Faculty portfolios

  • Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association (distributed by University of Chicago Press).
    Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association (distributed by University of Chicago Press).
  • On the Very Edge: Modernism and Modernity in the Arts and Architecture of Interwar Serbia 1918–1941 (Leuven University Press).
    On the Very Edge: Modernism and Modernity in the Arts and Architecture of Interwar Serbia 1918–1941 (Leuven University Press).
  • Marina City: Bertrand Goldberg's Urban Vision (Princeton Architectural Press).
    Marina City: Bertrand Goldberg's Urban Vision (Princeton Architectural Press).

Igor Marjanović

JoAnne Stolaroff Cotsen Professor

Chair, Undergraduate Architecture

Phone: 
314-935-6210
Fax: 
314-935-8520

Givens 107

Campus Box 1079
Biography 

PhD, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London; MArch, University of Illinois at Chicago; BArch, University of Belgrade, Serbia

 

Igor Marjanović is the JoAnne Stolaroff Cotsen Professor and chair of undergraduate architecture in the Sam Fox School. Trained as an architect at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, he completed his award-wining thesis at the Moscow Architectural Institute. After working in Serbia and Brazil, he earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was awarded the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill Scholarship. Marjanović worked with OWP/P Architects in Chicago (now CannonDesign), focusing on the firm’s acclaimed educational portfolio, including the Northside College Preparatory High School and the Chicago Public School Prototype Design. As he became more engaged with teaching, initially at the University of Illinois at Chicago and later at Iowa State University, he pursued advanced studies in architectural history at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, where he completed his doctoral dissertation, which was nominated for the Royal Institute of British Architects President’s Award for Research.

Reflecting this dual background in design and history, Marjanović’s work integrates the teaching of studio and theory with historical scholarship on architectural pedagogy, examining
the role of drawings, exhibitions, and publications in the emergence of international architectural culture. With Jan Howard, he curated Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association, an international exhibition that debuted at the Kemper Art Museum and the RISD Museum, traveled to venues in New York, Ontario, Berlin, and Antwerp, and will soon open in Melbourne. This exhibition and book project built upon Marjanović’s doctoral dissertation, offering a close reading of the imaginative spirit of drawing as a medium that was, and continues to be, instrumental to the development of
the field.

Currently, Marjanović examines the Cold War schools of art and architecture in Eastern and Central Europe as sites of resistance and instigators of political change, building upon previous books such as On the Very Edge: Modernism and Modernity in the Arts and Architecture of Interwar Serbia, 1918–1941, which he co-edited with Jelena Bogdanović and Lilien Filipovitch Robinson. As his writings map global dialogues across political, ideological, and geographical divides, they situate pedagogy as a fertile ground for the production of innovative drawings, texts, and ultimately buildings. Similarly, Marina City: Bertrand Goldberg’s Urban Vision, co-authored with Katerina Rüedi Ray, examines the iconic Chicago project in the context of the architect’s Bauhaus training and intersections with German and Russian interwar labor unions and progressive political ideas. These research projects were supported by the Graham Foundation and other agencies and were featured in scholarly reviews as well as wide-reaching media such as the PBS NewsHour.

As an academic chair, Marjanović brings this historical perspective to his leadership role and collaborations on numerous university initiatives. These include the integration of art, architecture, and design pedagogy in the Sam Fox School’s Florence study abroad program—where his summer studio was awarded the American Institute of Architects Education Honor Award—and the continuing evolution of the undergraduate architecture program, which was ranked as the number one program in the country in Niche’s 2020 Best Colleges rankings.