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Storefront for Art and Architecture Launches International Call for New Director

United States - Apr 13, 2018 - 06:54   714 views

Storefront for Art and Architecture has announced that Executive Director and Chief Curator Eva Franch i Gilabert has been appointed as the next Director of the Architectural Association after a competitive international search. After her appointment, the organisation has launched an international call for a new Director. 

After nearly eight years serving at Storefront, Franch will leave the organization and relocate to London for her new role. The board and staff of Storefront congratulate Franch on this important appointment, and publicly launch an international call for Storefront's next Director, effective today. Franch was Storefront's fourth director, following Joseph Grima, Sarah Herda, and co-founders Kyong Park and Shirin Neshat.

Since 2010, Franch has continued a legacy of innovative programming in Storefront's New York gallery space with exhibitions on issues as varied and important as the sharing movement (Sharing Models), real estate development (Letters to the Developer and Work in Progress), speculative design (Past Futures, Present Futures), corporate philanthropy (No Shame: Storefront for Sale), design activism (Strategies for Public Occupation) and the power of representation (The Drawing Trilogy), among many others. Franch's legacy includes expanding Storefront's event series, as well as commissioning and editing key publications such as the OfficeUS  trilogy, and the Manifesto Series.

"Franch has also radically expanded the institution's mission and presence internationally, bringing Storefront to over 25 cities around the world through projects such as Letters to the Mayor, Storefront International Series, World Wide Storefront, and OfficeUS, a global experiment on the making of architecture, history, and work that served as the centerpiece of the US Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale," stated Storefront for Art and Architecture.

During her tenure, Franch has expanded the institutional footprint with administrative and archive facilities that have enabled the development of Storefront's organizational capacity and have contributed to the digitization of its historical archive.

The New York Architecture Book Fair, Storefront's most recent special initiative, is Franch's latest project. She will remain at Storefront until its launch in June 2018.

In the interim period between Franch's departure and the appointment of a new Director, Jinny Khanduja will serve as Deputy Director, overseeing the transition on behalf of Storefront's staff.

"Eva brought a level of energy and rigor to Storefront's programming that was unprecedented. While we are sad to see her go, we are thrilled that Storefront has been so instrumental in her nomination to head one of the most important architectural institutions in the world. We wish her the best of luck," said Charles Renfro, President of Storefront's Board of Directors.

Applying for the Position

To apply for this position, please email a curriculum vitae and a one-page letter of interest as a single PDF to: search@storefrontnews.org. Application Deadline: May 4th, 2018. See details about the position on Storefront for Art and Architecture's website

Top image: "Past Futures, Present Futures." Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2011. Image © Naho Kubota.

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