New York (August 1, 2012)—The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) announces with deep regret that Wanda Bubriski steps down today as executive director. Bubriski will dedicate her time to research and writing a book, as she lays the groundwork for creating her own institute. She will remain connected to the BWAF as its Founding Director, and will assist in the transition to new leadership.
“It’s a rare privilege to be part of an organization from its beginning. I’ve enjoyed both the opportunities and challenges that come with shaping every aspect of a nascent non-profit, including its mission and goals, as well as developing and implementing programs, building national networks and audiences, while forming and directing all operations. I’ve had the honor to work closely with founder Beverly Willis and the other founding trustees in realizing a shared vision to expand knowledge about women’s contribution to shaping the built environment.” During her eight years with BWAF, Bubriski has noted “a change in the national discourse,” and firmly believes that “BWAF has played a catalytic role in that process, emerging as a strong voice prompting change in the culture of the building industry so that women’s work—whether of the past, present or future—is acknowledged, respected and valued.”
Beverly Willis, BWAF Founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees, said, “The Foundation has flourished under Wanda’s leadership. She was brought aboard to develop programs and outreach for BWAF—and has worked tirelessly since August 2004 to do so.” Bubriski developed numerous programs and educational resources about women who have contributed to shaping the American built environment, including lectures, films, tours, and various museum and academic collaborations, such as the Fellows Colloquium, bringing leading thinkers and researchers together in public conversations. “Wanda’s contributions are truly inimitable and she has helped elevate BWAF’s national reach and reputation. The Board looks forward to working with her through the transition to a new director, whom we plan to have in place this fall.” A search committee has been formed and the search process has begun. (Click here for the job description)
“I am grateful,” Bubriski said, “for the opportunity to have worked with so many accomplished colleagues and collaborators across the country and across disciplines. I look forward to maintaining those relationships as well my connection to BWAF. While much work remains to be done, I am confident that BWAF is well positioned to succeed.”
About Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) is a national research and educational not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that is working to change the culture of the building industry so that women’s work, whether in contemporary practices or within historical narratives, is acknowledged, respected, and valued. BWAF achieves its mission by documenting women’s work, educating the public, and transforming industry practice through collaboration – engaging museums, professional organizations, and other groups in the area of architecture, design, landscape, engineering, technology, real estate, and construction.
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