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Cultural + Performing Arts

Below, you will find highlights of our museums, campus arts work, and performing arts venues + amphitheaters, as well as thought leadership, project milestones, and key contact information.

Museum of Science & History

Museum of Science & History (MOSH) Rendering ⓒ DLR Group
Project Milestone

Design Renderings Revealed for the Museum of Science & History (MOSH)

May 4, 2022

The new building will be an iconic cultural institution on the waterfront for Jacksonville. Our concept is inspired by the movement and flow of the St. Johns River that has played such an important role in the history of the city.

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The Ismaili Center

rendering of world's seventh ismaili center; a glass and stone building with a second level terrace overlooking a green park
The Ismaili Center in Houston. Rendering © Imara Houston Inc.
Firm News

Ismaili Center to be Houston's Newest Cultural Asset

November 16, 2021

DLR Group is leading the team of architectural partners responsible for delivering a venue dedicated to educational, cultural, and social events.

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Firm News+Ideas

Future Thinking + Milestones

Leadership

Connect With Our Team

If you don't meet them at a gallery or sit next to them at the theater, you can find their contact info here.

Paul Westlake

Global Cultural+Performing Arts Leader Senior Principal

Paul Westlake

FAIA, IIDA
Global Cultural+Performing Arts Leader Senior Principal
Paul directs the firm’s Cultural+Performing Arts studio collaborating with a diverse range of clients, including Broadway producers; premier performing arts centers, orchestras, and conservatories of music; major museums; and academic arts institutions. He has cultivated a team of designers and technicians specializing in the arts that has developed an internationally recognized portfolio of award-winning design.

Vanessa Kassabian

Senior Design Leader Principal

Vanessa Kassabian

AIA, LEED AP
Senior Design Leader Principal
Vanessa is a Cultural+Performing Arts design leader. 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, Mexico, and Asia.

Dennis Bree

Cultural+Performing Arts Design Leader Principal

Dennis Bree

AIA, LEED AP
Cultural+Performing Arts Design Leader Principal
Dennis is an expert in the design of cultural and performing arts facilities, frequently leading product research, design work sessions, and detail development. He is a strong believer in the role projects play as centers of community, learning, and expression. Dennis is also a faculty associate at the Design School at Arizona State University, where he has taught undergraduate design studios in architecture.

Carol Duke

National Business Development Leader Principal

Carol Duke

Associate AIA
National Business Development Leader Principal
As a principal, Carol leads client development and strategy to expand the firm’s international Cultural+Performing Arts Studio. Her long-range planning and commitment to equitable community-building supports projects at a high level, resulting in exceptional, inspiring design solutions.

Christina Kruise

Business Operations Funding Specialist Associate

Christina Kruise

Business Operations Funding Specialist Associate
Christina is a business operations and fundraising specialist. Her natural curiosity and lifelong love for the arts led Christina to a career focused on development and planning for cultural facilities, working to ensure these spaces are equitable, accessible, inclusive, and representative of the communities in which they exist. An experienced practitioner, Christina has a deep understanding of the forces and trends at work in the arts and cultural sector, and how these elements impact the choices being made for a facility. She appreciates how the nuances of each project and client require individualized attention and care to arrive at the best solution.

Patrick Barrett

Theatrical Design Leader Senior Associate

Patrick Barrett

ASTC
Theatrical Design Leader Senior Associate
Patrick leads theater design as part of the firm’s Integrated Technology Design Group. Based in New York, he focuses on planning spaces and designing systems for the arts to support a wide range of performances. Patrick and his team focus on how patrons will interact with the building and how performers and technicians can ultimately use the space.

Jonathan Hopkins

Acoustics Leader Principal

Jonathan Hopkins

Acoustics Leader Principal
Jonathan leads our award-winning acoustic design team. He has experience working in performing arts and museum environments to deliver the unique sensory experiences of sound for patrons of premier spaces around the globe. Jonathan is a lifelong musician, studying voice, piano, and saxophone performance, as well as music theory.

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