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About Us

Lord Cultural Resources is the global practice leader in cultural sector planning. Since 1981, we have helped to create, plan, and operate cultural spaces and places in more than 460 cities, in 57 countries and six continents.

We are thinkers, collaborators, and problem solvers

We employ a human-centric approach to all our projects, engaging with stakeholders, communities, and subject matter experts, to ensure that visitor and user needs, and expectations are first and foremost in an ever- evolving and competitive market. Our team of designers and architects, planners, writers, market and financial specialists and experience creators apply their expertise to a wide spectrum of cultural projects, offering a broad range of integrated services.

We plan and develop implementable solutions, help create new visitor experiences and craft visionary strategies for museums, universities, mixed-use developments, cultural centers, art galleries, science centers, world expositions, visitor centers, heritage sites, festivals, theaters, archives, libraries, gardens, conservatories, and arboreta around the world.

We write the textbooks

In addition to this extensive practical planning experience, Lord Cultural Resources has made a
definitive contribution to the development of museum planning through its pioneering publications. Our Manual of Museum Planning – an exhaustive 350-page guide considered to be the authoritative text on the subject – was originally published in 1991 and has since been released in a third edition in 2012. See all our publications.

Our Commitment to Diversity

At Lord Cultural Resources, we live diversity and inclusion through our teams in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, Mumbai, China, and Europe who communicate in 15 languages. We strengthen belonging, learning, and gaining strength from the many communities of gender, culture, race, and ethnicity we serve.

Land Acknowledgement

Our Toronto office is located within the traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. Toronto is home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Our New York office is located on the traditional lands of the Lenape peoples. Our Long Beach office is located on the land of the Tongva/Gabrieleño and the Acjachemen/Juaneño Nations, who have lived and continue to live here. We encourage you to acknowledge the presence of the people who came before, wherever you are.

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Our Publications

Museum Development in China
Museum Development in China
Edited by Gail Dexter Lord, Guan Qiang, An Laishun, Javier Jimenez
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Manual of Digital Museum Planning
Manual of Digital Museum Planning
Edited by Ali Hossaini and Ngaire Blankenberg with Gail Lord and Barry Lord
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The Manual of Strategic Planning for Cultural Organizations
The Manual of Strategic Planning for Cultural Organizations
by Gail Dexter Lord and Kate Markert
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Cities, Museums, and Soft Power
by Gail Lord and Ngaire Blankenberg
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The Manual of Museum Learning
The Manual of Museum Learning
Second Edition, by Brad King and Barry Lord
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Manual of Museum Exhibitions
Second Edition, Edited by Barry Lord and Maria Piacente
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Art & Energy: How Culture Changes
By Barry Lord
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Manual of Museum Planning
Edited by Barry Lord, Gail Dexter Lord, and Lindsay Martin
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Artists, Patrons, and the Public: Why Culture Changes
by Barry Lord and Gail Dexter Lord
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The Manual of Museum Management
Second Edition, by Barry Lord and Gail Dexter Lord
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