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Lord Cultural Resources is a global professional practice dedicated to creating cultural capital worldwide.

Lord Cultural Resources offers a comprehensive range of integrated services including master planning, business planning, feasibility studies, cultural and heritage tourism planning, strategic planning, facility planning, functional programming, architect selection, interpretive planning, exhibition design, project management, training and recruitment.

Our cultural projects include museums, mixed-use developments, cultural centres, art galleries, science centres, world expositions, visitor centres, heritage sites, festivals, theatres, archives, libraries and gardens. Our clients are in all sectors including private and public corporations, foundations, governments and non-profit institutions.

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Chicago Architectural Biennial Attracts More than Double the Attendees of Venice Architectural Biennale

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Chicago skyline, IL. Photo courtesy of Josh*m, flickr.com.

The organizers of the inaugural Chicago Architectural Biennial announced this week that the Biennial drew a total of 530,551 visitors to the main sites and dozens of offsite events throughout the city. The Chicago totals far exceed those of the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, which counted 228,000 visitors.

In 2013, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the city's first Cultural Plan in over 25 years and the impact of the Plan, facilitated by Lord Cultural Resources and led by DCASE has been unprecedented. The implementation of Chicago Architecture Biennial was one of Lord' key recommendations of the Chicago Cultural Plan and we are delighted to see its great success. Read more ...

Mexico's President Announces the new Museo Nacional de Energía y Tecnología (MUNET)

Museo Nacional de Energía y Tecnología (MUNET), Mexico. Photo courtesy of MUNET.

Located in Mexico City's celebrated Bosque de Chapultepec, the new Museo Nacional de Energía y Tecnología (MUNET), designed by a Mexican architect Enrique Norten, will house a world-class museum, an energy and technology educational institute for innovation and investigation, and a world energy congress center. MUNET’s mission is to become a centre of innovation, education, and entertainment to creats and communicate knowledge of these sectors for the broad public and prepare children and young people for careers in energy and technology. Lord Cultural Resources is honoured to be part of this prestigious project.
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Human Rights Day Marks the 67th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN
One of Lord Cultural Resources human rights projects: National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN

Sixty-seven years ago, the United Nations vowed to never again allow the atrocities of World War Two to be repeated. The nations of the world came together and wrote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming it to all on December 10th, 1948. Decades later, the words contained in that declaration have been given form. Museums and exhibitions were and still are created to educate all on the meaning and importance of our universal rights. Lord Cultural Resources is honored to have had the opportunity to advise many museums that celebrate human rights. Read more ...

World-class museum sets new standard in India

Bihar Museum
Photo: Bihar Museum, Patna, India.

The first phase of the Bihar Museum opened today in Patna, India- heralding a new era in Indian museums. The museum, designed by Tokyo based architects Maki and Associates was planned by Lord Cultural Resources, who also did the exhibition design, content development and quality control of exhibitions. Read more ...

How Urbanization is Changing Museums

On January 20, 2016, Gail Lord was the guest of the third UC Alumni Salon event at the University of Toronto, University College. She gave a great talk on Cities, Museums and Soft Power: How Urbanization is Changing Museums to a packed room. As the University College Alumna, she also provided some lovely reminiscences about her university days. Watch her presentation below.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Winnipeg Get Recognition

CMHR, Winnipeg, MB
Photo: Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg, MB, courtesy of CMHR.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) located in Winnipeg, MB won the National Cultural Tourism Award in Ottawa on December 2, 2015, and was named one of the seven best-looking buildings in Canada by Travel.com, an Australian travel website. In November 2015, National Geographic Travel named Winnipeg one of the best places to visit on earth on their list, Best Trips 2016. Congratulations to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights for winning the award and for being one of the main reasons why the city is getting recognition. Read more ...

Gail Lord Winner of 2015 Alumni of Influence Award

University College 2015 Alumni of Influence Award

Gail Lord, Co-president of Lord Cultural Resources has been honoured with the 2015 University College Alumna of Influence Award. The awards are made in the belief that the success stories of graduates should be known to today’s students and fellow alumni. Congratulations to Gail!
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"Manual of Museum Exhibitions, Second Edition", Receives the Ontario Museum Association Award of Excellence in Publications

The Manual of Museum Exhibitions, Second Edition, has received the 2015 Ontario Museum Association (OMA) Award of Excellence in Publications. Edited by Barry Lord, Co-President, and Maria Piacente, Vice President of Lord Cultural Resources, the Manual of Museum Exhibitions is a powerful piece in our flagship series of "Museum Manuals". Read more ...

Maria Piacente accepts the 2015 OMA Award. The award's moose sculpture designed by artist Charles Pachter.
Photo: Maria Piacente accepting the 2015 OMA Award of Excellence in Publications, Windsor, Ontario. The award's moose sculpture was designed by artist Charles Pachter.


Art for Tomorrow Conference
Doha, Qatar, March 15, 2016
Speaker: Gail Lord

CMA conference
Halifax, NS, April 11-15, 2016
Speaker: Brad King

Museum Next Conference:
The Future of Museums
Dublin, Ireland, April 18-20, 2016
Speakers: Baillie Card, Ngaire Blankenberg

Museum Education Roundtable
New York City, NY, May 2, 2016

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Cultural Capital Spring 2015

Our Spring issue of Cultural Capital newsletter dedicated to Cities, Museums and Soft Power is online. Read it online or view and print the PDF.

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Manual of Museum Exhibitions   Manual of Museum Exhibitions
Edited by Barry Lord & Maria Piacente
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Art and Energy   Art & Energy:
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