Graduate Architecture

Juliana Rowen Barton


PhD University of Pennsylvania
MA University of Pennsylvania
BA University of Virginia

Juliana Rowen Barton is an architecture and design historian and curator whose research centers on the confluence of race, gender, and design. She holds a PhD and MA in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA with Highest Distinction in American Studies from the University of Virginia. Her work has been recognized with the support of CASVA, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology. In addition, she received training from the Center for Curatorial Leadership/Mellon Graduate Seminar in Curatorial Practice.

Right now, Barton is working with Michelle Millar Fisher and Amber Winick on Designing Motherhood, a first-of-its-kind cross-institutional endeavor on the subject of design for reproduction, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. With the support of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the exhibition, accompanying book (MIT Press 2021), and public programming use design as a lens through with to explore and expand conversations around maternity and childbirth across cultures and communities. From 2017-2019, she worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), first as the Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Design and later as a part of the curatorial team for Designs for Different Futures (October 22, 2019 - March 8, 2020). While at the PMA she also co-organized Design in Revolution: A 1960s Odyssey (February 3 - September 9, 2018). Previously, she was the Graduate Research Assistant for the Wolf Humanities Center's Forum on "Stuff", a research assistant for the George Nakashima Woodworkers/Nakashima Foundation for Peace, the exhibitions coordinator for Center for Architecture/AIANY and a curatorial intern in Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.