Kateryna Malaia is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Mississippi State University. She studies the evolution of quotidian architecture in the times of socio-political change through the lenses of cultural practices and material culture. Malaia holds a PhD in Architecture (Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Program) from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2019). She also holds B.Arch (2009) and M.Arch (2011) degrees from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kyiv, Ukraine. Malaia’s writing has been published in venues including East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies, PLATFORM, and Architectural Histories (forthcoming).
Malaia’s dissertation "Domestic Space in the Times of Change: The Collapse of the USSR, 1985-2000s" concentrated on the transformations that took place in urban apartment housing in the years before and after the collapse of Soviet state-socialism in 1991. This research was supported by the R1 Distinguished Dissertator Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and received an Honorable Mention 2020 ARCC Dissertation Award. Malaia’s other projects received fellowships from the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe and Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History (forthcoming). Malaia’s new project will concentrate on user-generated modifications in North American urban homes in relation to the growing housing precarity.