Alla Vronskaya

  • Assistant Professor

Alla Vronskaya is an architectural historian whose work focuses on the relationship between architecture, science, and techniques of social engineering in the modern period. Her current book project examines how, during the interwar period, Soviet architects employed techniques of experimental psychology, particularly research of unconscious perception, for the design of environments that affect human subjectivity and regulate behavior. At Illinois Institute of Technology, she is teaching courses in the history and theory of architecture and the built environment. Prior to joining Illinois Tech, Vronskaya was a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently a guest lecturer of architectural theory at the ETH Zurich. She has been a recipient of fellowships and awards from the Getty Research Institute, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, the Swiss Government, Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA), among other institutions.


Ph.D. History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Moscow State University


Swiss Government Excellence Fellowship (2013-14)

Getty Research Institute Predoctoral Fellowship (2012-13)

Dumberton Oaks Research Library Junior Fellowship in Garden and Landscape Studies (2011)

Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (2009)

MIT Presidential Fellowship (2007)


Vronskaya, Alla. 2018. "Objects-Organizers: the Monism of Things and the Art of Socialist Spectacle" A History of Russian Exposition and Festival

Vronskaya, Alla. 2016. "Invisible Colors: The Narkomfin House-Painting Experiment" The O'Neil Ford Monograph Series

Vronskya, Alla. 2015. "Urbanist Landscape: Militsa Prokhorova, Liubov' Zalesskaia, and the Emergence of Society Landscape Architecture" Women, Modernity, and Landscape Architecture

Alla Vronskaya

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