Dr Tijana Stevanovic
The Bartlett School of Architecture
Faculty of the Built Environment
- Joined UCL
- 28th Sep 2015
My research is situated at the intersection of architectural history, cultural studies, critical theory, and art criticism, focusing on the questions of technology, labour, and social agency in architectural design. My PhD thesis (PhD awarded in 2019) titled ‘Incorporating Self-management: Architectural Production in New Belgrade’, mobilised contingency of the self-management’s culturally modified parameters of individual and collective agency to critically revisit the often too-easily assumed positions of the authorship in architectural design. It advocated that latter be recast in terms of processes, instead of products.
Previously, I was an affiliate researcher to the 'Architecture in Effect: Rethinking the Social in Architecture', a Strong Research Environment funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas 2011-2016. As one of the outcomes my contribution will be published in the upcoming edited book Rethinking the Social in Architecture (Actar, 2018);
My interest in inflections of individual authorship in architectural practice, and the figure of the architect as worker resulted in the texts published in edited volumes: Re-Framing Identities, Architecture’s Turn to History,1970-1990 (Birkäuser de Gruyter, 2016); Industries of Architecture (Routledge, 2015); Pedagogies of Disaster (Punctum books, 2013).
My practice also involves art collaborations and curatorial projects, which explore knowledge classification and institutionalisation of critique in creative processes.
With the fellow Bartlett scholar, Sophie Read, I led a project which proposed a feminist practice of architectural history, involving embodied intervention with the past. ‘Overpainting that jostles’ was exhibited as the installation at KTH Stockholm, 2016, and is published in the edited volume Architecture and Feminisms (Routledge, 2018).
I was part of the artist collective, Feminist Healthcare Research Group, which sought to expand the understanding of the growing sense of exhaustion in art and culture production, by engaging with Berlin collectives that concern themselves with alternative care practices, exhibited in installation/performance ’Sick Leave’ in District, Berlin, 2015 and a zine Turning Illness into a Weapon, 2015.
With Peter Merrington I led curatorial platform which engaged PhD students of different disciplines with the communal archive of the legendary Byker Estate, Newcastle designed by Ralph Erskine. Through the film, podcast, an installation (Baltic 39, Newcastle, 2014) and the publication ‘A Partial Index’ (2015) the project addressed the autobiographical testimony’s claim to authenticity.
Through the lecture performance, video installation and artist’s book my project ‘I am too sad to dissent’ (Flutgraben, Berlin, 2013) observed the position of the occupant of the former Berlin Wall’s Watchtower as a place of stuttering and hesitation, where violence of instrumental reason meets the powerlessness of the individual architect.
- Newcastle University
- Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2019
I am a Teaching Fellow in History and Theory of Architecture, leading the seminar unit HT0 ‘Flexible Bodies, Flexible Selves’, as part of the MArch course, 4th year module ‘Advanced Architectural Studies’. I am also a Lecturer in Architecture & Design at the Canterbury School of Architecture, UCA, 2015—. I have been involved in architectural education for more than 10 years, previously holding teaching positions at Newcastle University, University of East London, and Belgrade University, teaching both architectural design and architectural history and theory modules.
I trained as an architect at Belgrade University (2008). As an Open Society Foundation/Foreign Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholarship recipient I also completed an MA in Identity, Culture and Power at the University College London, SSEES (2011). I completed a PhD in Architectural Theory and Criticism at Newcastle University (Nov 2018, viva voce and awarded Feb 2019), for which I received a three-year scholarship from the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.