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Tijana is an architectural and design historian. Having begun her architectural education at the University of Belgrade, in Serbia, where she was born, Tijana received her M.Arch. from Yale and PhD from MIT. Her research interests converge around two major themes – utopia and gender/domesticity.
Tijana is the author of the critically acclaimed monograph Modernism and the Making of the New Man (MUP, 2017), exploring identity, domesticity and collective imagination in the first two decades after the October Revolution. More recently, she co-edited the Russia and the former Soviet Union section of the Global Encyclopaedia of Women in Architecture 1965-2015, scheduled to come out with Bloomsbury in 2023.
Tijana has also worked on a vast range of topics in the history of the long 20th century in the West, from the gender politics of Frank Lloyd Wright and Canadian colonial domesticity to the apocalyptic fantasy behind contemporary material science. Currently Tijana is working on two projects. As a founding member of Architects Against Housing Alienation (AAHA) she is co-curating the Canadian Pavilion at the Architectural Biennale in Venice 2023. Under the slogan Not for Sale! the Canadian pavilion addresses the contemporary Canadian housing crisis, its genealogy, and architectural/political alternatives. Tijana’s second project is a book tentatively titled The Infra-Radical, which explores the role that redesigning small-scale, quotidian, environments has played in rendering large-scale political vision.
Tijana’s research has been supported by numerous grants, including the MIT Presidential Fellowship, Gerda Henkel Foundation PhD Fellowship, American Association of University Women International Fellowship, and, most recently, a two-year Fellowship with the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Strasbourg. Her articles have appeared in Grey Room, Leonardo, Journal of Design History, Architectural Histories, Art Journal, Project, Thresholds, Architectural History, Journal of Architectural Education, Cultural Geographies, Thesis Eleven, Slavic and East European Journal, Serbian Architectural Journal, Art Margins, and others, as well as in a number of edited volumes. In 2020, MOMA Magazine presented her essay on 1930s bathhouses on its site as essential reading during the pandemic. Tijana’s book on communist domesticity was on Owen Hatherley’s list of most notable books of 2017 in the Architectural Review.
Tijana considers the classroom as a platform for the exchange of informed ideas and perspectives. An award-winning teacher, she particularly enjoys guiding students in their efforts to link design with history/theory. She has an extensive experience of supervising independent research from the undergraduate (honors) to the PhD level, on topics pertaining to modern architecture and society. She is passionate about supporting students in forging unique paths as designers and intellectuals.
‘Minor Architectures, Micro Empires: Women and the Production of Domestic Space at the Pacific 19th century ‘Frontier’’, 2023
‘Architecture of the Avant-Apocalypse: Preservation beyond Preservation of the Species’, 2022 https://direct.mit.edu/leon/article-abstract/55/3/258/109937/Architecture-of-the-Avant-Apocalypse-Preservation?redirectedFrom=fulltext
‘Zenitism and Orientalism’, 2021 (with Iva Glisic) https://scindeks-clanci.ceon.rs/data/pdf/2334-8666/2021/2334-86662109029G.pdf
‘The Everyday as the Soviet Gesamtkunstwerk’, 2019 https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0725513619850902?journalCode=thea
‘Of Animals and Seas: Menageries as Representations of Yugoslav Global and Local Space in the Cold War Era’, 2018 https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1474474018782193
Modernism and the Making of the Soviet New Man, 2017 https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526114884/
‘Frank Lloyd Wright, Ayn Rand, and Hyper-Capitalist Utopia’, 2015 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/344800530_Frank_Lloyd_Wright_Ayn_Rand_and_Hyper-Capitalist_Utopia
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