As a professionally accredited architect (RIBA), I have extensive experience in new build, conservation, adaptation, and remodelling projects. My architectural pedagogy, which centres around the student experience, has developed over the years of teaching as an associate lecturer, and was formalised during my studies for a PGCert (LTHE).
My education stems from a landscape & urbanism background, using mapping and data collection, policy analyses, geo political appraisals and a critical understanding of physical and intangible networks to create architectural and landscape solutions that often cover a large geographic area. My thesis project based on the Europan 6 competition looked into the regeneration of a typical Dutch new town and the implication of the policy change in land reclamation http://www.presidentsmedals.com/Project_Details.aspx?id=787&dop=True.
Being part of teaching teams in ateliers 3xD, Re-Map, and Infrastructure Space, has allowed me to maintain the interest in infrastructural and wider spatial concerns.
My long-standing interests in sustainability and climate change have resulted in a design of Manchester’s first Zero Carbon apartment block and the securing of its planning permission. This interest has been applied in co-leading the Atelier Formwork, with a strong emphasis on design for disassembly & temporarity; and in co-writing BA2 briefs, with focus on food production and sustainable communities.
Role: Project Director
Architectural Practice: Makin Architecture
- Xantium, Mason St Manchester - The project was commended in the Unbuilt Residential category 2009, by Manchester Society of Architects. It explored and delivered, alongside BRE and sustainability consultants, a scheme which was to be the first proposed Zero Carbon apartment building in Manchester to achieve planning permission at a Level 6 under the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM Excellent for office spaces. (https://www.building.co.uk/news/makin-wins-approval-for-manchesters-first-zero-carbon-flats/3118782.article).
Role: Project Architect
Architectural Practice: Provan & Makin
Project delivery from conception to post-construction appraisal.
- Plymouth Grove – The project was awarded Winner of the Residential Category 2008, by the Manchester Society of Architects. Mixed use development, with retail, offices, a church, 358 student bedrooms and 116 key worker apartments on a site close to Manchester University. It explores balancing of disparate urban contexts whilst responding to a variety of end users’ needs. Completed September 2007.
- South Manchester Synagogue - The project was awarded Winner of the Conversion and Re-use Category 2008 by the Manchester Society of Architects. Grade 2* listed building in Fallowfield. The project investigates strict religious rules and a contemporary use of community building. Reinstating and retaining the original building fabric is juxtaposed with a delicate insertion of a new structure, to provide additional programme necessary to save the building from disuse. Phase I completed 2008.
- Liberty Park – The project was awarded Winner of the Residential category 2004, by the Manchester Society of Architects. This was a new build providing accommodation for 576 students, a D&B scheme in Leeds. It makes enquires into residential development in light industrial area and delivering the client brief whilst not preventing future development in the immediate context. Completed in September 2003.
Recent projects involving BA and MArch students:
- Town Hall Renovation - Exploration in applying sustainable principles in order to provide current environmental comfort standards in a grade I listed building.
- Contact Theatre Project – Study of employing temporary and nomadic structures for design of performance spaces
- North Sea territory with focus on Grimsby – Investigation of regeneration opportunities using Arup’s 2020 Grimsby Town Centre Masterplan Framework as a basis for designing accommodation for off shore workers and identifying past and future industries
- Castlefield – How do we address climate emergency by utilising urban food production?
- Ancoats – Post pandemic reassessment of accommodation for performance artists.
Academic and professional qualifications
PGCert Learning & Teaching in Higher Education Distinction 2021 MMU
Architects Registration Board Registered architect since 2003
Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice 2002 RIBA NW
B.Arch with Distinction 2001 MSA
Heywood Medal highest overall academic grade 2001 UoM
BA (Hons) in Architecture 1998 UoM
HND1 in Building Studies 1995 UC Salford
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English 1992
Architectural Technician Diploma 1987 ATS Belgrade
Associate Lecturer – Manchester MSA (2004 - 2022)
Board Director - Makin Architecture (2007 - 2009)
Project Architect - Provan and Makin (2003 - 2007)
Architectural Technologist - MBLC (1995)
English - Proficiency level
Serbian - Native speaker