Alen Žunić

Alen Žunić, MArch, MDesS

Graduated from the Architecture Faculty in 2013. While an undergraduate he did further studies at foreign seminars, including at the Summer Academy ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and the AA London (Architectural Association School of Architecture).  He completed both his undergraduate and graduate courses with the highest honours, summa cum laude, and a grade average of 5.00 in the master’s course.

In 2015 he took a master’s degree (MDesS) in the history and philosophy of architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and in 2016 earned a doctorate from the Architecture Faculty in Zagreb. During 2017/18 he did post-doctoral studies at ETH Zurich, where he carried out research into modern and contemporary urban design and urban theories of the 20th and 21st centuries.  During 2019 he was a visiting researcher at Columbia University, NY, Academy for Advanced Studies He has published seven books as author or co-author, and eight as editor, including the several editions of Zagreb Architecture Guide: An Anthology of 100 Buildings.

He has acquired teaching experience as a part-time instructor at the Urban Design and Planning Chair of the Architecture Faculty, and has several times been invited visiting lecturer at the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb and Belgrade, as well as at the Architecture Faculties of Ljubljana and Zagreb. He is currently assistant professor in the Architecture Faculty of Zagreb University.

He has shown selected works at the Zagreb Salon in 2012, 2015 and 2018, and several times at the annual exhibitions of the Croatian Association of Architects, the Architecture Salon in Novi Sad and elsewhere.  He has taken part in creative teams at 10 open architectural and planning competitions, winning 6 prizes.  He founded the Architecture Department of Matica Hrvatska (2015), of which he was the first head.  He is the chairman of architecture panels in the Culture and Information Centre and has given numerous scholarly and popular as well as professional lectures about contemporary architecture and planning in Zurich, Ljubljana, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Podgorica, Mostar, Karlovac, Rijeka and Zagreb.  He has also taken part in several radio and television broadcasts about architecture. He is a member of the Zagreb Architects Society, the Croatian Association of Architects, of the Association of Art Historians of Croatia and was a member of the committee of the 1st Architecture Days of the Croatian Chamber of Architects and an international juror in the Balkan Architectural Biennial of 2019.