M21D helps people develop a greater understanding of twenty-first-century design that positively impacts society and the environment. We do so by discovering, studying, and amplifying design that prioritizes community needs, nurtures humans and our surroundings, and reflects the cultures of the people that made it. These designs reside in our digital collections, along with research into their measurable social or environmental impacts. M21D involves as many people as possible in its projects. Through programming, exhibitions, and a digital collection, we foster conversations that investigate design’s role in creating a better future.

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Kurt Andersen

Kurt is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Evil Geniuses (2020) and Fantasyland (2017), as well as the bestselling novels You Can’t Spell America Without Me (2017), True Believers (2012), Heyday (2007), and Turn of the Century (1999). He co-founded Spy magazine and co-created and hosted Studio 360, a Peabody Award-winning public radio show about art and pop culture that aired for twenty years, and co-produced and hosted the podcast Nixon at War (2021). Andersen is also a journalist — former New Yorker columnist and staff writer, Time’s design and architecture critic and columnist, and New York Magazine editor-in-chief and columnist. Kurt has also written for television, film, and stage. In addition to being an avid observer of the peculiar triumphs, contradictions, and quirks of the American experiment, Andersen has served on the boards of the Pratt Institute, the Harvard Lampoon, and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum.

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Kimberlie Birks, Chairperson

Kimberlie is a New York-based art and design writer. Her writing can be found in publications such as Dwell, Domus, Metropolis, Azure, and on CNN.com. She is the author of Design for Children, a century-wide survey of beautifully designed objects for children, published by Phaidon in 2018. Birks is the co-founder of Creative States, a research studio exploring how design can seed the vital shift from self-serving to life-affirming economies. She holds a BA cum laude in the history of art from Brown University, and an MFA in design history and criticism at the School of Visual Arts, New York. 

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Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA

Wendy is the founder of Studio Joseph, a multidisciplinary firm overseeing architecture and exhibition design projects throughout the entire building process from concept to occupancy. The studio’s work reflects Joseph's passion for art, museums, and public education, demonstrated through work with partners and clients including Museum of the City of New York, Martin Luther King Library, MIT Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, Columbia University, and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, among others. Joseph received the Rome Prize in Architecture and is an Academician of the National Academy of Design. She was president of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects as well as the Architectural League of New York. Wendy has served as a board member of the American Ballet Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, and City as Living Laboratory. Prior to founding the studio, Joseph worked for Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

The Team

M21D is a cultural ANBI-Stichting (non-profit foundation) registered in the Netherlands. The management board consists of Vera Sacchetti (Chair), Nienke Binnendijk (Secretary), and Ben Cerveny (Treasurer). The board members receive no remuneration of any kind for their activities.

The Foundation's Chamber of Commerce (KvK) number is 82347948. The tax number (RSIN-number) is 8624.28.531. Read the M21D policy plan.

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