Dr Dijana Alic joined the UNSW Architecture program in 1990 and the academic staff team in 1992. Prior to her academic career she worked as an architect, site supervisor and a consultant on a number of large projects. Born in Sarajevo, Dijana studied at the University of Sarajevo and The University of New South Wales.
Dijana has published in significant international journals such as the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH), Open House International and Centropa. Her PhD thesis entitled 'Transformations of the Oriental in the Architectural Work of Juraj Neidhardt and Dušan Grabrijan' situated the modernist architectural projects and theoretical writings produced by the two authors (1940s to 1970s) within the political and cultural milieu of the then newly formed Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia. The aim was to identify these seemingly modernist designs as a particular expression of the complex relationship between the nationalist and the socialist (communist) political agendas.
Dijana has been the Faculty of Built Environment’s representative on the committee for applications for the UNSW studio at Cite Internationale de Arts for a number of years and is the current Co-op Scholarship coordinator for the Architecture program.