Architect Cynthia Phifer Kracauer introduced immediately that she is going to retire from her position as government director of the Beverly Willis Structure Basis (BWAF). Kracauer has been BWAF’s government director since 2016. She served on the BWAF Board of Trustees for years previous to serving as government director.
“Main the Beverly Willis Structure Basis is likely one of the most rewarding alternatives a girl can have, difficult the traditionally male-dominated building world and the tradition of the architectural career, whereas elevating sensible minds and critical skills represented by ladies all over the world,” Kracauer shared in an announcement. “As BWAF’s affect has grown, we’ve been impressed as extra organizations nationally have elevated their dedication to fairness, range, and inclusiveness of their companies,” Kracauer added.
The Beverly Willis Architect Basis was based in 2002 by its namesake, architect Beverly Willis. As reported by AN, Willis died in October 2023. BWAF’s goal is elevating ladies in structure, engineering, building, actual property, and allied fields.
Previous to serving as government director at BWAF, Kracauer practiced as an architect for quite a lot of years earlier than taking up a task as managing director of the AIA New York chapter. There, she is credited with conceiving and creating New York’s Archtober design and structure competition, now in its twelfth 12 months.
Michele O’Connor, chair of BWAF’s Board of Trustees, recommended Kracauer for her years of service beginning in 2016. “Cynthia has not solely been a visionary chief but in addition a mentor to many inside our group and past. Her legacy of mentorship and artistic institutional management might be deeply missed, however her influence will proceed to resonate. We want Cynthia all the most effective in her well-deserved retirement.”
Throughout her tenure as government director, Kracauer helped safe a everlasting headquarters for BWAF in Manhattan, dubbed “The Bev.” She secured main federal and personal grants for BWAF together with assist from the Nationwide Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Basis. She helped begin New Angle: Voice, a podcast collection specializing in social justice and girls in structure, beginning in 2021. She additionally helped set up Pioneering Girls of American Structure, a web-based compendium.
The Board at BWAF is now main an government search to establish a substitute. “Our seek for a brand new government director gives a major alternative for somebody who needs to make a distinction,” Kracauer provided.