April 30, 2018

Cranbrook Academy of Art Names New Architect- and Artist-in-Residence

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICHIGANCranbrook Academy of Art has named architect and educator Gretchen Wilkins architect-in-residence and head of the architecture department and sculptor Rebecca Ripple artist-in-residence and head of sculpture. Wilkins and Ripple will begin their tenures in the fall.

Wilkins arrives to Cranbrook from RMIT University, where for the last ten years she has as associate professor and head of design at the university’s Vietnam campus and director of its Master of Urban Design program, working in Melbourne, Ho Chi Minh City, and Barcelona. Wilkins holds a PhD from RMIT and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Michigan, where she was an assistant professor of architecture. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Architectural Design, Princeton Architectural Press, and Metropolis.

“Gretchen is a collaborative leader with strong connections and a deep knowledge of the international architecture community,” Cranbrook Academy of Art dean Amy Green Deines said. “We look forward to watching her bring that experience to our students and expanding the reach of our architecture department beyond the walls of our campus.”

Ripple is Cranbrook’s eighteenth sculpture artist-in-residence, a role she held on an interim basis during the 2017–18 academic year. Prior to her appointment as head of sculpture, Ripple held teaching positions at California State University, Northridge, California Institute of the Arts, and the University of California, Riverside and Los Angeles. She received a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the Yale School of Art and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

“We have had the privilege of watching Rebecca work with our students throughout the past year,” Deines said. “She has an innate way of bringing out the best in them while pushing the boundaries of what she know they are capable of to produce their best work. She was a natural choice for the position.”

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