We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the Honorable mention winners of our "Pavilion Of Humanity: First Contact / Edition #2" competition – Stanislav Paunovic and Vera Petronijevic from Serbia!

Stanislav Paunovic and Vera Petronijevic

Please tell us about your company (when it was founded, where it is based, how many employees, etc) Alternatively, if you do not have a company, please give us some insights on your own professional/academia background.

Our team consists of Stanislav Paunović and Vera Petronijević, students of the third year of academic studies at the University in Belgrade, Serbia. The desire to work together and establish a team was born out of love for architecture and good friendship.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been Involved?

Considering that we are still at the beginning of learning about architecture, we were mostly focused on projects at the University. In addition, we were active in various extracurricular activities that included architectural competitions, volunteering at international seminars, participating in workshops, etc. One of our projects, the Wind Pavilion, was selected for the exhibition at the Belgrade Salon of Architecture.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

Architecture awakens creativity and changes the worldview. It also encourages us to work in a group, develop mutual trust and make lifelong friendships. We once heard that an architect is the director of people's lives and routines, and we hope that one day we will have this role and manage to justify it.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Architectural competitions provide a great opportunity for us to present our ideas and express our feelings on a wide variety of topics. They bring together architects from all over the world and encourage us to learn from each other. By analyzing other projects, we also learn to approach problems from different perspectives.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?

The freedom that architectural competitions provide is important for developing the imagination of architects. Therefore, the variety of topics give us the opportunity to choose the one with which we connect the most.

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