Omar Akbar (Kabul, 1948) studies Architecture and Urbanism at the Technical University Berlin, teaching as an Associate Professor at the University of Arts Berlin and at the Technical University Berlin. His professional experience as architect and urbanist include Baghdad (Iraq) from 1981 to 1992, Banjul (Gambia), Sana’a (Yemen) and Aswan (Egypt). He was a Professor for Theory of Architecture and Urban Design at the University for Applied Sciences in Dessau from October 1998 till December 2008.
Omar was an Executive Director of the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau and from 2002 till December 2008 and also an Executive Director of the International Building Exhibition 2010 Saxony-Anhalt. He is a member of the Aga Khan Steering Committee (2005-2007) 10th Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
Gunnar Hartmann (Leinefelde, 1972) is a self-employed architect and runs the Berlin-based Institute for integrative urban design, New Dialogues. He studied fine arts (BFA) at the University of Wisconsin, Architecture (MArch) at Rice University, and cultural science (Ph.D.) at the Department of History and Theory of Culture at Humboldt University in Berlin. Since 2001 he has taught in the United States, Switzerland, Germany, and Macedonia; among other things, as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Architecture at the University of Minnesota (2004), program director of the master course at the Chur Institute of Architecture in Switzerland (2005-2009), guest professor at the DIA Graduate School of Architecture in Germany (2007-2018), and guest professor at the SS. Cyril and Methodius University in Macedonia (2018). He was an associate member and permanent fellow at the Cluster of Excellence »Image Knowledge Gestaltung « at Humboldt University (2013-2018) and collaborated on publications and exhibitions with the German Environment Agency.
Maroje Mrduljas (Rijeka, 1971) is an architect, critic and curator. He has curated and contributed to the exhibitions and publications “Towards Concrete Utopia” (MoMA NY), “SOS Brutalism” (DAM Frankfrukt), “Lifting the Curtain – Central European Architectural Networks” (Venice Architecture Biennale 2014), “Team X East”, “Unfinished Modernisations – Between Utopia and Pragmatism”, “Continuity of Modernity”, “Balkanology” (SAM Basel), “Housing Models – Experiment and Everyday Life” and others. In 2009 he established the collaborative research platform “Unfinished Modernisations” (with Vladimir Kulić) which investigates architecture and urban phenomena in the region of former Yugoslavia. He co-authored two seasons of documentary films “Concrete Slumbers” about neglected post-WWII modernist architecture in the region of former Yugoslavia. He is a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb.
Ana Ivanovska Deskova, Vladimir Deskov and Jovan Ivanovski are architects who as a team have been collaborating on various architectural and research projects for more than a decade. After a series of architectural competitions in the period 2008-2011, they have been working on a large number of surveys and exhibitions. In 2014 they were curators and part of the wider team of authors of the project “Findings”, for the Macedonian Pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale. They are authors of numerous research projects: “Invisible Skopje” (MGS, 2013), “Biography of an architectural work: Telecommunication Center – Skopje” (MGS 2016), “Skopje Verticals” (MGS, 2018) and “Endangered Species” (Museum of Natural Sciences, 2018), each followed by an exhibition and publication. They have presented their research on Skopje’s Modern Architecture outside the borders of Macedonia with the exhibitions: “Skopje, Macedonian architecture in context” (Ringturm Gallery, Vienna, 2017), “The future as a project: Doxiadis in Skopje” (Benaki Museum, Athens, 2018) and within the wider research team: “Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia 1948-1980” (MoMA, New York, 2018).
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