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Reed Kroloff named new dean of IIT's College of Architecture

Reed Kroloff will be the next Rowe Family Dean of the IIT College of Architecture. (Andrew Conner/Courtesy Illinois Institute of Technology)

Reed Kroloff has been named the new dean of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) College of Architecture in Chicago. The news comes after an extensive search and two years after the school’s last permanent dean, Wiel Arets, exited his five-year term due to rumored frustrations from faculty.

Kroloff is principal of jones|kroloff, an advisory practice that has helped lead architect selection processes for major design competitions, educational institutions, businesses, and nonprofits around the world. He previously served as the director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, as dean of Tulane University‘s School of Architecture, and as editor-in-chief of Architecture Magazine, the predecessor to ARCHITECT.

Kroloff holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.  He joins an esteemed list of leaders as IIT’s newest dean—a position first held 80 years ago by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

“As an unapologetic modernist, I’m excited to be part of an institution that has been—and remains—so central to the history and practice of architecture,” said Kroloff in a statement. “There is no more significant laboratory for modern architecture than this school and its campus, nor a more auspicious moment to join Chicago’s only design- and tech-focused university than during the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus.”

Kroloff will begin his deanship this fall with the 2019-2020 academic year. 

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