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Dekleva gregorič arhitekti was set up by Aljoša Dekleva and Tina Gregorič in 2003 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. They both graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and continued studying at the Architectural Association in London, where they received Master degrees in Architecture, with Distinction, in 2002.

The work of dekleva gregorič arhitekti first received international attention with XXS house, and was awarded the Silver Plate, European Architecture Award Luigi Cosenza, in 2004, and the WALLPAPER* award, Best breakthrough designers, in 2005. In 2009, the Metal recycling plant ODPAD was nominated and shortlisted for the Mies van den Rohe Award 2009, was awarded at the International Architecture Awards 2009, and won Plečnik’s Medal prize in Slovenia among others. In 2009 they also won the international 40 under 40 award from the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. In 2012 the Clifftop house on Maui received 2nd place at the AIT awards, in the Luxury Living category, and at the International Architecture Awards 2012. The same year the office was selected for a Highly Commended group of practices for ’21 for 21′ WAN AWARDS 2012 – searching for “21 architects for the 21st Century. The initiative aims to highlight 21 architects who could be the leading lights of architecture in the 21st Century; outstanding, forward-thinking people and organisations who have the demonstrable potential to be the next big thing in the architectural world.” Two of their projects, Housing Perovo and KSEVT (Cultural Centre of EU Space Technologies), were nominated for the Mies van den Rohe Award 2013. Recently, their latest finalized project: Compact Karst House, has been nominated for the Mies van den Rohe Award 2015.

Aljoša Dekleva, M.Arch (AA Dist), b.1972, Postojna, Slovenia, 1998 graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2002 Master degree in Architecture with Distinction, DRL, Architectural Association, London, UK. Since 2014 director of Architectural Association Visiting School Slovenia. Has recently been a guest professor at École d’architecture de l’Université de Montréal, Canada.

Tina Gregoric, M.Arch (AA Dist), b.1974, Kranj, Slovenia, 2000 graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2002 Master degree in Architecture with Distinction, DRL, Architectural Association, London, UK. From 2002 – 2004 a lecturer in architecture at the IGuW, Technische Univesitaet Graz, Austria. Since 2014 full-professor and Head of the Department for Building theory and Design, Institute of Architecture and Design, Vienna University of Technology, Austria.

Tina and Aljoša are also co-founders of RAMTV ( – an international architectural network formed in 2000 at the AA, London. RAMTV’s master thesis on mass-customisation in housing, ‘Negotiate my boundary!’, received international professional acclaim and was published as a book by Architectural Association Publications, 2002, London and re-issued by Birkhauser, 2006, Basel. (RAMTV are: Dekleva, Aljoša; Gatto, Manuela; Gregorič, Tina; Sedlak, Robert & Stroumpakos, Vasili)

They have been visiting lecturers and critics at the Architectural Association London, Technical University Graz Austria, University of Ljubljana, IUAV Venice, Akademie der Kunste Berlin, University of Napoli Italy, DWM Mexico and many others. They have also been running a Summer school studio at the Architectural Association, London and a workshop at CEDIM, Mexico. In 2014 Aljoša and Tina mentored a nanotourism design research group, which received the Best Collaboration Award at BIO 50 (24th Biennial of Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia), for being an outstanding example of design ingenuity being used to reinvent and reinvigorate an important area of the Slovenian and other economies.

It was great for xarchitekten to be invited to BDW as Austrian Architects We were expecting a great time by experiencing all this different thinking’s on design issues. At first there was the road movie from Vienna to Belgrade: 600 Kilometers of flat land, an immense impression of wideness - like riding on a green ocean. Arriving Belgrade we were hosted by the perfect Organization and accompanied by very nice people of BDW. The most valuable element of BDW´s Performing, Discussing, Lecturing in the Theater, Visiting the Clubs and Restaurants of Belgrade has been the linking excellent thinking and facing experts coming from different fields of design as well as different regions of Europe. xarchitekten are convinced about the great role of BDW as an Place for multidisciplinary Evolution, therefore BDW is facing a great future. Hopefully xarchitekten will be connected to BDW again.