DVDL  is a networked agency led by David van der Leer. Depending on each project’s needs, we bring together a steady group of experienced professionals for forecasting, research, concept development, project management, space programming, editorial, and graphic design work.

David van der Leer Principal

David van der Leer, is a forecaster, educator, moderator, researcher, strategist, and writer. David’s passion is reinventing the institutions and public spaces of yesterday—and dreaming up the most inspirational institutions of tomorrow—through excellent design and interdisciplinary programs. David founded DVDL in 2018 after having worked and consulted with institutions, government agencies, corporations, and individuals for 15 years.

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Maria Budtz Sorensen Project Manager, Insights and Strategy

Maria Budtz Sorensen is an urban sociologist and analyst who manages projects with DVDL, focusing on activation of urban spaces through programming, culture, and arts. Maria works to build equity into institutions and processes through a deep understanding of client, user, and community needs. Before coming to DVDL, she worked at AIA New York facilitating public programs on architecture and design. Maria holds an M.A. in Sociology from Copenhagen University and studied Urban Affairs at Queens College, CUNY.

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Alexandra Fanelli Project Coordinator

Alexandra is an Italian museum educator and researcher who envisions new ways of living the museum experience. Whether in research or project coordination work for our clients, Alexandra seeks out innovative ways to expand access to museums and to empower individuals through creative learning. She holds a B.A. in Art History from the Fashion Institute of Technology and an M.A. in Museum Anthropology from Columbia University.

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Roy Cremers Associate - Cultural Strategy

Roy Cremers is an­ Amsterdam-based innovator, moderator, podcast host, writer and strategist. He brings his expertise in connecting art (institutions) with audiences and establishing more engaged relationships to DVDL’s Europe-based projects through conceptual and strategic development as well as project management. Roy has worked as a press officer, launched a gallery space, was grants officer at a public art fund and in 2010 he founded, the first crowdfunding platform for art and creativity in Europe.

Nico Wheadon Associate - Cultural Strategy

Nico is a New Haven-based art advisor, curator, educator and writer who works with the DVDL network to forecast cultural trends and to chart out responsive cultural strategies for DVDL clients. She, alongside her partner Malik D. Lewis, is founder and principal of bldg fund LLC, an innovation platform for BIPOC artists, entrepreneurs and neighbors. Nico currently serves on the Board of Governors at the National Academy of Design, and the Advisory Board for the Lubin School of Business Transformative Leadership Program.

Judy Kim Associate - Cultural Strategy

Judy Kim is a strategic senior executive with over 25 years of experience in the cultural sector. She envisions, builds, and optimizes infrastructures and processes necessary to plan for future cultural trends. Judy has led major initiatives focused on growth and engagement, and managed programming and operations activities both in the U.S. and globally. She has worked with numerous institutions including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the Brooklyn Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, amongst others. 

Yvette Y. Lee Associate - Business Strategy

Yvette  Y. Lee is an art historian, curator, and senior non-profit executive who brings over 25 years of experience collaborating with museums, foundations, galleries, artists, corporate sponsors, donors, and boards to DVDL’s client projects. She has worked with numerous artists and institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, American Federation of Arts, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Skystone Foundation (James Turrell, Roden Crater) as well as Faou Foundation (Mariko Mori).

Jon Maass Associate - Space Planning & Programming

Jon Maass is a New York State-based architect, builder and museum professional who brings an expert knowledge of space planning, project management, and space programming to the DVDL  network.  He has programmed and/or directed projects at the Toledo Museum of Art with SANAA, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. with Steven Holl, and the Museum of Modern Art and the experimental theater group, TR Warsawa in Warsaw, Poland, both designed by Thomas Phifer.

Dan Muro Associate - Research & Visioning

Dan is a Brooklyn-based writer, musician, and researcher. He received his B.A. in cultural anthropology from Wesleyan University in 2017, with a focus on development studies and experimental ethnography. He has since worked for cultural and political organizations across New York City such as Van Alen Institute, New York Civil Liberties Union, and Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning.

Yifan Chen Associate - Research & Visioning

Yifan ensures the smooth operation of DVDL’s office space and coordinates research with the rest of the DVDL team. He is dedicated to the study and creation of place in its conceptual and physical dimensions, drawing on a hybrid of Eastern and Western cultures and design languages. Yifan holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College and is currently pursuing an M.A in Historical and Sustainable Architecture from NYU.

Greg Barton Associate - Research & Visioning

Greg Barton is a researcher and curator focused on spatial politics. He holds a MS in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP and has worked on projects for/with a number of artists, architects, activists, and nonprofit institutions, including the Canadian Centre for Architecture and Storefront for Art and Architecture. His texts have appeared in various places, most recently in The Museum is Not Enough (CCA/Sternberg Press).

Dana Golan Associate - Research & Visioning

Dana comes from a background of graphic design and photography. A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Comparative History of Ideas grew her interest in art history and cultural institutions. She has worked in communications with various nonprofits and photography agencies and is pursuing her own photographic practice.

Aileen Kwun Associate - Research & Visioning

Aileen Kwun is a writer, editor, producer, and consultant with an expertise in design and culture. She contributes to publications internationally and was  a senior editor at Dwell  and  Surface, as well as a founding member of Superscript and a strategist at  Project Projects. Her first book, Twenty Over Eighty: Conversations on a Lifetime in Architecture and Design, was published by Princeton Architectural Press.  Aileen  holds degrees from UC Berkeley, the Columbia Publishing Course, and the School of Visual Arts.