Sofija KaljevicRESEARCHER, ARCHITECT, EDUCATOR
Deakin University, MInD Lab
I am registered architect, educator, and qualitative researcher in the field of architecture and built environment, a scholar of public space.
My research focuses on concealed dynamic between cultural and communicative memory as constructed through active life in urban shared environments, in what way understanding and interpretation of experiences obtained through public engagement define our identities and conception of who we are. I aim to understand how storytelling, as our primal way of being in the world, is related to our perception of surrounding physicality of architecture, how one facilitates the other constantly transforming our identities in historical present. My work considers multifaced character of the phrase being free in public space by looking through the lens of Hannah Arendt’s thought, in particular, how spaces of public appearance can facilitate a sense of deep meaning and purpose only if are able to secure the agency for all to act and speak freely in it.
I obtained PhD in Human and Community Development at West Virginia University, USA, and Master of Architecture degree at University of Novi Sad, Serbia. I currently work as Research Assistant in Architecture and Integral Design, Deakin University, and I am Research Associate in the MInD Lab where I investigate the relationship of designed architectural environments and storytelling through application of technology.