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.


  2. Young & Ayata

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    Young & Ayata formed a partnership in New York in 2008 to explore the conceptual and aesthetic possibilities of architecture and urbanism. The practice is dedicated to both built commissions and experimental research. The practice views the reality of contemporary building as a provocation for architectural form, material and technology. In following these trajectories it is necessary to understand architecture in its historical processes. Both principals teach and view the educational experience as crucial to the continual development of architectural ideas.

    Young & Ayata are the recipients of the 2016 Design Vanguard Award from Architectural Record. The Apartment building DL1310 designed in collaboration with Michan Architecture received the 2019 Progressive Architecture Award from Architect Magazine. In 2015 they were one of two first prize winners in the International Competition for the New Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, Germany. They were finalists in the 2015 MoMA YAP Program in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2014, the partners were the recipients of the Young Architects Prize from Architectural League of New York, and their entry in the open international competition for the Dalseong Citizen’s Gymnasium in South Korea received an honorable mention. A manifesto titled The Estranged Object: Realism in Art and Architecture, written by Michael Young with the projects of Young & Ayata was published in the Spring of 2015 by the Graham Foundation. Recently, the firm’s work was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Istanbul Modern, the Graham Foundation, Yale University, SCI-Arc, and Princeton University.

  3. FreelandBuck

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    FreelandBuck is a Los Angeles and New York City-based architectural office founded and led by Brennan Buck and David Freeland. Established in 2010, the office makes buildings, spaces, and objects that engage the public through layers of meaning, illusion and visual effect. 

    With each project, FreelandBuck aims to create distinct spaces that contribute to a more stimulating, aesthetically engaging, and challenging world. The firm’s architecture and public art work is noteable for its visual richness, intricate spatial sequences, cultural reference and use of drawing, as both design method and autonomous form of work.

    FreelandBuck is a winner of the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices Prize in 2019. They were named a finalist for the 2018 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, a member of Architectural Record’s 2017 Design Vanguard, and a winner of the 2017 AIA LA Next LA Award for their project, Second House. Other recent projects include Stack House, a residential project in Los Angeles that was both designed and developed by FreelandBuck; MINI Living Urban Cabin in Los Angeles; Parallax Gap, an installation commissioned by the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum; and the Los Angeles headquarters of Hungry Man Productions, among other residential, commercial, and cultural commissions.

  4. B-KD

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    B-KD (Büro Koray Duman) is a research-driven architecture and design studio based in New York City and Istanbul. We believe that architecture should be functional and unexpected; engaging and poetic; and experimental and affordable. Combining innovative design solutions with socially conscious ideals, we aim to redefine the relationship between contemporary architecture and the complexity of urban intervention. We pride ourselves on promoting awareness of cultural diversity through the participation of urban communities while navigating intricate spatial constraints to activate underutilized urban environments.

  5. LOT

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    LOT is an award winning architecture and design firm with offices in New York and in Greece focusing on applying strong design concepts with consciousness and pragmatism. LOT works on an array of projects ranging in scale and complexity from spatial installations to interior spaces and buildings of high capacity architecture.

    LOT was founded in 2012 by Leonidas Trampoukis and Eleni Petaloti. In 2015 LOT formed Objects of Common Interest. a design studio with the aim in creating objects and still life installations in search of inspirational moments in materiality, process and concept, sharing a common vision in flowing seamlessly through interdisciplinary practices blurring the boundaries between the artistic and the pragmatic, between form and abstraction, merging the founders’ backgrounds in architecture and art.