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Marthe Rowen

Discipline: Studio Art

Marthe Rowen holds an A.B in Architecture from Princeton University and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. She is an architect, currently practicing in Charlottesville, VA as a partner in Rowen Barton Studio, with specialization in adaptive reuse of historic buildings and cultural preservation. She has won design awards for historic preservation and design for accessibility. She has been on the faculty of Princeton University, Auburn University, University of Kentucky, Ohio State University and Miami University of Ohio, where she taught architectural design studio and seminars on American urbanism and architectural theory. She has translated architectural works from French to English, including the published Sketchbooks of Le Corbusier (Vol. 3.). Ms. Rowen is currently serving as Chair of the City of Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission, which oversees cultural and economic exchange programs with Charlottesville’s sister cities in Italy, Bulgaria, France and Ghana. She lived in the Netherlands as a child, an experience which planted the seed of her life-long interest in languages and international travel. She has also lived and worked in France, and speaks, to varying degrees of fluency, French, German, Dutch and Italian. Ms. Rowen began keeping a sketchbook while travelling upon graduation from architectural school, and has continued the practice for more than three decades – finding and recording beauty in architecture, landscape, people and places, both at home and while travelling in the US and abroad – and has lectured on keeping a sketchbook and its application to architectural design.