Alumni
Alla Vronskaya

Alla G. Vronskaya is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur (gta), at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zürich. She is also a research fellow at the Department of Classical Western Art at the State Institute of Art Studies (Moscow)--a position she's held since 2006. In addition to her PhD in the History of Architecture from MIT, she holds a candidate of sciences degree in Art History from the State Institute of Art Studies and a “specialist” degree in Philosophy from Moscow State University.

Demonstrating how Soviet modernist architecture employed experimental psychological research to mobilize the subjects for the construction of industrial economy by manipulating with their “energy,” her dissertation research has been supported through multiple fellowships, including those from the Swiss Government, the Getty Research Institute, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Canadian Center for Architecture, and Social Science Research Council. Vronskaya was a co-editor (together with Ana Maria Leon) of "In the Distance *research-in-progress 2010" (Puritan Press, 2011). She has published her own research in edited volumes and such journals as "Thresholds," "Writing Cities," and "Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes." 

2014 Doctoral Dissertation:: The Productive Unconscious: Architecture, Experimental Psychology and Techniques of Subjectivity in Soviet Russia, 1919-1935