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Academic Dean

Craig Barton

Craig Barton is an architect, urbanist and educator. He is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Mr. Barton joined the UVa faculty in 1995 and served as chair of the Department of Architecture from 2007-2011. Prior to his appointed at Virginia he held faculty positions at Columbia University and the City College of the City University of New York. Mr. Barton was appointed recently Director of the Design School at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University and will take up his new responsibilities at the conclusion of the voyage. Mr. Barton received undergraduate degrees from Brown University and the School of Visual Arts in New York. He was awarded a Master of Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. In 1994, Mr. Barton was Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design Throughout his career Mr. Barton has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in architectural and urban design. Through his practice, research, and teaching Mr. Barton investigates issues of cultural and historical preservation and their interpretation through architectural and urban design. Much of his practice focuses on assisting African-American communities to preserve and interpret their significant cultural resources and to utilize them to stimulate community development. He is the author of the editor of the anthology,Sites of Memory: Perspectives on Architecture and Race and has contributed to range of anthologies including the City of Memory, Row: Trajectories Through the Shotgun House and the recently published Writing Urbanism. His work has been included in a wide range of exhibitions including an installation at Project Rowhouse in Houston, TX and a recent exhibition at the University of Pennsylvania of his work in the group show, The Dresser Trunk Project. In 1994 Mr. Barton and his partner Marthe Rowen established the design firm RB Studio in New York. The firm is currently located in Charlottesville, Virginia. The firm has worked on preservation, adaptive re-use and urban design projects in the south and northeast. Some of the firm’s recent projects include; a master plan for the town of Bayview, a historic African-American community on Virginia’s Eastern Shore; the design of a museum and visitors’ center in Selma, AL for the National Voting Rights Museum, part of the National Park Service’s National Voting Historic Trail, and adaptive re-use of and design of exhibition materials for the Scrabble School a former Rosenwald School, in Rapphannock County, VA.