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Bergdoll takes up the much-coveted position more than seven months after Terry Riley stepped down from the high-profile role in November last year ( Race is on for MoMA architecture role).
Currently the chair of the Department of Art History at Columbia University, Bergdoll will officially take on full responsibility as MOMA's new Philip Johnson chief curator in January next year.
MOMA bosses have described Bergdoll as 'one of the world's most distinguished architectural scholars'. He has written a raft of books, including Mies in Berlin, which scooped the Philip Johnson Award of the Society of Architectural Historians in 2002 and the 1994 tome Karl Friedrich Schinkel: An Architecture for Prussia.
'I am delighted to join the talented staff at MoMA, where I have been fortunate to be associated in both a curatorial and advisory capacity in the past,' said Bergdoll.
'I also welcome the opportunity to work with the Museum's outstanding collection and develop exhibitions that extend this department's distinguished and innovative record in the field.'