People

Dr Dijana Alic

Associate Dean - Education
Faculty Leadership, Associate Dean of Education ADE Unit, Architectural Studies, Architecture, Urban Typologies

PhD (UNSW), MArch (UNSW), BArch (Sarajevo)

Dijana Alic is a teacher and researcher in the architecture program with a keen interest in exploring the connections between the built environment and its social, political and cultural contexts.  

City-making is about the lived experiences of people. By understanding that our built environments are shaped and determined by cultural, political and social forces, Dijana’s research contributes to the wider dialogue and debate on the role of design, and of design professionals, in city-making. A particular interest is the negotiation of modernity and war in architecture and design. Through teaching, the supervision of PhD students and her collaborations with other academics and design professionals, Dijana also explores the relationship between multiculturalism and city-making, and how migrants are influenced by, and bring influence on, the fabric of the city.  

Room: 
2008
Phone: 
9385 4817
Fax: 
+61 2 9385 4507
Bio: 

Dijana Alić holds a Senior Lecturer position in design, history and theory in the faculty of Built Environment at UNSW. Dijana holds a degree in Architecture (Honours) from the University of Sarajevo, and a Master of Architecture by research and PhD from the University of New South Wales.

Research Activities: 

Dijana is internationally recognized for her scholarship on the relationship between architecture and society, in its multiple representations. This ranges from discussions on war and national identity to social and affordable housing. In broad terms, Dijana’s research is concerned with the relationship between architecture and the political and social contexts within which it is constructed. Her early research was prompted by her personal experience of war and the destruction of cultural heritage in Bosnia and Hercegovina, the former Yugoslavia. Her doctoral thesis explored the correlations between architectural identity and political ideology.

Dijana’s research on war and architecture is ongoing and has generated more than 20 publications, including the recent book chapter Alic, D. (2019). Mapping the War: Everyday Survival during the Siege of Sarajevo. In A. Pieris (Ed.), Architecture on the Borderline Boundary Politics and Built Space (pp. 139-156). Routledge.

Dijana’s ongoing interest in social aspects of architecture has included a collaborative research and teaching project that explores social housing in Vienna.  The outcomes are published as Alic, D., & Jadric, M. (2019). At Home in Vienna - Zuhause in Wien: Studies of exemplary affordable housing. Wien: TU Academic Press. https://tuwienweb.asol.at/produkt/at-home-in-vienna-zu-hause-in-wien/

Teaching & Supervision: 

Currently Dijana's main teaching responsibilities include design studios and lectures based on critical investigations of modernity, architecture and landscape, regionalism and national identity. She aims to develop the links between cultural studies and architectural design. 

Engagement: 

Memberships
Dijana regularly contributes to the scholarly community through journal peer reviews and conference paper peer reviews. She participated in judging the City of Canterbury 2010 Awards for Design Quality in categories: residential, non residential, mixed use/multi unit development, heritage, and environmental sustainability.

In 2006 and 2008, Dijana was a member of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects panel during the annual visit to the University of Newcastle.

Dijana has also been an active member of the FBE History and Theory Research Group (2000–2006), occasionally responsible for inviting, organising and promoting research presentations by guest speakers. She was a Guest Juror at the University of Sydney, has participated at UNSW open days and industry days (1995–2008) and has contributed to FBE research seminars for postgraduate students.

 

Supervision Area: 

During the course of her career, Dijana has influenced and guided many generations of UNSW students and has contributed significantly to the shaping of the architecture discipline at UNSW. Dijana’s outstanding commitment to evidence-based teaching practices has been internationally recognised by the Higher Education Academy which awarded her a highly prestigious Senior Fellowship (SFHEA) in 2019. Her more than twenty-year commitment and contribution to architectural education at UNSW has also been recognised by her appointment as a UNSW Scientia Education Academy Fellow in 2018.

Dijana’s respect for diverse learning communities and equal opportunity on the one hand, and her interest in the intersection of architecture, politics and society on the other, are distinctive areas of strength. Her research supervision includes critical investigations of modernity, architecture and landscape, regionalism and national identity as well as the topics concerning the social context of architecture (social housing), issues of multi- culturalism and the impact of immigration on built environments.

Publications:
Books

Alic D; Jadric M, 2019, At Home in Vienna - Zuhause in Wien: Studies of exemplary affordable housing, TU Academic Press, Wien, https://tuwienweb.asol.at/produkt/at-home-in-vienna-zu-hause-in-wien/

Book Chapters

Alic D, 2019, 'The Landscape of War and the Transformations of the Public Sphere', in Architecture on the Borderline: Boundary Politics and Built Space, Open House International, 15 THROPTON CLOSE WARDLEY, GATESHEAD NE10 8SP, UK, http://www.openhouse-int.com/abdisplay.php?xvolno=44_2_7

Alic D, 2019, 'Mapping the War: Everyday Survival during the Siege of Sarajevo', in Pieris A (ed.), Architecture on the Borderline Boundary Politics and Built Space, Routledge, pp. 139 - 156, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315103419

Alic D, 2018, 'Constructive dialogue: In search of an alternative approach to architectural practice', in Ruan X; Ainslie M (ed.), Architecture by Hand & Mind, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney

Alic D, 2016, 'From Commemoration to Protest: Sydney’s Civic Heart', in O'Callaghan J; Hogben P; Freestone R (ed.), Sydney’s Martin Place, a cultural and design history, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, pp. 207 - 221

Alić D, 2016, 'Historical materialism: The fabric of communist Yugoslavia's architectural aspirations', in Materiality and Architecture, pp. 99 - 116, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315732732

Alic D, 2016, 'The Making of Suburban Icons: The Case of the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque in Sydney', in Hadjigeorgiou N (ed.), Identity, Belonging and Human Rights: A Multi-disciplinary Perspective, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 37 - 46, http://www.interdisciplinarypress.net/product/identity-belonging-and-human-rights-a-multi-disciplinary-perspective/

Alic D, 2014, 'Ethnic Clubs: 'The dream of tomorrow'', in Hogben P; O'Callaghan J (ed.), Leisure Space, The Transformation of Sydney 1945-1970, edn. 1, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney, pp. 192 - 207, https://www.newsouthbooks.com.au/books/leisure-space-transformation-Sydney/

Alic D, 2013, 'Bosnian Islamic architectural heritage, Modernism and socialism', in Suartika A (ed.), Vernacular Transformations: Architecture, Place, and Tradition, edn. Original, Pustaka Larasan, Bali, pp. 169 - 197

Alic D, 2004, 'Ascribing Significance to Sites of Memory the Sarajevo`s Town Hall', in Somma P (ed.), A War with the City, edn. 1st, Urban International Press, Great Britain, pp. 64 - 85

Journal articles

Alic D; Tewari S; Lobo M, 2019, '‘Multicultural Architecture Workshop, Deakin University, Melbourne’', Fabrications: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand

Alic D, 2015, 'Vision of a nation: from Dušan Grabrijan’s notes on Plečnik and His School', Centropa, vol. XV, pp. 86 - 90, http://www.artworlds.org/centropa/

Alic D, 2013, 'Designing for a Socialist Future: the Technology, Ideology and Meaning of Modern Architecture in Post-World War II Bosnia', Centropa, A Journal of Central European Architecture and Related Arts, vol. 13, pp. 83 - 94, http://www.artworlds.org/centropa/

Alic D, 2012, 'Violence Taking Place: The Architecture of the Kosovo Conflict.', International Journal of Islamic Architecture, vol. 1, pp. 159 - 161, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000421411000010&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Alic D, 2012, 'Rendered Meanings The built fabric and visions of a new socialist society in the writings of Juraj Neidhardt and Dusan Grabrijan', FABRICATIONS-THE JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND, vol. 21, pp. 113 - +, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10331867.2012.10739947

Alic D, 2012, 'Rendered Meanings: The built fabric and the visions of a new socialist society in the work of Bosnian architects', Fabrications. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, vol. 2, pp. 110 - 129

Alic D, 2007, 'Dare to be Similar: The Transformable house', Architect Victoria, pp. 4 - 5

Alic D, 2004, 'Glenn Murcutt, What does the Place Mean to Me? Everything', Oris, Journal of Architecture and Culture, vol. 5 No 25, pp. 4 - 33

Alic D, 2003, 'A Man for all Seasons', UNIKEN, vol. Summer, pp. 16 - 17

Alic D; Bertram C, 2002, 'Sarajevo: A Moving Target', Centropa, A Journal of Central European Architecture and Related Arts, vol. 2, pp. 164 - 176

Alic D, 2002, 'Transposed eanings: The Town Hall in Sarajevo', Open house International, War and Cities, vol. 27, pp. 20 - 31

Alic D; Gusheh M, 1999, 'Reconciling National Narratives in Socialist Bosnia and Herzegovina, The Bascarsija Project, 1948-1953', Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, vol. 58, pp. 6 - 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/991434

Alic D, 1999, 'From Ottoman House to Bosnian Style: Neidhardt`s Design for Workers Housing in Bosnia and Herzegovinia (1939to 1942)', InSite, vol. 1, pp. 1 - 6

Conference Papers

Alic D, 2016, 'Cultural coexistence of the city: a precious but resilient commodity', in Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: Gold. University of Melbourne,, Published in Melbourne, Australia, by SAHANZ, 2016, University of Melbourne, Australia, pp. 24 - 31, presented at Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: Gold, University of Melbourne, Australia, 06 July 2016 - 09 July 2016, http://sahanz2016.msd.unimelb.edu.au/papers/Alic_Cultural-Coexistence-of-the-City.pdf

Alic D, 2016, 'The ‘Spirit’ of the City: a Precious but Resilient Commodity', in Goad P; Brennan A (ed.), GOLD: the 33rd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, GOLD: the 33rd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne, pp. 24 - 31, presented at GOLD: the 33rd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne, 06 July 2016 - 09 July 2016, http://sahanz2016.msd.unimelb.edu.au/papers/SAHANZ-2016-Front-Pages-and-Table-of-Contents.pdf

Alic D, 2015, 'Reflections on Martin Place', in Architecture, Institutions and Change, SAHANZ, 2015, Sydney, pp. 10 - 18, presented at Architecture, Institutions and Change, Sydney, 07 July 2015 - 10 July 2015

Alic D, 2014, 'Transformed Icons: The architectural expression of Muslim religious buildings in Sydney', in Multicultural Conflict & Belonging: A Diversity & Recognition Project, 8th Global Conference Multiculturism Conflict & Belonging, Oxford, UK, presented at 8th Global Conference Multiculturism Conflict & Belonging, Oxford, UK, 11 September 2014 - 13 September 2014, http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/at-the-interface/diversity-recognition/multiculturalism-conflict-and-belonging/programme-abstrats-and-papers/

Alic D, 2012, 'The power of a narrative: from architectural writing to a political vision', in Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 28 - 40, presented at 29th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Launceston, Tasmania, 05 July 2012 - 08 July 2012

Alic D, 2011, 'Plecnik and His School: Architecture and politics of the academy', in Audience Proceedings of the XXVIIIth International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Austalia and New Zealand, Society of Architectural Historians, Austalia and New Zealand, Brisbane, pp. 1 - 10, presented at Audience, Brisbane, 07 July 2011 - 10 July 2011

Alic D, 2010, 'Re-defining the Ottoman architectural past to suit the modern architectural present', in Ist International Meeting EAHN European Architectural History network, European Architectural History Network, Portugal, pp. 84 - 91, presented at Ist International Meeting EAHN European Architectural History network, Gumaraes, Portugal, 17 June 2010 - 20 June 2010

Alic D, 2010, 'Mapping the place and defining the space: exploring the interrelationships of context and program in a second-year architecture design studio', in ConnectED 2010: proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Design Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney, pp. paper no 78 page 1 - 5, presented at ConnectED 2010 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney UNSW, 01 July 2010

Alic D, 2008, 'The role of rational and scientific arguments in the promotion of ideology through architecture', in Innovation, Inspiration and Instruction:new knowledge in the architectural sciences, ANZAScz'08, Newcastle, Australia, presented at ANZAScz'08, Newcastle, Australia, 26 November 2008 - 28 November 2008

Alic D, 2007, 'Following the traces: the role of historical studies in the architectural design studio', in ConnecED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, University of New South Wales, presented at ConnectED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Sydney, 09 July 2007 - 12 July 2007

Alic D, 2007, 'Political Secularisation & Architectural Abstraction: The Dialectics of the New Socialist Architecture', in Panorama to Paradise, XXIV Annual Confernence of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, SAHANZ, Adelaide, pp. paper no 36, presented at Panorama to Paradise, XXIV Annual Confernence of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Adelaide, 21 September 2007 - 24 September 2007

Alic D, 2006, 'Marindvor Precinct and the design of the socialist modernism', in XXIVth International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, 23rd International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Freemantle, Australia, pp. 9 - 14, presented at 23rd International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Freemantle, Australia, 29 September 2006 - 02 October 2006

Alic D, 2006, 'Dare to be Similar: The Transformable House', in Rehousing, UAL International Housing Conference 2006, Rehousing, UAL International Housing Conference 2006, Melbourne, presented at Rehousing, UAL International Housing Conference 2006, Melbourne, 05 October 2006 - 08 October 2006

Alic D, 2003, 'Grabrijan, Riegl and the Problem of Style', in TASA 2003, TASA 2003, Faculty of Architecture University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, presented at TASA 2003, Faculty of Architecture University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 03 October 2003 - 05 October 2003

Alic D, 2002, 'Site of Memory and History: Sarajevo Town hall (Vijecnica)', in De-Placing Difference: Architecture, Culture and Imaginative Geograpghy, De-Placing Difference: Architecture, Culture and Imaginative Geograpghy, University of Adelaide, Australia, presented at De-Placing Difference: Architecture, Culture and Imaginative Geograpghy, University of Adelaide, Australia, 04 July 2002 - 06 July 2002

Alic D, 1999, 'Changing Perspectives of Architectural Vernacular: Grabrijan and Sarajevo', in 16th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, 16th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Launceston and Hobart, presented at 16th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Launceston and Hobart, 28 September 1999 - 01 October 1999

Alic D, 1999, 'Sarajevo and the Making of Monuments (1945-1992)', in Ghandour M; Labban M; Lozanovska M (eds.), Sites of Recovery, The 4th `Other Connections` Conference, Sites of Recovery: The 4th International Other Connections Conference, Beirut, pp. 11 - 18, presented at Sites of Recovery: The 4th International Other Connections Conference, Beirut, 25 October 1999 - 28 October 1999

Alic D, 1998, 'In the search of stabilising architectural principles: From the Ottoman house to Bosnian style', in 15th annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Firmness commodity de, 15th annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Firmness commodity de, Melbourne, presented at 15th annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Firmness commodity de, Melbourne, 28 September 1998 - 01 October 1998

Alic D; Gusheh M, 1998, 'The appropriation of the Ottoman heritage in Socialist Yugoslavia Bascarsija project (1948-53)', in Ott R; Young B; Gelsanliter TC (eds.), Building as a political act, Building as a political act, Berlin, Germany, pp. 179 - 184, presented at Building as a political act, Berlin, Germany, 31 May 1997 - 04 June 1997

Curatorial Outputs

Alic D; Kirkman J; Wilson J, 2015, DISCO DOME- an after-dark walking tour through Parramatta, exhibited at: ICE (Information and Cultural Exchange) 8 Victoria Rd (Opposite Prince Alfred Park/Villiers St) Parramatta, 09 January 2015 - 24 January 2015, DISCO DOME- an after-dark walking tour through Parramatta, http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2015/disco-dome

Alic D; Quinlan, AM, 2013, Visualising Sydney's [Sub] Urban Communities, Your Community | Your City, exhibited at: Built Environment Gallery UNSW, 05 November 2013 - 12 November 2013, Visualising Sydney's [Sub] Urban Communities, Your Community | Your City, http://tv.unsw.edu.au/video/saf-visualising-sub-mp4

Creative Works (non-textual)

Alic D; Wilson J, 2014, Dream Discotheques for Parramatta: An Exhibition of Design Ideas, Dream Discotheques for Parramatta: An Exhibition of Design Ideas, Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta, 07 November 2014 - 21 November 2014, medium: exhibition drawings and models