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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.