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Dr. Tijana Vujosevic teaches architectural history and theory. Her focus is the modern period, with a special interest in the peripheries of the Western world. Tijana was born in Belgrade, Serbia; she studied and worked in different cultural milieus – Eastern and Western Europe, America, and Australia. She draws upon lived experience and years of scholarly practice in her efforts to understand the role of architecture in negotiating gender, class, (inter)nationality, as well as cross-species relationships.
In her book, Modernism and the Making of the Soviet New Man (Manchester University Press, 2017), Tijana looks at how architecture shaped protagonists modern life - from the “flying proletarian” to the Stalinist housewife. Through the lens of socialist archi,tecture she argues that ideology is not a monolithic enterprise but a serial production of, often unstable, identities shaped by both fiction and material practices. In addition to Soviet Russia, Tijana has written on capitalist utopias, inter-war Eastern avant-gardes, contemporary domesticity, and, most recently, on the role of animals in producing Cold War global space. Her writing has appeared in Grey Room, Architectural Histories, Cultural Geographies, Slavic and Eastern European Journal, Thresholds, Journal of Design History, Thesis Eleven, Serbian Architecture Journal, and a series of edited volumes. At the moment, she is co-editing the Russia and Soviet Union section of the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture 1965-2015.
Tijana enjoys engaging in conversation with students more than lecturing them, and 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 as diverse as the 19th century British interior and Aboriginal Dreamings. She is passionate about supporting students in forging unique paths as designers and intellectuals.
Before coming to UBC, Tijana taught history and studio courses at Yale, MIT, University of Virginia, and the University of Western Australia. In 2018-2020 she was the Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Strasbourg. As part of the Fellowship, she pursued a research project on Cold War representations of the environment in collaboration with the Laboratoire Image, Ville, Environnement (LIVE) within the Faculty of Geography, and lectured on urban history. Her research has also been supported by year-long grants of the Gerda Henkel Foundation and the American Association of University Women, as well as shorter grants from the Canadian Centre for Architecture, West Australian Society for Theatre Research, and multiple MIT and University of Western Australia internal grants. Tijana is the co-founder of the Art Architecture History Assembly, an organization that brings together architects, artist and historians, and co-organized the Assembly’s conference Borderlines: Agency and Transformation in Global Art and Architecture.
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MArch, Yale University
BArch, Yale University