Kroloff Leaves Full-Time Post at Cranbrook

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SMITHGROUP'S ADDITION ALONGSIDE SAARINEN'S ORIGINAL MUSEUM. JIM HAEFNER

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Reed Kroloff will leave his full-time position as director of Michigan’s Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum for a part-time role, the academy announced Tuesday. In his stead, Cranbrook Trustee and Academy Governor Allan Rothfeder will serve as a special advisor to assist Cranbrook President Dominic DiMarco during the transition period.

Reed Kroloff.

Reed Kroloff.

Kroloff, who left New Orleans in 2007 to become the director of Cranbrook, presided over the construction of a new wing during his time as director. He also founded the academy’s first National Advisory Council and oversaw the formulation of a new strategic plan for the Bloomfield Hills, Mich. institution.

Kroloff was previously head of Architecture magazine and served as dean of architecture at Tulane University post-Katrina. He currently serves as an editorial advisor to The Architect’s Newspaper.

Cranbrook is the country’s top ranked, graduate-only program in architecture, design, and fine art, retaining just 150 students each year. Its iconic Eero and Eliel Saarinen-designed campus was a favorite subject of modernist photographer Balthazar Korab.

“We’re sad that Reed will be leaving us next year,” DiMarco said in a statement, “but are confident that Reed and Allan will be a great working team during this transition of leadership.”

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