SHFT+ALT+DEL: September 7, 2012

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Denver Art Museum has appointed William Morrow as its curator of contemporary art. Morrow was the founding director of the 21c Museum in Louisville, KY, where he gained recognition for developing programming to introduce wider audiences to contemporary art.

NYC-based architect David Katz has launched Katz Consulting, a new branch of his firm that will work with management companies and co-op and condo boards through building, design and maintenance projects.

Trespa Design Centre New York announced the appointment of Steve Manning as President of Trespa North America. Manning comes the building products company Ardex Americas, where he served as president and supervised   North and South American businesses.

Parsons The New School for Design has appointed two new deans:  Anne Gaines as the new dean of its School of Art, Media and Technology and of Alison Mears as dean of its School of Design Strategies. Other Parsons news: Bill Morrish, dean of the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons since 2009, will step down and rotate into a full-time teaching and research position. Faculty member David J. Lewis, principal at Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects, will serve as interim dean during a search for Moorish’s successor.

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IIT Names Wiel Arets New Architecture Dean

Wiel Arets. (Image courtesy The Illinois Institute of Technology.)

Wiel Arets. (Courtesy Illinois Institute of Technology)

The Illinois Institute of Technology named Dutch designer Wiel Arets as the new dean of its architecture school Tuesday. Currently a professor at the Berlin University for the Arts, Arets will replace Donna Robertson.

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Moving Time on the West Coast.  (chirastar/Flickr) It’s that time again. With the economy still gasping, it’s time for struggling firms to get bought by behemoths and for other firms to split up. Among the rumors we’ve been hearing, LA firm Kanner Architects is rumored to be close to being swallowed by New York firm Ronnette Riley. Dan Meis, who only just recently left Populous to go off on his own, may soon get bought out, although we’re not sure by whom. And after Phoenix-based Will Bruder’s partners recently bought him out his firm Will Bruder + Partners is now split into two firms called WORKSBUREAU and Will Bruder Architects. Why can’t we just stay together anymore? (Image: chirastar/Flickr)


SHFT+ALT+DEL: August 3, 2012

Friday, August 3, 2012

Melissa Feldman has stepped into the role of East Coast Editor for Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Prior to this, Feldman was a freelance design writer whose work appeared in The New York Times, The New York Post, and Azure among other publications. She previously served as Senior Style Editor at House & Garden magazine.

Brien McDaniel was appointed Assistant Director of Communications at the Museum of Modern Art. Until July, McDaniel was the Director of PR for architecture firm FXFowle.

The Rhode Island School of Design has tapped Pradeep Sharma as dean of architecture. Sharma, who starts this fall, comes to Providence from the Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University in England.

New York School of Interior Design has appointed David Sprouls as president of the college. Sprouls became Acting President in January, following tenures as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions for the school.

Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates has officially evolved to VSBA, with president and principal Daniel K. McCoubrey at the helm. McCoubrey leads the firm with principal Nancy Rogo Trainer.




Safe Harbor?  Safe Harbor? If you need to turn around an aircraft carrier, it helps to have an experienced captain on board. Maybe that’s the strategy behind RMJM’s rumored choice of Danish shipping exec Jesper Bo Hansen to lead its New York office. Hansen has spent the last two decades not in architecture but in the shipping biz, first at cargo giant Maersk and most recently at Torm. Maybe he’ll instate some ship to shore protocols at RMJM, whose financial management woes have played out publicly in recent years. As Bjarke Ingels might say, held og lykke—good luck, Jesper!


SHFT+ALT+DEL: July 13, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

Quentin Bajac will become the chief curator of photography at MoMA in January 2013. Bajac is currently at Centre Pompidou, Musée Nationale d’art moderne in Paris, where he has led the photography department since 2007. He will succeed Peter Galassi, who retired from MoMA as chief photography curator in 2011.

Mason Currey joined Print magazine as executive editor. Previously, he was managing editor at Metropolis.

Trinity Simons has been named director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD), an organization that helps mayors prepare for the role as chief urban designers of their cities. Simons previously was a program officer in the Wellesley, Massachusetts office of Enterprise Community Partners.

Michael Graves, Steven Holl Named Academicians of the National Academy

East, National, Shft+Alt+Del
Thursday, June 28, 2012


The National Academy on 5th Avenue in New York. (Courtesy National Academy)

The National Academy on 5th Avenue in New York. (Courtesy National Academy)

On June 28th, the academicians of the National Academy welcomed 23 newly elected members, recognized for their contribution to American art and architecture. This year, the nominees included artists working in video, photography, and installation, further reinforcing the National Academy’s mission of promoting art across America.  The roster of over 2,000 academicians includes famous pioneers of early American art such as Thomas Cole and seminal architects such as Philip Johnson.

Fukuoka hotel by Michael Graves. (courtesy National Academy)

This year’s inductees include visual artists such as Cindy Sherman and Bruce Nauman and architects Steven Holl and Michael Graves. Chosen annually by their peers, the elected members contributed representative work to the Academy’s permanent collection of over 7,000 artworks, architectural drawings, photographs, and models.

SHFT+ALT+ DEL: June 1, 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

D.B. Kim has joined Daroff Design as a principal and will lead the firm’s luxury hotel and resort practice. Kim was previously at Pierre-Yves Rochon and prior to that at Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

Design Trust for Public Space‘s executive director Susan Chin was elected Vice President of the 2013-2014 AIA National Board at the recent national convention in Washington, D.C.

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Times Columnist Slatalla Takes a Walk in the Garden.  Times Columnist Slatalla Takes a Walk in the Garden Remodelista has just launched a new site dedicated to the outdoor life The editor is Michelle Slatalla, a former New York Times columnist and current writer for Real Simple. With Gardenista, “we aim to make gardening accessible, the way Remodelista demystified—while celebrating—interior design,” Slatalla said.


Mark Robbins, Dean of Photography

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Thursday, May 10, 2012
Mark Robbins.

Mark Robbins.

Syracuse University’s School of Architecture will need a new dean before summer. New York City’s International Center of Photography (ICP) has announced that Mark Robbins the current dean of the school will become its next Executive Director. Robbins worked tirelessly to utilize Syracuse’s intellectual and design resources to bring life and new ideas to the dying college city and will be hard for the school to replace. But perhaps his skill at jump starting building projects will be useful in helping ICP find a new Manhattan gallery space befitting their mission and world class collection. Robbins will move out of his dramatic Syracuse bank townhouse and back to his hometown by July 1.

Kazi Leaving Van Alen

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Olympia Kazi.

Olympia Kazi. (Lila Sotiriou)

Olympia Kazi has resigned as executive director of the Van Alen Institute one year and a day since the opening of Van Alen Books, possibly her most visible contribution to the 100-year-old organization known for its engagement with pressing urban issues through competitions, exhibitions, research, and public programs.

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SHFT+ALT+DEL: April 27

Friday, April 27, 2012

 John Gourlay is tapped to be executive publisher of Metropolis magazine. Gourlay’s previous magazine publishing creds include Harvard Business Review, Foreign Affairs, Utne Reader, Audubon, and American Craft.

 SB Architects appoints Emilio Perez as head of its Miami office. Specializing in hospitality and mixed-use projects, Perez worked with Gensler, Portman Associates, Cap Cana Resorts, and Royal Caribbean before joining SB.

Barry Bergdoll, the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA, has been elected to the 2012 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read More

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