Alla Vronskaya is the Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture at Kassel University. Her research focuses on the history of theory of modern architecture, particularly in the Soviet Union and other state-socialist countries, with the focus on architecture's engagement with modernism's ideals of efficiency and productivity and their effects upon citizens and nature. Her book Architecture of Life: Soviet Modernism and the Human Sciences is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press in August 2022, exploring the intersections between architecture, labor management, and human sciences in modern Russia. Vronskaya is also a regional editor for the former Soviet Union in Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture.

Vronskaya received her Ph.D. in the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2014. She was a member in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA, during the academic year 2019/2020 and a visitor in the summer of 2022. She was also a recipient of residential fellowships from the Getty Research Institute and the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, as well as MIT Presidential Fellowship and the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship, among other awards. Prior to joining Kassel University, she was an assistant professor at the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology and a visiting lecturer at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich.

Prof. Vronskaya is currently Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


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