Art Institute of Chicago Appoints New Chair of Architecture and Design Department

The Art Institute of Chicago has announced its intention to make London-born Zoe Ryan the new chair of its Architecture and Design Department in the coming months.

Ryan will take over the duties of Joseph Rosa, who left the department last year to run the University of Michigan’s art museum.

Ryan has been serving as the interim chair of the Architecture and Design Department since Rosa left several months ago, but it was not until Monday, May 2nd, that the Art Institute chose to appoint Ryan to the position permanently.

Effective July 1st, Ryan will begin running a department comprised of approximately 250,000 objects of architectural significance. She will also manage a staff of eight curators and administrative assistants, and she will take on most of Rosa’s curatorial duties as well.

Ryan—who has been living stateside for more than a decade—has worked at the Art Institute of Chicago since 2006. Prior to joining the museum, she worked for five years as the senior curator at the Van Alen Institute, a non-profit architectural group located in New York.

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