College of Design

Kimberly Elman Zarecor

Associate Professor, Architecture
Director, Design (Interdisciplinary)

Contact Information

Phone: (515) 294-5026
Office: 587 Design

Mailing Address

Architecture Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011


B.A., Art History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1996
M.Arch, Columbia University, 1999
Ph.D., Architecture, Columbia University, 2008  

Research Interests

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. Academia Press will publish a Czech translation of the book in 2013 in the series, Šťastné zítřky.

Her new project considers the development of the industrial cities in the Ostrava region since 1960. She spent five months in Czech Republic on research leave in the fall of 2011. This work was funded by Iowa State University and a Fulbright Faculty Research Grant.

In addition to her book, her publications include:

"Socialism on Display: The Czechoslovak and Yugoslav Pavilions at the 1958 Brussels World's Fair" (co-author with V. Kulić). In Meet Me at the Fair: A World's Fair Reader. L. Hollengreen, et. al, eds. Pittsburgh: ETC/Carnegie Mellon Press, forthcoming.

"Infrastructural Thinking: Urban Housing in Former Czechoslovakia from the Stalin Era to EU Accession." In Proprietary Matters: The Housing Question in High Modernist and Neoliberal Urbanism, Edward Murphy and Najib Hourani, eds. London: Ashgate, forthcoming.

"Zlín and the Invention of the Panel Building." In The Company Towns of the Baťa Concern: Conference Proceedings. Ondřej Ševeček and Martin Jemelka, eds. Prague, forthcoming.

"Bigness of Another Sort: The Challeng of a Mass Housing Inventory in the Czech Republic." Proceedings of the European Architectural History Network/DOCOMOMO International Conference, "Post-1945 Mass Housing in the Socialist Bloc." Carmen Popescu and Miles Glendinning, eds. University of Edinburgh, Scotland, forthcoming.

"Czechoslovakia's Model Housing Developments: Modern Architecture for the Socialist Future," in V. Kulic, T. Parker, and M. Penick, eds. Sanctioning Modernism: Architecture and the Making of Postwar Identities. Austin: Univ. of Texas Press, forthcoming.

"Socialist Neighborhoods after Socialism: The Past, Present, and Future of Postwar Housing in the Czech Republic," East European Politics and Society, vol. 26, no. 3 (August 2012): 486-509.

"The Local History of an International Type: The Structural Panel Building in Czechoslovakia," Home Cultures, vol. 7, no. 2 (Spring 2010): 217-236.

"Designing for the Socialist Family: The Evolution of Housing Types in Early Postwar Czechoslovakia" in Jill Massino and Shana Penn, eds. Gender Politics and Everyday Life in State Socialist Eastern and Central Europe. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. pp. 151-168.

"Stavoprojekt and the Atelier of National Artist Jiří Kroha in the 1950s/ Stavoprojekt a atelier národního umělce Jiřího Krohy v 50.letech" in Marcela Macharáčková, ed. Jiří Kroha (1893-1974) – Architect, Painter, Designer, Theorist. Muzeum města Brna, 2007, pp. 103-140.

She has received numerous fellowships and research grants including a Fulbright Faculty Research Grant (2011-2012, Czech Republic), Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (2002-2003, Czech Republic), an ACLS Dissertation Write-Up Fellowship (2003-2004) and research grants from the Iowa State Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (2006, 2009).

Current Projects

"Architecture in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union" in A Critical History of Contemporary Architecture, 1960-2010, Elie Haddad and David Rifkind, eds. London: Ashgate, under review.

"Prague." In Capital Cities in the Shadow of the Cold War: Planning in Eastern Europe. E. Makas, ed. London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis, in progress.

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