Dr. Kateryna (Kate) Malaia joins the School of Architecture as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Malaia’s teaching and research focus on the history of change in residential architecture, as well as contemporary global and local struggle to house diverse urban populations. She researches spatial and architectural dynamics of housing modifications in relation to the collapse of the USSR and current housing insecurity in the United States. Her first book Taking the Soviet Union Apart Room by Room was recently published with Northern Illinois University Press/Cornell University Press. Dr. Malaia’s previous academic appointments include Mississippi State University, Portland State University, and Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Dr. Malaia earned her Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Architecture are from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Kyiv, Ukraine. At the School of Architecture, Dr. Malaia will be teaching design studios with emphasis on spatial justice and research methods courses.