Craig Barton (LF ’95) will be assuming the roles of provost and senior vice president of academic affairs of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on August 1. In addition, he will become a professor in SAIC's Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects. Barton has been a professor of architecture and urban design at Arizona State University and director of the Design School at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.
Barton has had a distinguished academic career, including a 17-year tenure at the University of Virginia, and has held leadership positions in academic organizations including the National Architecture Accrediting Board and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. He and his partner Marthe Rowen are founding principals of the design firm RB Studio, specializing in cultural preservation, adaptive reuse, and urban design projects in the South and Northeast.
Barton says, “It is an honor to become a part of a pre-eminent school of art and design, distinguished by the breadth of its creative inquiry, its commitment to innovation and its long history of educating artists, designers and scholars whose work illuminates and transforms our cultural landscape.”
Read the SAIC press release about Barton's appointment.