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Race is on for MoMA architecture role

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The race to take up one of the most coveted positions in world architecture is set to start this week.

Many of the world's top architecture academics will be jostling for position following news that the MoMA Department of Architecture and Design's chief curator is standing down.

Terry Riley has announced this week that after 14 years in the sought-after position he is set to stand down.

The role allows access to, and use of, one of the most extensive architectural collections in the world, including the Mies van der Rohe archive.

In a statement sent to friends and colleagues this week, Riley insisted that new blood would keep the museum innovating.

'I realise that the position I have been fortunate enough to have held for these years is an important one for not only the museum but the architecture and design community as a whole.

'Inasmuch, I also believe that, in due time, new leadership can and should regenerate the institution's mission.

'As we approach the 75th anniversary of the museum's first exhibition of architecture, I think it is an appropriate moment to make a change and bring in new voices and new thoughts,' he added.

by Ed Dorrell

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