Aljoša Dekleva and Tina Gregorič are alongside their architectural practice intensively involved in reshaping approaches to architectural education. They both graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and later received Master degrees in Architecture with Distinction at the Architectural Association (AA) in London (AADRL 2002), after which they established Dekleva Gregorič architects in 2003. Aljoša Dekleva is Programme Director of Architectural Association Visiting School Slovenia, and was a guest Professor of Architecture at UdeM, Montreal, Canada. Tina Gregorič is Professor of Architecture at TU Wien, Austria. They lecture extensively both in Slovenia and abroad, presenting their practice and their research.
Negotiate my Boundary!
Initially they began with research on topics of user participation and mass-customization of collective housing at the AA in London, and are co-authors of the book Negotiate my boundary!, published by AA Publications and Birkhauser (2006). The book received intense professional attention, related particularly to the social models of sharing and co-habitation.
Research by Design Process
Their practice attempts to pursue the concept of ‘research by design’ and ‘design by research’ through diverse projects, through different scales and programs as well as diverse climates and localities. Understanding of the specific constrains and conditions of the context become the ultimate generative tool that aims to challenge the obvious. They utilize a systematic design approach to establish an intense structuring of space and to challenge the use of materials by exposing their primary natures. The user experience of architecture and participation continue to constitute the practice’s central objective. Topics like new collectivity, sharing, participation and collaboration frame a social position to architecture that aims to stimulate new interaction with or between users, encourage user participation in the design process and customization according to users’ needs. Aljoša Dekleva and Tina Gregorič tend to continuously question the role of architecture in an attempt to improve our society.
Home and Dwelling
Several projects explore the topic of home and dwelling, including their first project, the internationally awarded 43 m2 XXS House (2004), Ljubljana. The House Maui, Hawaii received the AIT Award and International Architecture Awards 2012. They have managed to improve social interaction with a series of small but distinct shared spaces as part of large collective housing project Brick neighborhood in Ljubljana. In 2015 they explored the potentials of redefining regional tradition and condensed family life in Compact Karst House, which won the WAN House of the Year 2015 Award, Best architects 16 Award, and was commended in the prestigious AR House Award 2015, by Architectural Review, UK.
Awards and Nominations
Their work have received many international and national awards. Their first received international attention XXS House was awarded the Silver Plate, European Architecture Award Luigi Cosenza (2004) and the WALLPAPER* award for Best Breakthrough Designers (2005). They won the international 40 under 40 award from the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies (2009). The House on Maui received 2nd place at the AIT awards (2012) in the Luxury Living category, and at the International Architecture Awards (2012). Their work was nominated and shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe Award: Metal Recycling Plant (2009), Housing Perovo(2013), Cultural Centre of Space Technologies KSEVT (2013) and Compact Karst House (2015). In 2013 they were named for 21 WAN AWARDS 2012 (search for 21 architects for the 21st century).
In 2014 they initiated a distinctive design research project on nanotourism, a participatory, locally oriented alternative to the current downsides of conventional tourism. At BIO50 (24th Biennial of Design, Ljubljana) they received the biennial’s highest honor – Best Collaboration Award together with their team for being an outstanding example of design ingenuity being used to reinvent and reinvigorate an important area of the Slovenian and other economies.
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