Today the National Building Museum announced that Executive Director Chase Rynd, Hon. ASLA, will retire at the end of September 2020. Rynd is the institution’s fourth leader and was appointed to the role in mid-2003.
“On behalf of the all of the Trustees, we want to recognize and thank Chase for his extraordinary personal commitment and passion for the arts,” said James Davis, Chairman of the Board and the President and CEO of the Davis Construction Corporation. “Chase has made a permanent imprint on our Museum and raised it to national prominence through creativity, inclusion, community, and telling an inspiring story for generations to learn from.”
Prior to joining the National Building Museum, Rynd was appointed executive director of the Tacoma Art Museum in 1993, and to the same position at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1998. A graduate of Georgetown University, Rynd is a member of the International Council of Museums and American Alliance of Museums. He currently sits on a number of boards, including the Association of Architecture Organizations, the DowntownDC Business Improvement District, and the Havana Heritage Foundation. He also is a member of ACE Mentor Program of America’s National Advisory Board and serves on committees for St. John’s Lafayette Square and the National Cathedral in D.C.
“I have been extraordinarily fortunate to have enjoyed such a rewarding career,” said Rynd. “To have served as the Executive Director of the National Building Museum has been a privilege and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It has been an honor to work side-by-side such a talented staff and dedicated Board of Trustees.”