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Curriculum Vitae

Milica Topalovic


Milica Topalovic is Assistant Professor of Architecture & Territorial Planning, Department of Architecture (D-ARCH), at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland.

She held research professorship at the ETH Future Cities Laboratory based in Singapore (2011-15), and was head of research at the ETH Studio Basel Contemporary City Institute (2006-11).

Her research and teaching focus on territorial urbanization, particularly on the relations between cities and their hinterlands.

She graduated with distinction from the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade and received a Masters degree from the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2001) with thesis on Belgrade’s post-socialist urban transformation.

Milica Topalovic has worked on projects in different spatial scales and visual media since 2000. She collaborated on urban design and urban planning competitions and studies with offices in the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland.

She has lectured and exhibited at Kunsthal Rotterdam, deSingel in Antwerp, Haus der Kunst in Munich, and the Swedish Architecture Museum amongst others. She has contributed essays on urbanism, architecture and art to various magazines and publications including Oase and San Rocco.

She is author/editor of Belgrade – Formal/Informal: A Study on Urban Transformation (Scheidegger & Spiess, 2012), Architecture of Territory – Hinterland: Singapore, Johor, Riau (ETH Zürich DArch, 2013), and The Inevitable Specificity of Cities (Lars Müller, 2014).

Milica Topalovic was a workshop expert on the Singapore Hinterland at the 5th International Forum for Sustainable Construction dedicated to “Infrastructure Space” held April 7-9, 2016 in Detroit, USA.

Last Updated: April 17, 2016
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