Dr. Ksenia Litvinenko
Associated Researcher | Contemporary History and Archive

Ksenia Litvinenko is a historian of architecture. She received a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Manchester in 2023, supported by the President’s Doctoral Scholar Award and the German Historical Institute Doctoral Fellowship. Her PhD thesis worked with and through dispersed archives of the Giproteatr Design and Research Institute, one of the most influential organisations behind the mass construction and refurbishment of buildings for culture and performing arts in the Soviet Union and abroad. Litvinenko’s current personal and collaborative research concerns the institutional history of the architectural profession in the transnational Socialist Bloc, mobilities of architecture, technology, and knowledge in the last decades of the Cold War, and architectural governance of mobility and sedentism. For the duration of her placement at the IRS, Litvinenko collaborates with the Research Group "Histories of the Built Environment" led by Dr Monika Motylińska  to facilitate scientific exchange and strengthen comparative perspectives on the German and Soviet frameworks for the twentieth-century global architectural mobilities.