Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm with practices in structural engineering and building performance, announced Daniel Marquardt, managing principal of the firm's Chicago office, has been named the new chairman of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Mr. Marquardt succeeds Frederick P. Stratton Jr. who has held the post since 2008.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is a leading global multidisciplinary center for education, scholarship, debate and research committed to the place of architecture and the arts in enriching the quality and dignity of life.
“On behalf of everyone at Thornton Tomasetti, we congratulate Daniel on his distinguished position at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation,” said Thomas Scarangello, chairman of Thornton Tomasetti. “Daniel has shown an unwavering commitment to preserving Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy. It is our pleasure to support his endeavors and the future of the Foundation. I am confident he will play a key role in taking this organization to the next level.”
In his new role, Mr. Marquardt will be overseeing an extraordinary exhibition of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of Wright’s most iconic building and will examine Wright’s vision for harmonious living through inventive spatial constructions designed to stimulate social engagement and integration with the natural world. The exhibition, titled Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward, will feature more than 50 of Wright’s projects and will be on view at the museum from May 15 through August 23, 2009.
“I am honored to take the reigns as chairman at such an important time for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation,” said Mr. Marquardt, who is based in Chicago. “It’s been a privilege to be a part of this remarkable organization. I look forward to building on its significant achievements and shaping the future of the Foundation.”
Mr. Marquardt served on the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s Board of Trustees for two years. He is also a trustee of Taliesin Preservation Inc., an organization dedicated to preserving Wright’s home in Spring Green, Wisconsin. In addition, Mr. Marquardt's professional activities include membership in the Design Build Institute of America, League of Historic American Theatres, National Society of Professional Engineers and Structural Engineers Association of Illinois.
About Thornton Tomasetti
Thornton Tomasetti provides engineering services to clients worldwide on projects of all sizes and complexity, with practices in building structure, building skin and building performance. From the tallest buildings and the longest spans, to innovative building systems and materials, we are committed to creating the best solutions through our technical ingenuity, pursuit of excellence, and responsiveness to client needs. Founded in 1956, today Thornton Tomasetti is a 650-person organization of engineers and architects collaborating from offices across the United States and in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
About the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is a leading global multi-disciplinary center for education, scholarship, debate and research committed to the place of architecture and the arts in enriching the quality and dignity of life. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s mission is to: educate and engage diverse audiences through programs that encourage innovative thinking about the relationships between architecture and design and the natural environment, and inspire a quest for beauty, balance and harmony in the creation of buildings and spaces that enrich daily life; and preserve the works, ideas and innovative spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright for the benefit of all generations. Wright established the Foundation, headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1940 to be the repository of his life’s work. The Foundation owns and operates: Taliesin in Spring Green, Wis., and Taliesin West in Scottsdale (Wright’s own homes and studios); the professionally accredited Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture; and the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives, widely regarded as the largest of its kind devoted to the works of a single artist worldwide. Both Taliesin and Taliesin West are National Historic Properties and are on the United States World Heritage Tentative List.