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About Kimberly E. Zarecor

Professor Zarecor researches historical and contemporary architecture in the former Czechoslovakia. Her 2011 book with University of Pittsburgh Press, Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity: Housing in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1960, focuses on the intersection of architects, housing design, and the state apparatus in the early years of Communist Party rule. It follows the development and deployment of standardized mass-housing types such as the prefabricated structural panel building and examines the relationship between communism and architecture. It was awarded an honorable mention by the Czechoslovak Studies Association for the 2013 Book Prize and is an official selection for the 2014 Venice Biennale Book Pavilion. Academia Press will publish a Czech translation of the book in 2015 in the series, Šťastné zítřky.
Her new project considers the postwar development of Ostrava, a Czech industrial city with a coal and steel industry dating back to the early nineteenth-century. She was a Faculty Fulbright Research Fellow in the Czech Republic in 2011-2012 and a 2013 Erasmus Mundus Fellow in support of this research.


Present Associate Professor, Iowa State University Department of Architecture
Present Program Director, Interdisciplinary Design, Iowa State University

Curriculum Vitae


2017 - Present A Data-Driven Framework for Smart Decision-Making in Small and Shrinking Communities
National Science Foundation
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Sara Hamideh, David Peters, Eric Rozier, Marwan Ghandour
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2016 - Present President, Czechoslovak Studies Association
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Contact Information

Architecture Department
158 College of Design
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515 29-5026


Architecture in Czechoslovakia (13)

Book Reviews (8)

Conference and Proceedings (1)