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Spasoje Krunić

Belgrade, Serbia
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Spasoje Krunić was born on the 23rd of October in 1939 in Nikšić, Kingdom of Yugoslavia. He lived and worked in Belgrade in the conditions of socialist Yugoslavia and today's Serbia. He was influenced by the modernist architectural movement, especially the architects Louis I Kahn, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Jože Plečnik. Professor Spasoje Krunić was one of the most important Serbian architects in the second half of the 20th century and the early 21st century, and a markedly vital and contemplative person. He died in Belgrade on the 5th of May in 2020.

Architectural Career

He graduated from general high school in Obrenovac in 1958 and from Belgrade University’s Faculty of Architecture in 1968. He worked as project designer and chief of department at Communal Housing institute of Novi Bečej in the period 1068-1970 and project designer at Urbanism institute of Zrenjanin in 1970. He was senior designer at Belgrade building and development institute from 1970 to 1985. He worked as a free artist from 1985 to 1995. In 1995, he became university lecturer then in 1998 assistant professor and in 2000 professor at Faculty of Architecture at Belgrade University. He was chief of department of Architecture and Urban Design at Belgrade University’s Faculty of Architecture in 2001-2002. He gave lectures on architecture at Architecture faculty of Warsaw in 2004 and Serbian society Sveti Sava in Prague in 2007.

He has been a member of Association of Architects of Serbia (SAS) and Belgrade Architect’s Society (DAB) since 1968, and a member of Association of artists of applied arts and design of Serbia (ULUPUDS) since 1971. He was a member of editorial staff of Club of young architects (KMA) in period 1960-1965. He was editor for a catalogue for the exhibition “Serbian architecture in 20th century” held in Cultural center of Serbia in Paris, and book “Medieval monasteries and churches in Serbia” in 2006. He was the President of the Executive board of the City council of Belgrade from 1997 to 2000, and Vice-President of the Government of Republic of Serbia in period 2000-2001. He was commissioner of the Serbian pavilion at 10th International Biennale of Architecture in Venice in 2006. He received numerous awards and acknowledgements.

Belgrade, Serbia
maria, January 8th, 2021