Art Institute of Chicago Names Zoe Ryan as New Chair of Architecture and Design Departments

Following our post from earlier this morning about Cathleen McGuigan taking over at Architectural Record, today is clearly the day to announce Revolving Door news. Looking back to just over a year ago, you might recall that the Art Institute of Chicago announced that their chief curator of their architecture and design departments, Joseph Rosa, had tendered his resignation, leaving to take over as the director of the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art. At the time of his departure, his right-hand woman, Zoe Ryan, was named as his interim replacement. Now, after her year-long trial run, it’s been made official: she will become the permanent, full-time new chair of both departments, effective July 1st. Here’s a bit from the Chicago Tribune‘s Blair Kamin on what Ryan has planned:

Asked about her priorities, Ryan said she was happy to return to an interdisciplinary focus on architecture and design after her years as a design curator. Referring to Rosa, she added: “I’m keen to build on what Joe and I have worked on, taking the collection from its regional focus to a more international focus.” Another priority, she said, would be to focus on landscape architecture, and not just parks and plazas.

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