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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.
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.
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 (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
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