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Dr Jana Scholze

Associate Professor


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 Critical Studies and Creative 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.  

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

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 8.


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

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