Major news in the world of architectural scholarship. Wim de Wit, Head of the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at the Getty Research Institute (GRI), is stepping down. He’s moving to Stanford, where he will be Adjunct Curator of architecture and design at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts. De Wit’s wife, Nancy Troy, has been a professor of art at Stanford since 2010.
Since coming to the Getty in 1993, de Wit has organized major exhibitions like Shaping the Great City: Modern Architecture in Central Europe, 1890-1937 (2001), Lessons from Bernard Rudofsky (2008), and the current show Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future. He also helped amass one of the finest architectural collections in the world, with particular strengths in pre-World War II European modernism and postwar California architecture. The GRI archives include papers and materials from John Lautner, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Pierre Koenig, Ray Kappe, Julius Shulman, Reyner Banham, Lebbeus Woods, Philip Johnson, Aldo Rossi, Bernard Rudofski, Daniel Libeskind, and Coop Himmelb(l)au, among many others.
De Wit’s last day at the Getty will be July 31. According to Getty spokesperson Julie Jaskol, the research institute will begin an “international search” for de Wit’s replacement. In the interim, Glenn Phillips will take over as acting head of the department.