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Former MoMA chief curator of architecture and design Terence Riley dies – Dezeen

American architect Terence Riley, former chief curator of architecture and design at MoMA and founding partner of Keenen/Riley Architects, has passed away.

Photography is courtesy of the Knight Foundation.
Photography is courtesy of the Knight Foundation.

American architect Terence Riley, former chief curator of architecture and design at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and founding partner of Keenen/Riley Architects, has passed away.

Riley had a 13-year tenure at MoMA followed by his work as a teacher and director for the Miami Art Museum, now the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

At MoMA, he staged blockbuster retrospectives on Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and introduced foreign architects such as Rem Koolhaas and Herzog & de Meuron to the American public.

“He was an earnest, serious, brilliant curator”

Riley presided over a major expansion by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi that was completed in 2004. The project saw the museum’s architecture section moved out of a neglected side room and given a prominent place on the third floor of the new building.

His firm Keenan/Riley Architects was known for designing museums and galleries including the Sarasota Art Museum and several projects in the Miami Design District.

“Shocked and so very sad to learn of the death today of Terry Riley, who meant so much to the architecture culture of both New York and Miami,” architecture critic Paul Goldberger wrote on Twitter.

“He was an earnest, serious, brilliant curator, designer, writer and friend to so many of us. The world is diminished.”

Championing Miami as a destination

In 2006, he became the director of the Miami Art Museum and moved to Florida, where he lived until the end of his life.

Riley led the museum’s Architect Selection Committee and was involved in the design process for its $220 million new home by Herzog & de Meuron. He stepped down in 2010 just after designs for the building were finalised.

Riley taught at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, the University of Miami School of Architecture and other architecture schools while heading up K/R’s satellite office in Miami.

He continued to champion the city as a destination for architecture and design, creating several mixed-use and retail buildings for the city’s design district.

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