Maryia Rusak
Curriculum vitae

Maryia Rusak is an ETH Postdoctoral Fellow (2022-24) at the Chair of the History and Theory of Urban Design, gta, ETH Zurich, led by Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete. Maryia’s postdoctoral project investigates the Nordic architecture of foreign aid in postcolonial Africa, focusing on the pragmatic economic rationale behind architectural production.

Prior to joining gta, Maryia completed her PhD at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (2022) under the supervision of Prof. Mari Hvattum. Her doctoral dissertation examined the prolific building output of Moelven Brug—a Norwegian timber prefabrication company that, between 1955 and 1973, built schools, large housing developments and public buildings across the country. During her PhD, Maryia has been a research fellow at the Bauhaus Global Modernism Lab in Dessau (2020) and co-taught AHO Master’s studio course on urban densification strategies (2021). In her research, Maryia is particularly interested in histories of everyday objects, webs of bureaucratic institutions, obscure intricacies of architectural production and, in general, how things are made.

Maryia holds a MArch in Sustainable Urban Planning and Design from KTH, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden and a BA (magna cum laude) from Princeton University, USA. She has also worked for SWECO Architects on large urban design and infrastructural projects in Sweden and abroad.