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Vanessa Kassabian



  • Architecture
  • Museums
  • Performing Arts
  • Principal
Vanessa Kassabian
  • Principal
“What I love best about working as a designer is that the possibilities are endless. The breadth of design can range from an everyday item to an entire city. Design has the power to bring people together and enrich lives.”

Vanessa is a Cultural+Performing Arts design leader based out of DLR Group's New York office. She works closely with teams across the firm to facilitate design discussions and provide critical guidance on considerations around site, programming, massing, aesthetics, and execution. Vanessa has extensive experience designing for significant cultural programs throughout the United States, as well as in Canada and Mexico. As a strong proponent of collaboration and an integrated design approach, Vanessa works to foster client, consultant, and internal design team relationships from concept design to construction completion.

“When different perspectives come together it creates a richer environment holistically. Team members each bring their own strength to a project, and as a design leader, it’s my job to combine those strengths and produce the best possible outcome for each project.” 

Born and raised in Texas, Vanessa is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional. As a champion for the power of design, Vanessa focuses a great deal of her time on educating and mentoring the next generation of designers and has served as a visiting professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and a guest lecturer at the Haifa International Waterfront Conference in Haifa, Israel. She previously led a research-based design workshop at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design, and has served as a studio critic at Columbia University, the Pratt Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Syracuse University, and the University of Pennsylvania.