Ivan Kucina is currently a full-time faculty at the School of Architecture, University of Belgrade, Serbia and a Visiting Scholar at the School of Design Strategies, Parsons The New School for Design, New York.
Ivan’s research focuses on the processes and phenomena of transition in architecture and urbanism: his Master Thesis was titled “The Phenomenon of Transition in Modern Architecture,” (1997) and he is currently writing his doctoral dissertation that focuses on the impact the processes and phenomena of transition have on contemporary architectural and design education.
Within the framework of transition, his research has focused on the informal building strategies and uncontrolled processes of transformation of both the social and built infrastructure of the Western Balkans, with a specific interest in understanding the evolving space-time paradigm in architectural and urban design.
At the University of Belgrade, Ivan has established numerous collaborative research and exchange programs with design and architectural schools, among many with the Berlage Institute (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), TU Wien (Vienna, Austria), TU Delft (Delft, The Netherlands), KTH Stockholm (Stockholm, Sweden), Roma 3 University (Rome, Italy) and Parsons The New School for Design (New York, USA).
He has also been particularly active in bridging his research pursuits with his teaching, and has thereby established collaborations with informal educational and research design groups such as School of Missing Studies (www.schoolofmissingstudies.net), STEALTH group (www.stealth-unltd.com) and CENTRALA - Foundation for Future Cities (Stichting voor Toekomstige Steden, The Netherlands), among others. In addition, he led the team that implemented the educational reform based on the principles and standards of the Bologna Convention at the School of Architecture in Belgrade from 2003 to 2007. In 2008, he published “15/3” (Univerzitet u Beogradu, Arhitektonski Fakultet) a textbook on the innovative methods of understanding space-form dialectics within his Introduction to Design course.
Kucina is also a practicing architect and runs an interdisciplinary architectural and design practice together with architect Nenad Katic, with projects that range from urban design to residential buildings and exhibitions. Since mid-1990s, Ivan became one of the most prominent exhibition designers in Belgrade commissioned by major cultural institutions such as the National Museum, Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Belgrade Cultural Center, and most important international annual art show the October Art Salon in Belgrade. In 2006, he co-founded the Belgrade International Architecture Week and currently serves as its Program Director.