Dr Jana Scholze


I am a curator specialising in contemporary design as curatorial practice and theory and am Associate Professor and Course Director of the MA Curating Contemporary Design programme at Kingston School of Art.

I spent over a decade at the V&A where I co-curated the exhibition 'What is Luxury?' and worked on shows such as 'Cold War Modern Design 1945-1972' 

Pursuing my interests via exhibition, pedagogy and publication, I am a critic at international schools such as the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, and external examiner at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Focusing on design practice, I am nominator and judge for awards such as the Beazley Design of the Year Award.

I am also Director for Postgraduate Research for the School of Creative and Cultural Industries at Kingston where I have been supervising and examining PhDs for years as well as in collaboration with institutions such as the V&A and Royal College of Art.  

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor


  • 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

Teaching and learning


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

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 10.


Sparke, Penelope , Kirkham, Patricia , Scholze, Jana , Knott, Stephen and Ioannidou, Ersi, eds. (2023) Interiors in the era of Covid-19 : interior design between the public and private realms. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury. 312p. ISBN 9781350294219 (In Press)

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 (2020) When things disappear: curating immateriality. In: von Bismarck, Beatrice and Meyer-Krahmer, Benjamin, (eds.) Curatorial Things. Berlin, Germany : MIT Press/Sternberg Press. (Cultures of the Curatorial, (4)) ISBN 9783956792809

Scholze, Jana (2017) Wonder : a state of passion, absorption and distraction. In: Cormier, Brendan, (ed.) Values in Design. Shanghai, China : Shanghai Fine Arts Publisher. ISBN 9787547916483

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, Faulkner, Rupert and Josephine, Rout (2016) Modern and contemporary design. In: Irvine, Gregory, (ed.) Japanese Art and Design. London : V&A Publishing. pp. 221-245. ISBN 9781851778553

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] and Wierzba, Leanna [Curator] (2015) What is Luxury? .

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