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Associate Professor Emerita

Karen Bermann

Associate Professor Emerita, Architecture

Mailing Address

Architecture Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011

Contact Information



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; contemporary Rome.

Current Projects

 Frequent leader/participant in the Department's Rome Program, our study abroad semester. Rome research includes conditions of habitation in Roma camps in Rome. The article (co-author Isabella Clough Marinaro) "We work it out: The limits of DIY in a Roma camp in Rome" was published in The Journal of Urbanism fall 2014. Formerly Core Director for the College of Design, overseeing the first year courses, and Coordinator for Design Studies 102.

Current Scholarship