We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our “Sleeping Pods On A Cliff” competition – Lucia Kalogjera and Maja Genc Kalogjera from Croatia!

Lucia Kalogjera and Maja Genc Kalogjera from Croatia

Lucia Kalogjera graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb, with a master's thesis on the Promenade St.Ante In Šibenik. She worked at Marinaprojekt as a student and in PIN studio after graduation, where she gained professional experience for almost three years. She is currently freelancing, collaborating on different projects, reading, and studying.

Maja Genc Kalogera is an artist, curator, and community catalyst who consistently places herself at the convergence of art and technology. Born in Zagreb, she holds a B.F.A. from the School of Applied and Visual Arts, Zagreb, and a M.Arch. from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb. Her creative work has spanned over a wide range of mediums, including net.art, digital and interactive media, photography, painting, video, and film. They hadn't collaborated in the field of architecture until recently, when they entered the Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Competition.

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?

We believe that constant change of scales leads to the best projects. Every scale in architecture and urbanism is equally rewarding. And, as they can reach the biggest number of users, we are especially interested in designing public spaces with unique micro-ambience. It is a great opportunity when you can implement design of all scales in a project.

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

Architecture is a constant need to improve, to solve problems, to layer space, to encourage curiosity, to create new experiences and bring back old memories. You are able to create spaces which later have an impact on the environment, on someone's childhood, and the entire community.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

It is an opportunity to challenge yourself and to stimulate creativity, especially because you can explore different concepts and scenarios. It is a passion project that fills you up with energy even if you're already overworked. There is a presence of the unknown, and the only thing guiding you is your sense. And there is that sweet beginning of a new project and all the possibilities it brings.

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

It is always beneficial to participate in architecture competitions. You can develop your personal style and aesthetic, learn from others, refine, and practice your skills. And, with time, it will surely open up some new perspectives. If you don't have the time, which you usually don't, it is important to pick a theme you are interested in.


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