The Cranbrook Art Academy has appointed Reed Kroloff, the current dean of Tulane University’s architecture school, as its director. Kroloff will assume his new post at the school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, on July 1. He was selected after a seven-month-long search and review of 150 candidates nationwide.
Kroloff’s time at Tulane, which began in the fall of 2004, was marked by tumult. After shepherding the school through its dislocation and resettlement during the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he played an integral role in helping it to retain nearly all students and faculty after the storm. In addition, the school’s new CITYbuild program initiated design programs to aid in the recovery of local neighborhoods. More controversial, though, was Kroloff’s work with the Bring New Orleans Back Commission Urban Planning Committee. The group’s action plan sparked protest from community members who feared that their houses were threatened by the development of new parks. Moreover, Kroloff’s public statements and articles, on topics ranging from New Urbanism to race, raised eyebrows within the architectural community.