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Reed Kroloff Appointed Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art

By ArchNewsNow
May 4, 2007

Following a seven-month national search, Reed Kroloff has been appointed director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, effective September 1, 2007. Currently dean of the Tulane University School of Architecture and the former editor-in-chief of Architecture magazine, Kroloff will succeed Gerhardt Knodel, who is retiring from the Academy after more than 30 years of service.


During his tenure at Tulane, Kroloff had a significant impact on the school. He arrived there one year before Hurricane Katrina and helped lead the School to recovery and prominence in the post-storm environment, including raising $3 million in gifts and research grants; retaining 97% of the School's students and 100% of its faculty after the storm; and playing a significant role in citywide planning and rebuilding efforts. He was the recipient of the American Academy in Rome's 2003 Rome Prize Fellowship.


Before joining Architecture in 1995, Kroloff taught at Arizona State University, where he was a tenured professor, and the assistant dean. At ASU, he received the first-ever "Award for Academic Excellence" from the Arizona chapter of the American Institute of Architects.


Through his practice Jones/Kroloff Design Services, Kroloff advises a range of institutions on architect selection and design strategy. His clients have included, among others, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Ministry of Culture of the Federal Government of Mexico, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, the University of Connecticut, the History Channel, and Detroit's own Motown Center Project.


Kroloff lectures widely, and is a regular visiting critic at architecture schools and professional organizations across the country. He holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Yale University, and has practiced architecture in Texas and Arizona. Kroloff serves on numerous boards and advisory councils, ranging from the Register of Peer Professionals of the United States General Services Administration to the Public Architecture Foundation.