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Storefront for Art and Architecture seeks new director

As last month's architecture news flurry made clear, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Storefront for Art and Architecture's inimitable curator and director, is leaving New York for London to lead the Architectural Association (AA) after eight years at Storefront. In response to Franch's imminent departure, the organization's Board of Directors has started the hunt for a new leader.

The job description for chief curator and executive director was drafted by select members of the board and released to the public today. (Full disclosure: William Menking, The Architect's Newspaper's editor in chief, serves on Storefront's board.) As pretty much everyone on the New York architecture scene knows, Storefront isn't a staid institution—it's known for curating oddball shows on topics like sex and the built environment, as well as lectures centered on abstruse architectural theory (for the true heads only). Like any nonprofit leader, though, the new director and curator will also have to fundraise in addition to managing Storefront's programming. Per the job description, ideal candidates should have relevant curatorial experience in design, architecture, and art; a strong local and international network in those fields; experience in communications; and the requisite suite of leadership soft skills, like being able to manage a team and not being a grouch or a slacker. Interested candidates have until May 4 to apply. More information on the position can be found at
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SiTE:LAB Announces 54Jeff Competition Winners

SiTE:LAB has revealed the winners of 54Jeff, its open ideas competition pursuing compelling concepts for the future of the former Grand Rapids Public Museum in the hopes of educating the community on the unique potential of site at 54 Jefferson. The competition objective was based on repurposing the building as a public space while considering both the surviving showcases from when the museum relocated and the site’s proximity to the neighboring structure in which the museum holds the bulk of its collection. Entries were judged on innovation, quality and clarity of presentation, and sensitivity to the site and its context. First prize of $10,000 was awarded to Danielle Berwick (Vancouver, Canada) for a project entitled Reforestation. Second prize of $5,000 was awarded to Doonam Back, Architect, Yann Caclin, Architect, and Hugo Pace, Intern of ABC-STUDIO (France) for their vision titled Light Beams. The third prize of $1,000 and student winner was awarded to Peter Dumbadze (Ann Arbor, MI) of the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning for an entry titled Grand Rapids Automaton. Honorable mentions are:
  • Brito.Rodriguez  - Inês Martins de Brito & Gilberto Rodriguez  (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Progressive AE – Ned Baxter, Thom Danckaert, Robert Ferguson, Ryan Garone, Chad Gould Adam Hopkins, Bryan Koehn, Nate Meade, Dave Trost, Dan Tyrer, Jamie Wansten – (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Martin Antal (Austin, TX)
  • Vert Studio – Jeff Ponitz, Mariana Diaz, and My-Linh Pham (San Luis Obispo, CA)
  • Trampush & Gunn – Bradly Gunn & Aaron Trampush (Seattle, WA)
The jury encompassed Reed Kroloff, Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum; Eva Franch i Gilabert, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York; Stephen Zacks, an internationally recognized architecture and urbanism reporter, theorist and cultural producer; and Alois Kronschlaeger, an artist best known for site-specific installations and sculptures involving environment and light.