for all ages—and from time to time, we take on a beach house, townhouse, or penthouse.

  4. Method Design

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    Method Design is an award winning NYC based practice, that has designed and built over 250 projects in eight states in every region of the country, and abroad in Europe and Africa. Our integrated design shop focuses on the notion of using provocation as it intersects with design performance to challenge spatial, material and social dynamics of the built environment. As a rule, we are always rethinking the way things are done and the boundaries of the architect’s role, surveying our entire tool set to achieve optimum results for project at hand.

  5. Bureau V

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    Based in New York City, with projects in the greater New York City area, the US, and internationally, Bureau V designs projects that often falls on the border of architecture, providing the studio with new perspectives and opportunities to place architecture in a wide cultural landscape.

  6. SOFTlab

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    SOFTlab is a design studio based in New York City. The studio combines a research-based design practice with an interest in how technology, craft, and materials come together in ways that explore the boundaries between architecture, other disciplines, and the public.