New IIT College of Architecture dean hails from Chicago

Reed Kroloff, a principal at the Chicago firm Jones Kroloff, will take the helm at IIT’s College of Architecture on August 1.

According to a statement published in Illinois Tech Today by IIT, “Kroloff has more than 30 years of professional experience as an architectural educator and academic leader. He was dean of architecture at Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Most recently, he was director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Cranbrook, much like Illinois Tech’s (IIT) College of Architecture, was deeply influential in shaping Modernism in America during the twentieth century.”

“The thought of being part of the College of Architecture’s legacy is so exciting, especially given how remarkably well it has been sustained by the students, alumni, faculty, and staff, right down to the recent renovation of S. R. Crown Hall. I get goosebumps simply approaching the building,” said Kroloff. “Much of that comes from knowing you are joining a place, a history, and a movement that has brought so much innovation and positive change.”

Calling himself an “unapologetic modernist,” Kroloff joins a formidable list of great architects holding the position – most notably Mies van der Rohe.

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