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. Kyle May, Architect

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    Kyle May, Architect PC (KM,A) is an architectural studio based out of the Bushwick / East Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. Their contemporary work spans various program types: residential, commercial, retail, cultural, industrial, and educational. KM,A also provides a full-service wood, steel, and resin shop to provide custom components for their client’s projects.

  3. Hive Public Space

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    Hive Public Space is a women-led urban design and placemaking / placekeeping firm. We believe in the idea that cities are complex urban systems that function laterally at multiple scales, and that public spaces have a huge social and economic impact on the vitality of any urban area. We strive for social, cultural, and racial equity.

  4. BAS

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    BAS is an architecture and urban design studio. We practice architecture as a process of re‑imagining social, political and civic relationships through rigorous experimentation with forms and ideas. BAS is a woman-owned business led by Annie Barrett and registered in NY State.