The FLW Foundation's New Faces
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We recently received word that the board of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is welcoming three new trustees as well as a newly elected board chairman and secretary. Read more after the jump... As stated in the press release: The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the architect’s works and design philosophy, welcomed industry leaders in architecture, construction and law to its Board of Trustees. These individuals include Sharon Matthews of Connecticut,...
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the architect’s works and design philosophy, welcomed industry leaders in architecture, construction and law to its Board of Trustees. These individuals include Sharon Matthews of Connecticut, and John DiCiurcio and Carmen Lonstein, both of Chicago. In addition, Jeffrey Grip, Ph.D., was elected chairman of the board, John Cummerford was elected secretary and Fred Stratton was re-elected as the board’s treasurer.
This announcement comes at an exciting time for the Foundation as Taliesin, in Spring Green, Wis., celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, which will be followed by the 75th anniversary of Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Ariz. next year. Both properties are owned by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and served as Wright’s personal homes, studios and architectural laboratories.
“Wright is one of the most profound artists and architects the world has ever seen, and I am genuinely humbled to serve as the chairman of the Board of Trustees,” said Grip. “I look forward to working with board members and Foundation staff to further the awareness and understanding of Wright’s work and influence throughout the world.”
The board’s newest members join the Foundation with a diversity of experiences in backgrounds ranging from law to architecture and construction.
Sharon Matthews is the director of global initiatives for the Boston Architectural College (on a consulting basis) and has worked as a consultant through the Center for Quality Assurance in International Education in Alexandria, Va. Prior, Matthews served as executive director of the National Architectural Accrediting Board in Washington, D.C. from 2001 to 2007 and acted as the secretariat for the Canberra Accord—an international consortium of architectural accreditation agencies—from April 2008 through the establishment of their rules and procedures in 2009. Matthews also serves as a member of the board of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and the board of DesignCorps.
“I am excited to join a dynamic board of art and architecture experts who are enthusiastic about Wright’s work and have the desire to share his history and legacy with generations to come,” said Matthews.
As executive vice president of Turner Construction Company, board member John DiCiurcio leads business operations in more than ten states. DiCiurcio was involved in the construction of numerous major projects including the redevelopment of Chicago Bears’ Soldier Field, the expansion of the Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field, the General Motors Global Headquarters in Detroit and the construction of the University of Notre Dame Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts in South Bend, Ind.
“Wright has had a significant impact on design and architecture. I look forward to serving on the Foundation’s board and assisting in its mission to protect and preserve the work and philosophy of such an important person in our nation’s history,” said Di Ciurcio.
Carmen Lonstein is a partner at Baker & McKenzie in Chicago and chair of the Financial Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy Practice Group in North America. She was ranked as one of the top 50 Leading Women Business Lawyers in Illinois and was named an Illinois Leading Lawyer from 2007 to 2010.
“I have had a long-time interest in architecture, and there is no single person who had a greater influence on 20th century design in the United States than Frank Lloyd Wright. I am excited to work with the Foundation and board on sharing his legacy with the world,” said Lonstein.
Dr. Jeffrey Grip has been a member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 2009 and was elected chairman of the board this past March. Grip runs the East Coast office for Witmer & Associates, a talent management and development company, where he consults with businesses on organizational leadership, career development, and team building. Prior to joining Witmer & Associates, Grip was president and CEO of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
John Cummerford, the new board secretary, is an intellectual property attorney at the international law firm GreenbergTraurig LLP. He provides legal advice to a wide variety of clients and companies with an emphasis on software, Internet, hardware and related business. Cummerford has been a member of the Foundation’s board since 2010.
“I look forward to working with the board to explore new ways the Foundation can share the design philosophy, work and history of Wright with a national and international audience,” said Cummerford. “The 100th anniversary of Taliesin this year is a great opportunity to further our efforts.”
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation worked with the Milwaukee Art Museum on an exhibit, Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Taliesin. The exhibit runs through May 15, 2011 and will move to Phoenix, Ariz. next year for the 75th anniversary of Taliesin West.
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