Architecture and the Interior: Presenting Objects in a Domestic or Museum Setting

Sir John Soane’s Museum

August 2023 / New York, NY

This panel, led by Columbia University Professor of Art History Barry Bergdoll, engages in discussions with Annabelle Selldorf and Bruce Boucher, Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum, about the connection between architecture and the presentation of art. Focusing on the innovative design of the Soane Museum and its influence on modern art display, the conversation also highlights Selldorf Architects’ renovation of The Frick Collection and its temporary space, the Marcel Breuer building in New York.



November 2022 / London, UK

Annabelle Selldorf delivered the annual keynote lecture for the American Institute of Architects UK (AIA) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In her lecture, following an introductory presentation of a selection of recent and current projects by Selldorf Architects, Annabelle shared the firm’s design approach for the National Gallery’s NG200 project which will provide a more welcoming and inclusive experience for the Sainsbury Wing and the public realm.

Architects in Conversation: To Build for Art | Annabelle Selldorf

Yale Center for British Art

March 2022 / New Haven, CT

Annabelle Selldorf spoke with Deborah Berke, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, at the Yale Center for British Art for the school’s “To Build For Art” series. Honoring the work of Louis I. Kahn, this series aims to explore the multifaceted role of museum design in the context of contemporary concerns with speakers considering the aesthetic, practical, historical, and ethical implications of how architecture influences the way we experience art.

The Work We Do


April 2022 / Portland, ME

Architalx, whose mission is to broaden the public’s awareness and understanding of architecture and design, invited Annabelle Selldorf to speak at the Aura in Portland, Maine. Annabelle spoke about how Selldorf Architects has benefitted, grown, and strengthened its architectural expertise through the discussion of some of the firm’s most representative projects, including Neue Gallery, Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility, David Zwirner’s 20th Street Gallery, and the Frick Madison amongst others.


the San Diego Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

April 2021 / San Diego, CA

The Axline Lecture is presented annually by the San Diego Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) honoring the endowments that Jackie and Rea Axline bestowed on both institutions in 1999. Annabelle Selldorf delivered the 21st Axline Lecture on April 29, 2021. During her presentation, Annabelle discussed some of the firm’s public and private projects that manifest a clear and modern sensibility to enduring impact including MCASD’s renovation and expansion.


AIANY Women in Architecture Committee and the Boston Society for Architecture Women in Design

November 2021 / New York, NY

For the Design + Practice Exchange, a symposium of conversations and presentations centering on voices of women in architecture, Annabelle Selldorf opened the two-day conference on November 19 with a keynote address on how she navigated the pandemic and post-pandemic period. She shared how the pandemic changed the way she and her team work, and how the firm’s current projects, including the Shaker Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, continued to progress throughout the many months.

Brown University Lecture – Architects in Conversation: Annabelle Selldorf

Brown University

September 2021 / Providence, RI

In connection with the Raymond Hood and the American Skyscraper exhibition, Brown University hosted several conversations with contemporary architects.  On September 11, Annabelle participated in the first of these with Dietrich Neumann, professor of History of Art and Architecture and director of Urban Studies, and Jonathan Duval, a PhD student in the History of Art and Architecture at Brown.  The discussion covered a range of topics, including Annabelle’s early career development and current projects at the firm.

Frieze x The Frick Collection: A Digital Conversation

Frieze x The Frick Collection

April 2021 / New York, NY

The Frick Collection and Frieze co-hosted a digital conversation on the occasion of the opening of Frick Madison. Annabelle joined the conversation with Dr. Xavier F. Salomon, Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at the Frick Collection, moderated by Victoria Siddall, Board Director at Frieze, and introduced by Nathan Clements-Gillespie, Artistic Director for Frieze Masters.

Frick Madison – Serendipity and Possibility

AIA New York & the Center for Architecture

March 2021 / New York, NY

The AIA New York hosted a panel discussion about The Frick Collection’s temporary new home at Frick Madison, within the Breuer Building on 78th and Madison.

Anna Boatwright, Head of Business Strategy & Development, and Carolyn W. Straub, Associate Director for Capital Projects, of The Frick Collection were joined by Annabelle Selldorf, Principal at Selldorf Architects, and Stephen Saitas, Principal at Stephen Saitas Designs, to discuss the strategy and design to juxtapose the collection of Old Masters, such as Bellini, Rembrandt, and Vermeer, within the confines of a Brutalist 20th-century landmark building.

University of Massachusetts Lecture

UMASS Department of Arhitecture

September 2019 / Amherst, MA

A discussion of recent projects at The University of Massachusetts Amherst as part of the fall 2019 lecture series.

A Discussion on The Frick Collection

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA)

June 2019 / New York, NY

The ICAA hosted a discussion with Ian Wardropper, Director of The Frick Collection and Annabelle Selldorf on the proposed expansion and enhancement to The Frick Collection’s building in New York City. The ICAA filmed the discussion, which can be viewed here in its entirety. Ian Wardropper began with an overview of the goals for the project outlining the pressing institutional and programmatic needs. Annabelle Selldorf, Principal of Selldorf Architects, then presented the proposed plans which creates critical new resources for permanent collection display and special exhibitions, conservation, education, and public programs, while upgrading visitor amenities and overall accessibility.

Gil Oberfield Memorial Lecture: Annabelle Selldorf


May 2019 / New York, NY

The annual Oberfield lecture was founded as a memorial to Gil Oberfield, AIA, former member and chair of the AIANY Interiors Committee. The lecture brings to the podium speakers whose work excels in the field of interior architecture.