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Kimberly Elman Zarecor, PhD

Kimberly Elman Zarecor, PhD

Associate Professor of Architecture

Kimberly has been teaching architectural history and design at Iowa State University since 2005, where she coordinates the undergraduate program in the Department of Architecture. She holds a MArch and PhD in Architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning at Columbia University where she worked with Kenneth Frampton as her primary PhD supervisor. Her research in architectural history focuses on postwar Czechoslovakia and the intersection of communism and design. She looks closely at how the profession of architecture transformed in the early decades of communism and the work of architects practicing at state-run design institutes. She is the author of Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity: Housing in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1960 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), which was translated into Czech in 2015. Her writing has also appeared in journals, edited volumes, and exhibition catalogs in English, Czech, and German. She is a two-time Fulbright scholar to the Czech Republic and frequently presents her work at conferences, workshops, and as an invited speaker in the United States, Europe, and Asia. In the Czech Republic and Slovakia, she has lectured at universities and cultural venues in Prague, Brno, Ostrava, and Bratislava, and appeared in stories for Czech radio, newspapers, and magazines. She is currently researching and writing about shrinking places, both post-socialist industrial cities in the former Soviet Bloc, including Ostrava in the Czech Republic, and small rural communities in Iowa in a new project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).