Cox named Director of Design at NEA

UVA professor of Architecture and past Charlottesville mayor Maurice Cox has been appointed director of design for the National Endowment for the Arts, according to a UVA press release.

During his two-year appointment, the release states, Cox will oversee the Mayors' Institute on City Design, Governors' Institute on Community Design and the Your Town programs to help smaller communities preserve their character in the face of economic or social change, while providing professional leadership to the field, and supervising the grant-making process in design and the Endownment's panel selection of design professionals and academics who evaluate and recommend grant awards.

"I am thrilled to be part of helping the NEA achieve its goal of 'democratizing' design and continuing to expand its reach into every corner of America," Cox told UVA. "By directly engaging the public in the discourse about design, by placing it within reach of ordinary citizens, I believe we can empower the public to better shape their world."