About Our Provost
Craig Barton is Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). In this role, Barton advances the School’s educational mission, which emphasizes interdisciplinary exploration and studies and serves as a Professor in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects.
Barton came to SAIC from Arizona State University, where he was a Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and Director of the Design School at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Prior to Arizona State University, he held a number of faculty and administrative positions over a 17-year tenure at the University of Virginia. He has also held leadership positions in national academic organizations including the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA).
A trained architect and designer, Barton’s practice investigates issues of race, memory, and identity and their interpretation through architectural and urban design. Much of his work focuses on assisting African American communities to preserve, interpret, and utilize their cultural resources to stimulate community development. Together with his partner, Marthe Rowen, he is a founding principal of the design firm RB Studio, which has developed a number of cultural preservation, adaptive re-use, and urban design projects throughout the south and northeast.
Barton is the Editor of the anthology Sites of Memory: Perspectives on Architecture and Race and has contributed to a range of publications, including the City of Memory, Row: Trajectories through the Shotgun House, Reflections on Teaching, and Writing Urbanism: A Design Reader. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including an installation at Project Row Houses in Houston and the traveling group show The Dresser Trunk Project.
Barton holds undergraduate degrees from Brown University and the School of Visual Arts in New York, a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, and, in 1994, was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.