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Welcome Reader,

My name is Dejan Mrdja and I am a London-based, Belgrade-born architect and artist.

Here is a bit about me, my work and interests:

STUDIO SYN

I am a founding member of Studio SYN (www.studiosyn.co.uk) that I established in 2010 with Ursula Dimitriou.  We like to think of Studio SYN as of a critical spatial practice that operates across architecture, art, research, design and the urban space. We work across Europe on practical and theoretical projects with equal interest.

ARCHITECTURE

Since 2007 I have also worked for a number of London-based design-led architecture practices on projects spanning from master planning, urban regeneration, mixed-use, housing, arts & culture, refurbishments to transport. Since 2011, I have held the project leader role at Ben Adams Architects and Alison Brooks Architects, where I have worked on a number of urban regeneration and refurbishment projects in London. You can see my architecture portfolio in a separate PDF here.

TEACHING

In parallel to work in practice, I have been involved in teaching architecture and design since 2006. I have been a guest lecturer at Central Saint Martins (London), Goldsmiths (London), Architectural Association (London), Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff), University for the Creative Arts (Farnham). I was working at the Department of Urban Design at the University of Architecture, Belgrade. I am currently the course leader at Interior Design and Architecture course at Writtle University College, Essex, alongside Stavros Dendrinos.

ART

I have been involved in production of art in parallel to my work in architecture. I use a variety of media – video, sound, installation, performance, painting, drawings, etc. My art practice is developing around a number of notions and themes. These include philosophy, personal and political identity, body actions and limits, repetition and rhythm, mark-making, technology and future. Since September 2015 I am doing a MA Fine Arts course at Central Saint Martins, London. See some of my art at Studio SYN art page.

PHOTOGRAPHY

I keep my camera handy. My photographs are a record of conditions,  situations, people and animals that I encounter. I take my camera to the air, but also under the water. I have tried myself in architectural photography, landscape photography, portrait photography and photography as an art medium. In 2010, I have won the first prize in Fusion Photography competition, which you can see here.

 

Performing TOOLS FOR NEW WAYS OF BEING at Central Saint Martins, 2016, photo by Ben Lansky

Performing TOOLS FOR NEW WAYS OF BEING at Central Saint Martins, 2016, photo by Ben Lansky

 

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Site drawing THE LANDS BEFORE TIME in a stairwell in Hackney 2016, photo by Ursula Dimitriou