Nevena Krilic
b. 1981

I am an architect from Toronto, currently living in Malmö.

In 2010, I received the first prize for The Steedman Travelling Fellowship International Design Competition, issued by The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. The competition called for redefining the relationship between the City of St. Louis and the mighty Mississippi, thereby improving the river’s edge along a large and complex territory. The final design, a series of retrofitted river barges, arranged as catalysts in a few locations along the St. Louis’ waterfront was largely informed by an extensive mapping analyses of St. Louis.

Having won the The Steedman Travelling Fellowship, I have spent the year 2011 travelling, mostly in Western Europe, and documenting contemporary architecture. At the same time, I have been conducting mapping research of greater Copenhagen using GIS software Cartographica; this research focuses on sustainability issues and it aims to provide a comprehensive analytical model of sustainability, that could potentially lead to comparison with other cities.

Much of my architectural experience was gained at Zeidler, an international architectural practice, with its headquarters in Toronto, where I worked mostly on large scale residential and commercial projects. The scope of work included concept design and design development of Parkside and Hollywood residential blocks in greater Toronto, as well as Union Station, a renovation of the central train station in Toronto. I was involved in a few international competitions as well the planning stages of a number of different hospitals. I also have extensive experience with working on projects in China, namely the Block I5, a completed residential project in Beijing, as well as the masterplan and landscape design for the Tijanjin Marina in Tijanjin.

Most importantly, I have had a chance to work on the RCMI, a 42 storey residential tower in downtown Toronto, with a 6 storey club on the podium levels; I continuously worked on this project from its inception to the finalization of the construction documents, using BIM - Revit. My responsibilities, on this project, included BIM modelling and maintenance, coordination of structural, mechanical, and electrical systems, as well as material research, detail design and active participation at client meetings.

While working at The Element Group, I focused mainly on interior renovations of offices, most notably The Element Office, featured in OBJEKT, a Dutch publication as well as AZURE, a Canadian design magazine. This office design also won the ARIDO Award of Excellence for the workspace of the year 2006.

On my own time, I have completed an extensive interior renovation of my own home, a Victorian row house from late 19th century. I have toyed with product design, as evidenced by award winning light fixture, as well a dining table designed for my house.

In the fall of 2010, I was an adjunct professor for the 2nd year Hotel Design Studio at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, where I have been a regular guest critic since graduating in 2005.

My architectural interests go beyond the built environment to include art, design, mapping, story telling with a particular interest in how literature can be directly translated into urban and architectural space. My thesis work Architecture of the Enigmatic Double, explores the notion of the uncanny in architecture, by superimposing a Roman bath in an abandoned Toronto subway station, inspired by Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita.

I am enthusiastic, organized and methodical, but most importantly, I try not to take architecture too seriously, rather, I aim for my work to be as humorous as it is serious.