The Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday named Martino Stierli, a professor at the University of Zurich, its new chief curator of architecture and design.

Mr. Stierli, 40 years old, will begin at MoMA in March 2015. In a statement, MoMA's director, Glenn Lowry, called Mr. Stierli someone who "brings an international perspective and possesses an extraordinary ability to brilliantly relate architecture and its image to its cultural context."


The appointment comes amid debate over MoMA's own architecture and physical campus: It bought and demolished the former home of the nearby American Folk Art Museum, despite protests from architects and preservationists.