A.B., Brown University; B.F.A., Columbia University; M.Arch., Columbia
Background: Craig Barton is an Associate
Professor of architecture and urban design and the Director of the Urban
Studies Program at the University of Virginia. Prior to this appointment,
Mr. Barton was a member of the faculty at Columbia University's Graduate
School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he directed the
New York/Paris Program. He has also taught at the School of Architecture
and Environmental Studies at The City College of New York. During the
1994-95 academic year, Mr. Barton was Loeb Fellow at Harvard University's
Graduate School of 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.
In 1997 he was awarded grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced
Studies in the Fine Arts and the George Gund Foundation to develop the
"Sites of Memory" project: a symposium and publication exploring
aspects of identity and spatial representation in African-American culture.
The symposium was held in March of 1999. Mr. Barton has edited an anthology
of essays developed from the symposium entitled, Sites of Memory: Perspectives
on Architecture and Race, published by Princeton Architectural Press in
March of 2001.
Mr. Barton is founding principal in the architectural firm RBGC Associates
located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Founded in 1995, the firm has pursued
interests in urbanism, affordable housing, community preservation and
private residential and commercial projects. Some of the firm's recent
projects include: a master plan for the town of Bayview, an historic African-American
community on Virginia's Eastern shore; the design and preservation of
19th century railway sheds in Charleston, SC to accommodate exhibition
and administrative space for the Philip Simmons Foundation, an organization
which supports and promotes the work of African-American craftsmen like
Mr. Simmons, a noted Charleston blacksmith; and 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.
Prior to joining RBGC, Mr. Barton was a founding partner of the firm Rowen
Barton Associates in New York. In collaboration with Martha Rowen he has
completed numerous private commissions and competitions, including the
firm's exhibited submission to the 1994 New York City African Burial Ground