Conferences & Lectures

Selected Conference & Workshop Papers:
"Socialist Urban Theory as an Expression of Communist Party Values in 1960s Czechoslovakia,"
To be presented at the Assoc. for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies National Convention, New Orleans, LA. Nov. 2012.

"Ordinary Modernism: Ostrava and Socialist Urbanism after 1960."
At the Annual Czech Studies Workshop, University of Texas, Austin, April 2012.

"Fordism in Czechoslovakia: Bata and the Postwar Building Industry."
At the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, Detroit, MI, April 2012.

"Ordinary Modernism: Ostrava as Typological Study."
At the workshop, "Postmodernism and Late Socialism in East European Architecture," Department of Architecture, MIT, March 2012.

"The Panelak Through the Eyes of an Architect."
At the conference, "Structura," Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic, Nov. 2011.

"What Will Be the Future Life of Socialist Cities?"
At the conference, "Treti mesto," Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, Nov. 2011.

"Ostrava's Future and Its Industrial Past."
At the conference, "Techne," Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic, Oct. 2011.

"Bigness of Another Sort: The Challenge of a Mass Housing Inventory in Czechoslovakia."
At the European Architectural History Network/DOCOMOMO International Conference, "Post-1945 Mass Housing in the Socialist Bloc." University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Sept. 2011.

"Sidliste as a Constructed Environment and a Lived Experience in Metropolitan Prague."
At the conference, "Prague as Represented Space," University of Regensburg, Germany, Institute of Slavic Studies. May 2011.

"Zlin and the Invention of the Panelak."
At the conference, "Company Towns of the Bata Concern," Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic. Mar. 2011.

"Living the Socialist Life: Patterns of the Everyday in Postwar Czechoslovakia."
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) National Convention, Los Angeles, CA. Nov. 2010.

"Infrastructural Thinking: Urban Housing in Former Czechoslovakia from the Stalin Era to EU Succession."
At the conference, "Infrastructures of Home and City: The Problem of Housing in Modern Urban Society," Michigan State U., Lansing, MI. Oct. 2010.

"Materiality without Beauty: The Case of the Structural Panel Building in Czechoslovakia,"on the Roundtable "Return to the Material"
At the 1st European Architectural History Network Conference, Guimaraes, Portugal, June 2010.

"What Became of Bata's Garden City: Zlin in the Communist Years"
4th htc.Workshop, Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Miami, FL, Feb. 2010.

"Socialism with a Modern Face: Czechoslovakia's Pavilion at Expo '58"
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies National Convention, Boston, MA, November 2009.

"Socialist Neighborhoods After Socialism: Assessing the Architectural Legacy of Communism in the Czech Republic"
At the conferences, "Central Europe 1989: Lessons and Legacies," Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, October 2009 and "Memories and Visions: Europe 20 Years after the Fall," Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, December 2009.

"The Safety of Images: Architektura CSR and the Politics of Architectural Representation in Early Communist Czechoslovakia"
Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, Pasadena, CA, April 2009.

"Designing for the Socialist Family: The Evolution of Housing Types in Early Socialist Czechoslovakia"
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies National Convention, Philadelphia, PA, November 2008.

"The Local History of an International Type: The Structural Panel Building in Czechoslovakia"
Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, October 2008.

"The Rainbow Edges: The Legacy of Communist Mass Housing and the Colorful Future of Czech Cities"
2008 American Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Northeast Fall Conference, Amherst, MA, Sept. 2008.

"Architecture or Revolution: Design Culture after 1968"
At the conference, "1968-1980: Prague Spring, Normalization and Charter 77," National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Cedar Rapids, IA, March 2008.

Roundtable Presentation, "The Paradox of Socialist Modernization in an Already Developed Country: The Case of Czechoslovakia"
American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 2008.

"A Modern Phalanstere?: Spaces of Socialist Community in Nova Dubnica, Slovakia (1951-1956)"
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies 39th National Convention, New Orleans, LA, November 2007.

"Building Socialism: Architectural Practice and the Logic of Industrial Production in Postwar Czechoslovakia"
At the conference "Culture, Practices and the Memory of the Cold War" at Miami University, Oxford, OH, October 2007.

"New Ostrava and the Construction of Czechoslovakia's Socialist Landscape"
Czech Workshop at the University of Illinois, Urbana, March 2007.

"Reclaiming Language: Czech Architecture as Political Commentary after Khrushchev"
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies 38th National Convention, Washington, DC, November 2006.

"Landscape of the Socialist Imagination: Reality and Unreality in the Construction of New Ostrava, Czechoslovakia"
European Association for Urban History 8th Biennial Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, August 2006.

"Stavoprojekt and the Industrialization of Architecture in Czechoslovakia, 1948- 1951"
Society of Architectural Historians Annual Convention, Vancouver, BC, April 2005.

"Architects Abroad: Czechoslovakia and the Redefinition of Cultural Exchange in the 1950s"
College Art Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, February 2005.

"Honor to Work!: New Ostrava and the Construction of Czechoslovakia's Socialist Landscape, 1946-1956"
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies 36th National Convention, Boston, MA, December 2004.

"Out of the Factory and Into the Studio: The Rise of Panel-Technology in 1950s Czechoslovakia"
At the conference "ReCovering Post-War Europe: Art and Architecture 1945-1970" at the UPenn School of Design, Philadelphia, PA, October 2004 and the Czech Studies Workshop at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, April 2005.

"Style as Class-Consciousness: Jiri Kroha, Marxism and a People's Architecture in Czechoslovakia"
Society of Architectural Historians Annual Convention, Providence, RI, April 2004.

"Institutional Form, Architectural Structure: The Cultural Origins of the Panel-Building in Czechoslovakia"
At the conference "Tensions of Europe: Technology and the Making of Europe in the Twentieth Century" at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, March 2004.

"Out from Behind the Curtain: Czechoslovakia and the International Union of Architects in the 1950s"
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies 35th National Convention, Toronto, Canada, November 2003.

"The Architecture of Housing in Socialist Czechoslovakia: Modernism, Prefabrication, and the Panel-Building"
At the conference, "Everyday Socialism: States and Social Transformation in Eastern Europe, 1945-1965" at The Open University, London, UK, April 2003.

Selected Invited Lectures:
"Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity: Housing in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1960."
Ph.D. Program in Architectural History, School of Architecture, University of Texas, Austin, April 2012.

"Postwar Housing in Czechoslovakia: Current Research."
Guest at seminar of Prof. Claire Zimmerman, Department of Architecture, University of Michigan, April 2012.

"How the Avant-Garde Generation Became Communist Bureaucrats: The Case of the Architectural Working Group."
At Dum Umeni, Brno, Czech Republic, Dec. 2011.

"Architektonicke vzdelanost v USA (Architectural Education in the United States)" (in Czech).
At the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Ostrava (VSB-TU), Ostrava, Czech Republic, Dec. 2011.

"Ostrava Real and Imagined."
At Antikvariat Fiducia (Bookstore), Ostrava, Czech Republic, Dec. 2011.

"From Socialist Realism to the Panelak: Architectural Practice in Stalinist Czechoslovakia."
At the Department of Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia.

"Sorela - The Socialist City."
At the Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Brno (VUT), Brno, Czech Republic, Nov. 2011.

"The Panelak as an Object of History."
At the Institute of Architectural History, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia, Nov. 2011.

"Myslenky o infrastrukture: vyvoj Ostravy od roku 1950 (Infrastructural Thinking: The Development of Ostrava since 1950)." (in Czech).
At the Department of Art History, Ostrava University, Ostrava, Czech Republic, Nov. 2011.

"From Socialist Realism to the Panelak: Architectural Practice in Stalinist Czechoslovakia."
At the Faculty of Architecture, Czech Technical University (CVUT), Prague, Czech Republic, Nov. 2011.

"Socialist Realism: The View from Abroad."
At the international workshop, "Bydleni v Porube (Housing in Poruba)," Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic, Oct. 2011.

"Who Invented the Panelak?"
At the Architectural Institute in Prague (ARCHIP), Prague, Czech Republic, Oct. 2011.

"Panelstory Revisited: How Communism's Building Boom Defined the Post-Communist City."
At the Institute of Economic and Social History, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, Oct. 2011

"Communism and the Origins of Industrialized Housing Production in Postwar Czechoslovakia."
Columbia University, New York, NY. Apr. 2011.

"The Past and Future of Czech Housing Developments"
Dept. of Architecture All-Graduate Student Seminar Series, Iowa State U., Ames, IA, March 2009.

"The Local History of an International Type: The Structural Panel Building in Czechoslovakia"
History of Technology and Science Program Colloquium Series, Iowa State U., Ames, IA, Oct. 2008.

"Architects and the Events of 1948 in Czechoslovakia"
Seminar at the Institute for Contemporary History, Prague, Czech Republic, June 2008.

"Modernist Dreams: Architecture, Politics and the Housing Question in Czechoslovakia, 1945-56"
Ph.D. Seminar Series at the Graduate School of Architecture, Columbia University, September 2007.

"Walking Tour: The Housing Developments of Prague-Pankrac"
College of William and Mary Summer Study-Abroad Program, Prague, Czech Republic, June 2006.

"Making Sense of Socialist Realism: Architecture and Politics in Czechoslovakia, 1950-54"
Lecture sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program (REEES) and the College of Design at Iowa State University, October 2005.

"From Cubism to Socialist Realism: Jiri Kroha and the Modernist Project in Czechoslovakia"
Lunchtime Lecture Series at the Graduate School of Architecture, Columbia University, July 2004.

"Czechoslovak Housing in the 1940s and 50s: Current Research"
Lecture at the Club for Old Prague, Prague, Czech Republic, May 2003.

Panel Organization:
Co-chair of the panel, "Global History as a Model for Architectural History"
Society of Architectural Historians Annual Convention, Detroit,MI, April 2012.

Session Chair, "Open Session on Pedagogy: New Frameworks for Defining Expertise in Design Teaching"
ACSA Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, March 2009.

Co-chair of the panel, "Authoritarian Urbanisms: Politics and Design in European Communist and Fascist Cities Since 1917"
European Association for Urban History 9th Biennial Conference, Lyon, France, August 2008.

Co-chair of the panel, "Factory-Made: Historic Intersections of Architecture and Industry"
Society of Architectural Historians Annual Convention, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2007.