Kimberly E. Zarecor

Kimberly E.
Member-At-Large Candidate

Kimberly E. Zarecor is Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University where she teaches courses in architectural history and design. Her historical research focuses on architecture and urbanism in the former Czechoslovakia. She holds a M.Arch. (1999) and Ph.D. (2008) from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) and was the first GSAPP student to complete a Certificate in East Central European Studies at Columbia's Harriman Institute (2002). She is the author of Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity: Housing in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1960 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), published in Czech translation in 2015. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, edited volumes, and exhibition catalogs. She is currently researching and writing about shrinking places, both post-socialist cities in the former Eastern Bloc and rural communities in the American Midwest. Her research has been supported by the Fulbright Program, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Woodrow Wilson Center, and the National Science Foundation. 

Zarecor has been an active participant in ASEEES for more than twenty years. She was one of the first architectural historians to attend the annual meetings regularly and helped to build up the presence of architecture and urban studies as an interest area within the organization. She served as Vice-President (2013-2016) and President (2016-2019) of the Czechoslovak Studies Association. She currently chairs the Barbara Jelavich Book Prize Committee and previously served on the ASEEES Mentoring Committee. Zarecor would be among the first members of the ASEEES Board to come from a professional design field. She wants to serve because ASEEES has provided her with an invaluable network of colleagues who have nurtured and supported her research. As a Member-at-Large on the Board, she will be an advocate for interdisciplinarity, diversity and inclusion, and strong mentoring for emerging scholars.