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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.



The Canadian Museum for Human Rights Opens on September 20

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Photo: the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), Winnipeg, MB. Image source: humanrights.ca.

Join the celebration online or on live TV no matter where you are. The FREE events are: the nationally broadcast Canadian Concert for Human Rights - Saturday evening, September 20; over 25 daytime performances and activities - Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21; a special free “preview tour” through selected galleries inside the Museum, on Saturday and Sunday.

Please visit the CMHR website for the full schedule of events.

World Architecture News Interview

Lord Cultural Resources was featured in the Interview section of the 15 July issue of News Review of World Architecture News. The full article is accessible here.

University of Manitoba and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Offer a Course on Human Rights

Canadian Museum for Human Rights will open September 20, 2014
Photo: Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). Image source: humanrights.ca.

This summer, the University of Manitoba offered a brand new course "Teaching and Leading for Human Rights Education" that was developed and delivered in collaboration with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). The course offered teachers an opportunity to take an in-depth and critical look at human rights and human rights education. Teachers explored the histories and rights of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples to ponder how these issues can—and must be—examined more deeply within our classrooms and how might we, individually and collectively, think within a human rights framework and consider actions that will make the world more just. Read more here.

ZOOM Children's Museum Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

ZOOM Kindermuseum (ZOOM Children’s Museum) is one of the largest and most important cultural establishments for children in Austria. Opened in 2001 in Vienna’s famed Museums Quartier, ZOOM offers trend-setting exhibits. Lord Cultural Resources completed the feasibility study and development plan for the Museum in 1993.

ZOOM Children’s Museum
Photo: ZOOM Children’s Museum. Image source: www.kindermuseum.at.

Today, ZOOM Children’s Museum is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with new and ambitious plans to open a satellite children’s museum in the new Weltmuseum in the Hofburg. Congratulations!

Read Gail Lord's article published in the Museum's commemorative book.

Fort York Visitor Centre Opens on September 20

Fort York Visitor Centre, Toronto
Photo: Fort York Visitor Centre, Toronto. Image source: www.canadianarchitect.com.

Fort York Visitor Centre designed by Patkau Architects & Kearns Mancini Architects opens to the public on September 20, 2014 after a restoration, redevelopment and revitalization of the 43-acre national historic site where urban Toronto was founded in 1793. Fort York was the location of a major battle during which British, Canadian and First Nations combatants defended the Town of York (Toronto) against US forces during the War of 1812.

Lord Cultural Resources was commissioned to develop a Facilities Plan to serve as the foundation for the design and construction of the Visitor Centre, and a Business Plan.

Fort York Visitor Centre will be hosting Magna Carta exhibition designed and developed by Lord Cultural Resources in the fall of 2015.

The Museum of AIDS in Africa

The Museum of AIDS in Africa is already a travelling pop-up exhibition
Photo: The Museum of AIDS in Africa is already a travelling pop-up exhibition. Image source: www.facebook.com/TheMuseumOfAidsInAfrica

The Museum of AIDS in Africa (MAA) aims to transform the individual and social response to the African AIDS epidemic by honouring those who have lost their lives, empowering those infected and affected, and building knowledge about the history, science and response to the pandemic, to support the ultimate goal of an Africa free from AIDS. The Museum of AIDS in Africa is working towards opening in a new dedicated building in South Africa. The MAA is already a travelling exhibit, a pop-up museum that was on display most recently at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Ngaire Blankenberg, Principal Consultant, Lord Cultural Resources, and Stephanie Nolen, a Canadian journalist and foreign correspondent at The Globe and Mail are co-founders of the Museum. Read more here.

Chicago Plans Global Architecture Biennial for 2015

The City of Chicago has announced that in 2015 it will launch an international exhibition of cutting-edge architecture, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which will alternate years with the famed Venice Architecture Biennale.

Chicago, IL
Chicago architecture. Image source: Podas Info.
Photo By Jeff Schewe.

"One of the goals is to firmly cement Chicago's identity as a cultural destination," said Michelle Boone, commissioner of the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the agency working on the biennial. "We have all this here. We think it's time that the rest of the world knew it too."

One year ago, 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. Gail Lord, Co-President of Lord commented: “I am thrilled that one of our key cultural planning recommendations -- the Chicago Architecture Biennial -- is being implemented. I explained to Mayor Emanuel that 'Chicago is to modern architecture what Florence is to the Renaissance' and he moved on it."

Read more in The Chicago Tribune's article.


Manual of Museum Exhibitions

Get our latest book Manual of Museum Exhibitions, 2nd edition, edited by Barry Lord and Maria Piacente, published by www.rowman.com. Drawing on years of experience and top-flight expertise, Barry Lord and Maria Piacente detail the exhibition process in a straightforward way that can be easily adapted by institutions of any size. They explore the exhibition development process in greater detail, providing the technical and practical methodologies museum professionals need today. Order now and get 30% DISCOUNT using the Promo Code: 4M14MME3.

Manual of Museum Exhibitions  Art and Energy

Art & Energy

The latest book by Barry Lord, Art & Energy, traces how the development of each new source of energy, from the prehistoric mastery of fire to renewable energy today, becomes a powerful engine of cultural change. Order now at the Alliance Bookstore or University of Chicago Press, or contact bookstore@aam-us.org / tel: (202) 218-7099. For upcoming events, visit book webpage.


Gail Lord, Co-President, will be speaking about "New museums in the 21st century", at the University of Toronto, October 1, 2014 at 12:30pm.

Gail Lord, Co-President, will participate in Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art's (MOCCA) upcoming panel, "The Builders", in Toronto on October 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm.

Javier Jimenez, Senior Consultant, will present “Three pillars for Museum Sustainability: Long-term Strategy, Capable Personnel, and Engaged Communities” at ICOM-ICTOP Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, October 21-25, 2014.

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Cultural Capital Spring 2014

Our Spring issue of Cultural Capital newsletter dedicated to Exhibitions is online.
Get the PDF version or read it online.

Cultural Capital Spring 2014