dekleva gregorič architects was set up by Aljoša Dekleva (b.1972) and Tina Gregorič (b.1974) in 2003 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. They have both graduated at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and continued studying at the Architectural Association (AA) in London, where they received Master degree in Architecture with Distinction in 2002. They are co-authors of the book on mass-customisation and responsive environments in collective housing titled Negotiate my boundary! that received intense professional attention and was published by AA Publications, 2002, London and re-issued by Birkhauser, Basel, 2006. In 2014 they initiated and led the research on nanotourism that was recently presented and awarded at the BIO50 (24th Biennial of Design).
The work of dekleva gregorič architects first received international attention with XXS house in Ljubljana and was awarded Silver Plate, European Architecture Award Luigi Cosenza in 2004 and WALLPAPER* award, Best breakthrough designers in 2005. In 2009 Metal recycling plant ODPAD was nominated and shortlisted for Mies van den Rohe Award 2009, was awarded International Architecture Awards 2009 and Plečnik’s Medal prize in Slovenia among others. In 2009 they have also won international award 40 under 40 award from the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. In 2012 the Clifftop house on Maui received the 2nd place in AIT award in Luxury Living category and International Architecture Awards 2012. Last year the office was selected in a Highly Commended group of practices for 21 for 21 WAN AWARDS 2012 – searching for “the 21 architects for the 21st century. The initiative aims to highlight 21 architects who could be the leading lights of architecture in the 21st century; outstanding, forward-thinking people and organisations who have the demonstrable potential to be the next big thing in the architectural world.” Two of their projects Housing Perovo and KSEVT (Cultural Centre of EU Space Technologies) were nominated for Mies van den Rohe Award 2013. Recently, their last finalized project Compact Karst House has been also nominated for Mies van den Rohe Award 2015.
Tina is professor and chair of the Department of Building Research and Design at the Institute of Architecture at Vienna University of Technology, Austria and was previously teaching at Graz University of Technology. Aljoša is director of Architectural Association Visiting School (AAVS) Slovenia and was guest professor at École d’architecture de l’Université de Montréal, Canada. In 2014 Aljoša and Tina mentored international design research professionals as well as international students of AAVS Slovenia on the topic of nanotourism, which received the Best Collaboration Award at BIO 50 (24th Biennial of Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia), for being an outstanding example of design ingenuity being used to reinvent and reinvigorate an important area of the Slovenian and other economies. They have been visiting lecturers and critics at Architectural Association London, Technical University Graz Austria, University of Ljubljana, IUAV Venice, Akademie der Kunste Berlin, University of Napoli Italy, DWM Mexico and many others.
dekleva gregorič architects understand design as research on several modes (spatial, social, material, historical…) and response to specific constrains and conditions. They are aiming to challenge the obvious. There is no style but rather a systematic design approach as organizational technique to intense structuring of space and challenging the use of materials with exposing their primary natures. They are concerned with the user and therefore aiming to stimulate new social interactions among users, users’ participation in the design process and customization to users’ needs. Their work spans different scales and programs as well as diverse climates and localities. The understanding of each is crucial for any subtle response within the codes of each context.
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