Main stage panel discussions

Within the Days of Architecture in Sarajevo, organized by the non-government organization LIFT - Spatial Initiative in partnership with the Association of Architecture Students of Sarajevo and the Association of Architects of Bosnia and Herzegovina, together with the thematic exhibition "Continuous Interior", panels and discussions are planned that will deal with themes of territory, migration, borders, cities, societies, politics, economics, media, education, speculations and the future. In cooperation with Ana Dana Beroš and Ivan Dorotić, we will hold five panels with numerous guests, architects, designers and activists, and elaborate topics whose headlines and thematic frames are presented below.

*Each participant of panel discussion will hold a short lecture within the panel.


Panel 01: Designing Future

Architecture does not exist without the future. Every concept we have, every strategy or project demands a projection of its future, every idea demands a period in which it can be tested and built, and then accepted or dismissed. This phenomenon makes architecture a very slow discipline, its tools are inert, and it’s modes of operation are almost completely inapprehensible to most people. On the other hand, the speed of a digital society, its shifting economy, and powerful unrestrained media, are constantly emitting and speeding up the expansion of ideas, thoughts and omissions. In this deeply divided situation in which architecture had found itself, it is placed right amidst the quick and elusive reality, and the slow and uncertain future. We need to construct sustainable methods, and establish systems that absorb potential defects, openly speculate and freely design new utopias.

Ivica Mitrović

Ivica is an assistant professor at the department of Visual Communications Design at the Arts Academy in Split, where he teaches Interaction Design and Interactive Media Design. He received a doctorate from the University of Split and several other degress from other international institutions. Since 2001 he has been working on promoting and introducing the Interaction Design in Croatia and the region. The activities concerning the promotion of the interaction design include a series of workshops and they resulted in the organization of the International Symposium at the Arts Academy in Split in 2009. At the end of last year his book Designing New Media, Design and the New Media – Croatian Context (1995 – 2010) was published. He is currently coordinating the UrbanIxD project for the University of Split. Ivica is also the vice president of the Croatian Design Society.


Ida Križaj-Leko

In 1983 she graduates from School of Architecture in Zagreb. She worked in different architectural bureaus such are Turato doo, Studio UP, ARP, Radionica arhitekture and Branimir Rajčić architectural practice. In 2012 she starts an independent office in Rijeka. She stands for Bruce Sterling’s quote Tomorrow composts today and is a supporter of biomimicry. She edits an online blog Praksa.

Urlich Hagen - OSNAP

Born in Dornbirn, Austria in 1975. Studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Technology in Graz and at the University of Central England in Birmingham. Worked for architecture offices in Vienna and Vorarlberg. Managed housing projects and competitions at querkraft architekten. Member of Chamber of Architects Vienna. Heads the architect’s practice OSNAP Vienna.

Christoph Hinterreiter - OSNAP

Arch. DI Christoph Hinterreiter Born in Grieskirchen, Austria in 1976. Studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Technology in Graz and at the University of Edinburgh. Worked for architecture offices in Austria and Germany, the World University Service in Sarajevo and the BiH War Crimes Chamber Project.

Currently partner at OSNAP Vienna and Sarajevo.Open South North Architecture Practice ( OSNAP) is an Architecture Practice located South of the main stream and North of the status quo.


Idis Turato - moderator

Idis Turato (1965) is a Croatian architect born in Rijeka. At the Faculty of Architecture in the University of Zagreb he has graduated and got an MA degree, then he finished his doctorate in year 2012. with the topic of Architecture of “finished elements” – designing with methods of compiling and adjustment of previously prepared assemblies and fragments. He is a full-time professor at the Faculty of Architecture in the University of Zagreb, and a guest professor on Faculty of Construction, Architecture and Geodesy in Split, Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana and Faculty of Architecture in the University of Beograd. He opened a bureau called Randić-Turato together with Saša Randić in 1992, with whom he collaborated till the year 2009, after which he established his independent office called Architectural Studio Turato, LLC.

Panel 02: Designing Content

In today’s time on uncertainty, when objective facts have a weaker impact on the formation of vox populi than personal feelings do; when security, comfort and “smart” represent key elements of the evaluation of architecture, it seems as though the deliberation of content has become imperative for every action of an architect. The content that is being defined by numerous, often confronted opinions, political, economic and social circumstances, demands a clear idea in the design, a universally acceptable concept and a clear sense that connects the two. The new function of design is synthesizing multiple processes which mutually intertwine and assemble into a specific spacial response. Besides having to conform to demands of function and aesthetics, architecture performs the role of a manufacturer of processes created on a basis of openly supported, distinct and clear content.

Maja Lalić

Maja Vidaković Lalić, founder of cultural organization Mikser, brought to Serbia some of the most famous world designers and with that changed the aesthetic consciousness of her community. One of such designers is Karim Rashid, superstar of contemporary design, an artist who plays with plastics in the same manner Picasso played with colors. Along with that Maja has managed to showcase local designer talents in one of the most important design exhibitions in the world in Milano Furniture Expo. Maja has graduated architecture in Blegrade. She did her masters in University of Columbia after which she started working in the Kramer Studio. 


Dinko Peračić

Dinko Peračić was born in Split in 1977 . He did his Masters Degree in Architecture in Barcelona at the Institute of Advanced Architecture  of Catalonia (IAAC) with topic “Hypereurope - An emergent territory”. His Bachelor Degree was done at the School of Architecture of University of Zagreb. He is a founder of Platforma 9.81 - association of architectural research and partner at ARP architectural office. With his work he participates in organizations such are Association of Architects of Croatia, Association of Architects Split, Platforma Doma mladih and KLFM - community radio. He is involved in projects regarding culture, tourism and urban planning. He won several awards on architectural competitions in Croatia. Since 2008 he is an employee of School of Architecture in Split, and since 2014 he is employed by the Department of Architectural Design. He won second award of Salon arhitekture in 2006 with R.Šilje and other awards. In 2009 with Miranda Veljačić he works on the project Projekat revitalizacije Doma mladih which is showcased in New York, Rome and Montpellier. Since 2014 he works as organization programme manager.

Amir Vuk

Amir Vuk (1957) is an acknowledge architect from Sarajevo who gained the nickname “Rabbit” because of his speed, and for that his office is often called – the office of emergency architecture.During the past 36 years of active work in the field of architecture and design he developed a creative writing that reconciles traditional and modern, constantly drawing and inventing humanness architectural atmosphere.

Amir Vuk Zec connects Bosnian micro-worlds through construction, often starting from the existing built structure by giving a special seal of love towards the detail, a meticulously directorial attitude for the material and a friendly relation towards the investor, builder.


Idis Turato - moderator


Panel 03: Designing Media

Architecture is a powerful social media, a clear act of politics, a spacial representative of a system and the ideology through which it is created. Architecture is drawn, it is written, constructed and controlled, considering every single field of action as an essential ingredient of the indivisible entirety of an architectural project. In such a universal context, architecture serves the society even to this day, becoming a separate independent media of its own while doing so. It also represents a new way of seeing things, structuring, managing and designing the architecture of media. Designing the media utilizes architectural intelligence, its clear ability of abstraction, spacial networking, graphical adjustments and table planing, as ingredients and methods of a new architectural discipline, design meant for the coherently formed and represented society.

Lorenzo Pignatti

Associate Professor/Associate Director (Rome)

Lorenzo, who received a B. Arch. from the University of Rome and an M.Arch. from the University of Toronto, is the Director of the Waterloo Rome Program and he also teaches at the Facoltà di Architettura in Pescara (Italy). Based in Italy, Lorenzo has an architectural office in Rome. Research interests include: architectural design and urbanism; relationship between history and design; rehabilitation of industrial sites and relationship between architecture and landscape.

Elša Turkušić Jurić

Elša Turkušić Jurić studied at the Faculty of Architecture in Sarajevo and at the Escola Tecnica Superior d`Arquitectura de Barcelona. She holds master of science (2010) and Phd (2014) in architecture and urbanism. Since 2007 she works as a senior teaching assistant at the Department of Architectural Design at the Faculty of Architecture University of Sarajevo. She worked for the foundation The Aga Khan Trust for Culture on the project Historic Cities Support Program: Conservation and Revitalization of Historic Mostar and for the foundation Cultural Heritage without Borders (Sweden), cooperated on the several projects with the Institute for the Protection of Cultural-Historical and Natural Heritage of Canton Sarajevo, and with the Institute for Architecture and Urbanism (Sarajevo). She is author and co-author of several esseys and scientific articles based on researching modern architectural tendencies in the context of cultural and social tendencies. She is a Bosnia-Herzegovina's voting member for ICOMOS International Committee on 20th Century Heritage and independent expert of Mies vdr Rohe Award EU for Architecture.

Ana Dana Beroš 

Ana Dana Beroš has been for several years now an active member of local architectural and cultural scene. She is an author of numerous architectural works, art projects, exhibitions and publications, as well as an initiator and organizer of several educational programmes. As a winner of a number of international rewards, she continuously pushes her work to question existing public space practices while she expands the methods of her architectural engagement. With Vedran Jukić, Mirna Horvat and Ana Boljar she co-founded Archisquard: Architectural consciousness squad and has organized a series of lectures Out of Focus: The Architecture of Giving. She worked in an architectural bureau Dva plus, and in 2009 she won a special recognition award at the Shinkenchik competition in Japan. In 2012, she was one of the finalists for the Weelwright Award which is awarded by the Harvard Graduate Scool of Design, for her project Intermundia, showcased as a part of the Monditalia exhibition at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2013.

Ivan Dorotić - moderator

Ivan Dorotić was born in Split in 1980. After graduating high school he applies at School of Architecture in Zagreb which he successfully graduates at in 2008. At the same School of Architecture he worked as an subject assistant in the Department of Urbanism. Now he works as a freelancer and multidisciplinary author covering fields such are photography (ivannekadfotka), architecture, design and others. He had two independent photography related exhibitions as well as participating in a number of architectural and design related exhibitions.

During a 3 year period he was an editor of blog, and in spring of 2003 he starts an online platform about visual culture and art Vizkultura, where he works as a senior editor. He writes for several portals, and from a while back he is a correspondent from Croatia for a Dutch architectural magazine A10 which writes about european architecture. As freelance photographer he works with several architectural bureaus and designers, and from time to time he enrolls with public relations department regarding different visual arts projects. In the mid 2014 he has an independent documentary photography exhibition Podstanari. Ivan’s works can be found at his page IVAN nekad FOTKA. He lives and works in Zagreb.

Panel 04: Designing Society, Designing the City

If we read architecture, first and foremost, as a social construct, and the city as a platform of social evolution, we will understand the discourse around the boundaries between the public and the private as two key elements of creation of the contemporary urban society. Claiming the public space, or in other words, “the activist fight for the city”, isn’t just a political option of certain (micro)communities inside the urban society, it is also an act of social responsibility of all citizens towards the (auto)production of a collective and democratic space. Public surfaces of a city, as arenas of its diversity and complexity, represent territories of emancipation and conflict, which makes them the ideal training grounds for the design of the most diverse social customs - with a potential for radical urban transformation.

Iva Čukić - Ministarstvo prostora

Iva Čukić was born in Belgrade in 1983. She graduated in 2008 at the School of Architecture in Belgrade, where, one year apart, she does her PhD. Besides architecture she does photography and design. She participated in many local and international exhibitions.

Graduation project of reconstruction and revitalization of thermal power plant “Snaga i svetlost” into Cultural Center of Belgrade, 2008. on Marina Dorćol, Belgrade.

Saša Šimpraga - 1POSTOZAGRAD

Saša Šimpraga is a publicist and an activist from Zagreb. He is an author of a book “Zagreb, public space” and founder of volunteering based platform 1POSTOZAGRAD which aims to improve the city.

Boriša Mraović - CRVENA

Boriša Mraović did his Master’s Degree in Democracy and Human Rights at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Master Studies at University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna. He has Bachelor Degree in Psychology at University of Sarajevo. In past few years he has been working for and with numerous civic society organizations. He worked as a researcher in two independent research organizations regarding public policies problem - Populari and ACIPS. Also he worked as a researcher and consultant for the International Migration Organization on project “Mladi migranti radnici u Bosni i Hercegovini”. He is also an author of several research reports and articles about migration policies, mobility and political culture. Boriša’s research interests are versatile, and he’s especially involved in questions of building and transforming local political culture and her intermediate connection with reform processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Emil Jurcan 

*1981.  Graduated on School of Architecture, Ljubljana. Co-founder of groups Temp and Pulska grupa. Author of projects Small Roman theater in Pula, Nomad Palace in Split and communal port Delfin in Pula. President of Istrian Association of Architects since 2015. Editor of the blog Praksa.

Ana Dana Beroš - moderatorica

Panel 05: Designing Architects

In today’s world, artificial intelligence, big-data and the virtual world are the sculptors of the space around us, which raises an important question: how to educate, train and specialize architects? What is the universal, and what is the specific knowledge that an architect must obtain in order to master a special form of intelligence necessary for him to become capable to cope with the challenges of the society he serves? Designing architects is an overwhelmingly liable and extremely sensitive responsibility, and its methods and principles of function have yet to be recognized. Through contemplating about the autonomy of architecture, learning by researching, using interdisciplinary ideals to interpret and understand different phenomena, to the continuous process of learning by working in practice, the important question is: what are the new theories, strongholds and manifests meant to help the process of creative sculpting of the space between the elusive uncontrollable reality and the simulated virtuality.

Tadej Glažar

Tadej Glažar, practising architect from Slovenia with a great pedagogical experience, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture  in Ljubljana.

Born in Kranj in 1964. Graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana in 1990. Awarded his master’s degree at the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam in 1992. Associate professor at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana. Awards: Piranesi and Plečnik Awards for the primary school in Kočevje, 2002, 2003; Domofin Award for office and warehouse building in Grosuplje, 2003. Major realizations: wooden house in Jezersko, 1994; Vodeb fashion store, Ljubljana, 1996; office and warehouse building in Grosuplje (with Gregorc, Vehovar, Vrhovec), 1999–2001; primary school in Kočevje (with Dodd, Perović, Vehovar), 1997–2003.

Stjepan Roš

Stjepan graduated architecture in 1968.

Stjepan is a professor emeritus of Department of Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo. Stjepan and Tanja Roš have been participating, as a duo, in numerous regional and international competitions in the field of architecture and urbanism, and have won several awards in both local and international exhibitions, some of which are Grand Prix Collegium Artisticum in 1989 and 1999. Their most important projects are: High School Centre Koprivica, Museum of Revolution in Ljubljana, Centre Rapca, Kamerni teatar 55 in Sarajevo and Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo; also Exhibition “Neizvedeni projekti za razrušeno Sarajevo”, Modern Gallery Ljubljana, Kino Meeting Point, Campus-Marin Dvor Sarajevo-Otvoreni Univerzitet, Dialogos, Collegium Artisticum Sarajevo, International Exhibition of Ideas, Oris, Croatian Society of Artists Zagreb; scenography for Alice by L.Caroll at the Tuta Theatre Chicago in 2004, PC Vitez 2004, The Bosnian Chronicle Exhibition, The Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig 2004. Their comments on architecture and design have been published in local and international magazines: Oris, Čip i Vijenac, all from Zagreb.

Vedad Islambegovic 

Vedad Islambegović (1983.) is a practicing architect and one of the founding partners at Filter Architecture, a studio based in Sarajevo. He also works at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Sarajevo as an assistant lecturer, where he got his PHD degree. His research includes fields related to informal city-forming processes and their economic and socio-political origin. At the moment, he performs a duty of a president of Association of Architects in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mia Roth-Čerina

Mia Roth-Čerina was born in Zagreb in 1974. She is an assistant professor at the Department of Architectural Design at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb, where she graduated in 2000 and attained her PhD in 2015. In practice she designs in partnership with Tonči Čerina, with whom she has won numerous awards in open architectural competitions. The focus of her projects and research is the architecture of educational, communal and public spaces. Alongside teaching, research and practice, she is engaged in activities which aim to raise the spatial culture and develop architectural education. She mentors extracurricular workshops and is the Croatian delegate of the UIA Architecture and Children work programme.

Idis Turato - moderator