Dana Vais teaches at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (TUCN). She is the coordinator of the doctoral programs in architecture in TUCN’s Doctoral School. She earned both her architecture degree (1989) and her PhD (2000) at the University of Architecture and Urbanism ‘Ion Mincu’ in Bucharest.

Her habilitation thesis (2013) addressed the subject of “Spatial Margins”. Her visiting appointments include the DAAP College at the University of Cincinnati OH (Fulbright fellow, 2007) and École d’Architecture Paris Belleville (1992). She has been a fellow of the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem (2019-2020), as a member of the research group “Re-theorizing Housing as Architecture”, and a visiting researcher at the DAStU / Politecnico di Milano (2022). She is a member of the Housing Group at the EAHN (European Architectural History Network). Her recent publications focus on the architectural discourse during the socialist period, socialist housing history, and 1960s imageries of the future.

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