The Design Observer Group


Posted 05.02.12


Arizona State University

Craig Barton Tapped as Director of The Design School


Craig Barton, ASU Design School
Craig Barton. [Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts]

The Design School at Arizona State University has appointed a new director, Craig Barton, who will step into the role on August 1.

Barton, a designer and urban expert, currently is associate professor of architecture and former chair of the University of Virginia’s Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He edited the anthology Sites of Memory: Perspectives on Architecture and Race (Princeton Architecture Press) and has contributed to books including City of Memory, Row: Trajectories Through the Shotgun House and Writing Urbanism. He has also received numerous academic and civic awards and grants.

He replaces Darren Petrucci, who is stepping down from the director’s position to return to the faculty as SunCor Professor of Architecture and Urban Design. Petrucci will continue to teach and coordinate The Design School’s urban design program.

“I am excited to have been invited to join The Design School’s distinguished community of designers, scholars and students,” Barton said. “I am impressed by the school’s commitment to a public design agenda which addresses the local and global challenges of environment, energy, information and urbanization. I look forward to working with my new colleagues to continue to build innovative models of collaborative design practice which enhance the public realm and improve the quality of the built environment.”

Barton embraces The Design School’s role as a community partner charged with the responsibility to educate all future leaders to enhance the quality of life of the citizens and public realms of the rapidly urbanizing Phoenix metropolitan area.

“I think it’s important as an institution engaged in the greater world that The Design School provide the next generation of community leaders across the university with access to our curriculum and research education so that they will become as conversant in the language of design as they are in the language of history, calculus or literature,’’ Barton said.

Barton's appointment was announced last week by Kwang-Wu Kim, dean and director of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Read more at ASU News.

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