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Margot Krasojević
The Visionary Award - UK
  
Margot Krasojević
Architect – Lecturer – Mentor
 
For her singular vision on the academic, theoretical and practical design approach focusing on encouraging cross-disciplinary dialogue to re-evaluate existing building typologies in light of environmental, social and technological change, Margot Krasojević is the recipient of TheWIFTS Foundation Visionary Award 2014.

Margot Krasojević Ph.D was born in London in 1975 to Serbian Russian parents, she received a first class honours degree from South Bank University, winning a scholarship from the Architectural Association to attain a Diploma in Architectural design. She then went on to complete her studies at The Bartlett U.C.L. receiving a Masters in Architecture and Design and a Ph.D in Architectural theory.

At the age of 24, she began running an undergraduate architecture design studio at The University of Greenwich and The Bartlett, U.C.L. Having worked for Zaha Hadid and NOX, she opened her own research design studio, Decodeine, in 1998.

Spanning the globe, Krasojević has architecture design studios in London and Beijing; projects commissioned include a pop-up airport/airstrip hotel in Doha - The Jetway, which is a new building typology featured as part of Virgin Airways Disruptors. Focusing on renewable energy and sustainable architecture, her many projects include The Hydroelectric Waterfall Prison in Canada, The Spillway pavilion in Paris, The Hydroelectric Tidal House in Cape Town, the water purifying footbridge in Amsterdam, and the Suspended Hotel Campsite in Provence, to name a few.


Margot Krasojević Ph.D Dynamics & De-realisation

Among her portfolio of designs are 3d printed turbine LED lights that use renewable energy to store and generate electricity, the air turbine, the momentum and the fractal light. They have been exhibited at 100% Design and Grand Designs Birmingham and won INHABITAT environmental lighting design awards. Margot's Krasojević's academic, theoretical and practical design approach focuses on encouraging cross-disciplinary dialogue to re-evaluate existing building typologies in light of environmental, social and technological change. Harnessing renewable energy to generate electricity endorses a sustainable environment and raises questions of appropriating the built environment and the ever-evolving role of architecture.

Krasojević says: "With depleting levels of non-renewable resources, attempting to harness renewable energy as an inherent part of the design strategy should be a requirement; a synthesis between large scale infrastructures, environmental, hydraulic, marine and hydrokinetic engineering and technology is important to learn how to re-appropriate and define inhabitable space, as the way in which we live is changing at a much faster rate. We need to adapt and this will involve new environments to claim. The face of the built environment is changing and with it so should buildings."

Having lived in Ordos and the Gobi desert for 6 months, one of her latest projects is the commission to design a Buddhist Temple and funeral tower which refers to the traditional Tibetan/Mongolian Sky burial.

Krasojević has lectured worldwide, running seminars and design studios in advanced digital design in architecture at Washington University, St. Louis; Berkley school of Architecture, University of California; Austin, Texas; University of Western Australia, Perth; Architectural Association, London; Harvard Graduate School of Design, and University of Sheffield.

Margot Krasojević's research has won her two literary grants from the Research Institute of Experimental Architecture resulting in the publication of two monographs entitled Spatial Pathology, Floating Realities and Dynamics & De-realisation. Recent design projects have been featured in The Telegraph, Wired magazine, VIRGIN Visionaries, FastCo, FOX News, Repubblica newspaper, Die Welt, ICON, GQ, Superyacht World and numerous other magazines.




 
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