Dr Tijana Stevanović

Lecturer in Architecture & Design

Tijana Stevanović is an architect, writer, and artist. She joined UCA in 2015. Tijana has worked in architectural education since 2006, previously holding teaching positions at: Newcastle University, University of East London, University of Belgrade, and currently (2015-), University College London, convening and teaching both architectural design and architectural history and theory modules at undergraduate and master level. She has worked in design practice in Austria, on projects ranging from residential extensions to urban planning. She is regularly invited to give talks in the UK and abroad in the academic and art context and participates in design crits in architecture schools across the UK.

Tijana completed her PhD in Architectural Theory and Criticism at Newcastle University in 2018. Previously she has been an affiliated researcher to the ‘Architecture in Effect’, a strong research environment hosted by KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm (2013-2017). In addition to her architecture degree, Grad. Eng. Arch. (University of Belgrade) she also holds the MA in Identity, Culture and Power from University College London. Tijana’s research is situated at the intersection of architectural history, cultural studies, critical theory and art criticism, focusing on the questions of technology, labour, and social agency in architectural design. Her PhD thesis titled ‘Incorporating Self-management: Architectural Production in New Belgrade’ examined developments in architectural practice and education in Belgrade in the post-war period, during socialist Yugoslavia’s implementation of the workers’ self-management. The thesis interprets a range of sources — archival technical and legal documents, educational literature, professional press, oral history etc. — that elucidate the transformation of everyday realm of architects’ work during Yugoslav self-managed socialism. It advocates that architectural design should be understood in terms of processes, rather than as the products of individual design.

Tijana’s long-standing interest in critical aspects of authorship in architectural practice, and the figure of the architect as worker resulted in her research publications, contributions to various edited volumes: Rethinking the Social in Architecture (2019); Re-Framing Identities, Architecture’s Turn to History,1970-1990 (2016); Industries of Architecture (2015); Pedagogies of Disaster (2013). With the artist and interdisciplinary historian, Dr Sophie Read, she led a project which proposed a feminist practice of architectural history, involving embodied intervention with the past. ‘Overpainting that jostles’ installation was exhibited at KTH Stockholm, and is published in Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies (2018). Tijana is often curating and exhibiting collaborative art projects that explore the systems of knowledge classification, feminist economies, and flexible work conditions: I am too sad to dissent (Flutgraben, Berlin, 2013) A Partial Index (Baltic 39, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2014), Sick Leave (District, Berlin, 2015); notably, she exhibited her research at the Architecture Biennale in Venice (2008).