TA Summer - Anchor
Graduate Student Fellowship Fall 2019-Spring 2020
School of Architecture Fellowship Fall 2019-Spring 2020
Graduate Tuition Scholarship Fall 2019-Spring 2020 - Kosciuszko Foundation
Fulbright Student Research Grant, Poland, 2018-2019

Alexander Bala is currently a master's student in Architectural History at the University of Texas at Austin. He received a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree from Virginia Tech and was a Fulbright Scholar in Poland during the 2018-19 academic year. 

Alexander's research centers around Polish modernism. Specifically, he focuses on the post-war architect, designer, and artist Oskar Hansen (1922-2005) and his theory of "Open Form," which advocates for the role of architecture and the design of the built environment as a participant-based, mutable backdrop that drives foreground effects and facilitates social relations between individuals and their collective organizations.

He will be a Teaching Assistant (TA) for the "Architectural Theory: Historical Overview" course in the Spring 2021 semester.


  • B.Arch., Virginia Tech

Interview with David Carson. Studio Collective, Spring 2018, Vol. IX.

photo of Alexander Bala
  • Architectural History & Theory
  • Modern Architecture
  • Contemporary Architecture
  • Socialist Modernism
  • Soviet and Communist Studies