College of Design

Karen Bermann

Associate Professor, Architecture

Contact Information

Phone: (515) 294-8711
Office: 484 Design

Mailing Address

Architecture Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011


BArch, The Cooper Union, 1983
MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, 1991

Research Interests

Multidisciplinary beginning design education; monuments and memorials; self-built housing and conditions of habitation in Roma camps in Italy


Current Projects

Core Director for the College of Design, overseeing the first year courses; Coordinator for Design Studies 102, the first-year three-dimensional studio; organizer and teacher of the Core Mentor Program, in which upper-level students mentor first-year students. I am currently writing, with Isabella Clough Marinaro, an article on Roma camps for the Do-It-Yourself Urbanism issue of The Journalism of Urbanism.