Vendula Hnidkova



I hold a PhD in Theory and History of Design and New Media from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague which was preceded by my Master degree in History of Art from Masaryk University in Brno. I also studied at the Aalto University in Helsinki and at the Institut für Kunstgeschichte at the Vienna University. Before joining the University of Birmingham, I worked at the Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences and at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in research and teaching positions.

Research interests

I am currently researching Garden Cities Movement in the project Idea, Ideal, Idyll: Garden Cities in Central Europe 1890s-1930s, funded by the ERC (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship). This project examines processes of cultural and intellectual exchange between Britain and Central Europe, with particular regard to ideas of urban and architectural design.

In 2013-2017 I was a member of research project Prefabricated Housing Estates in the Czech Republic as Part of the Urban Environment: An Evaluation and Presentation of Thein Housing and Living Potential. The research, organized by Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, pioneered investigation of the prefabricated housing in Czechoslovakia in terms of art history and urban planning.

In 2013-2015 I have participated as a joint researcher for the project Asymetrische Kunstgeschichte? Erforschung und Vermittlung ´prekärer´ Denkmälerbestände im Kalten Krieg at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (principal researcher Michaela Marek).