Karin Šerman graduated in architecture from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb in 1989. She received her MDesS (Master in Design Studies) in Architectural History and Theory from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1996, with Prof. K. Michael Hays as advisor. She was awarded the Gerald M. McCue Award for the highest academic achievement at the Harvard Design School. In 2000 she received her PhD from the University of Zagreb, with Prof. Boris Magaš as advisor. Since 1990, she has been employed at the Department of History and Theory of Architecture of Zagreb’s Faculty of Architecture.
Prof. Šerman teaches courses in architectural theory in the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral study programmes of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb. She also teaches Architectural Theory at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy, University of Split. Since 2007 she has been the Head of the module Architectural Thought of the doctoral programme at Zagreb's Faculty of Architecture. As a researcher, she has participated in the scientific project Atlas of 20th Century Croatian Architecture. She serves on editorial boards of the scholarly journals Prostor and INDECS – Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems. Since 2005 she has been a correspondent of the Swiss journal Werk, Bauen + Wohnen.
Prof. Šerman authored numerous scholarly and professional papers in international and Croatian journals, magazines and books on the topics of modern and contemporary architecture and culture, and architectural theory.