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Dr Jana Scholze

Associate Professor


I am a curator and academic with a profound interest in contemporary design as well as curatorial practice and theory. I joined Kingston University in 2006 as Associate Professor and Course Director of the MA Curating Contemporary Design. Previously, I worked as curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) for over a decade. Fostering an understanding of the museum as site for debate and untested thinking, I co-curated the exhibition 'What is Luxury?' (2015) and worked on headline shows such as 'Cold War Modern. Design 1945-1972'. (2009). At the V&A, I have been involved in major acquisitions, particularly as lead curator for the Design Fund.

Pursuing my interests via exhibition, pedagogy and publication, I am a regular critic at international art and design schools such as the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam and the Architecture Association in London. I am external examiner currently at the Design Academy Eindhoven and previously at HEAD in Geneva. Focusing on design practice, I am nominator and judge for awards such as the Beazley Design of the Year Award given by The Design Museum in London.

Since September 2016, I am Director for Postgraduate Research for the School of Critical Studies and Creative Industries at the Kingston School of Art. For many years, I have been supervising and examining PhD's at the Kingston School of Art but also in collaboration with institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal College of Art and Birkbeck - University of London.

Already before joining Kinston University, I established and maintained an active and international programme of research focusing on issues of materiality/ immateriality, local/ global design practice, curatorial formats and terminology.

Areas of specialism

  • Curatorial practice and theory
  • Contemporary Design
  • Design history and theory
  • Critical and Speculative Design
  • Materiality/ Immateriality
  • Luxury


  • 2002: PhD in Philosophy at the Technical University Berlin
  • 1996: BA History of Art, Humboldt University Berlin
  • 1993: Diploma in Museum Studies, University of Applied Sciences, Leipzig


My research is presented and published in all common academic formats as well as public facing formats such as exhibitions, non-academic books and media that communicate the influence and impact of design practice to a general public. I curated and collaborated on exhibitions such as  'What is Luxury' (2015) and 'Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1970' (2009) at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Recent publications include 'Barber Osgerby Projects' (2017). A recently completed international research projects was titled ‘Material Culture as Social Memory of Society' (2013-2016) initiated by Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam where I served as research partner representing the V&A.

Research student supervision


Number of items: 6.


Scholze, Jana (2017) Barber Osgerby: projects. London, U.K. : Phaidon. 312p. ISBN 9780714874838

Scholze, Jana (2004) Medium Ausstellung : Lekturen musealer Gestaltung in Oxford, Leipzig, Amsterdam und Berlin. Bielefeld, Germany : transcript. 300p. (Kultur- und Museumsmanagement [Cultural and Museum Management]) ISBN 9783899421927

Book Section

Scholze, Jana (2016) Ghosts and dancers: immaterials and the museum. In: Farrelly, Liz and Weddell, Joanna, (eds.) Design objects and the museum. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury. pp. 61-69. ISBN 9781472577238

Scholze, Jana (2015) Extreme future. In: Persson, Helen, (ed.) Shoes : pleasure and pain. London, U.K. : V&A Publishing. pp. 82-91. ISBN 9781851778324

Conference or Workshop Item

Scholze, Jana (2017) Why gather? The luxury of time and space. In: Nouveau Reach : Past, Present and Future of Luxury; 11 - 14 May 2017, Toronto, Canada. (Unpublished)


Scholze, Jana [Curator of an exhibition] and Wierzba, Leanna [Curator of an exhibition] (2015) What is Luxury? .

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