Ana Kučan and Matej Blenkuš gave speech about their collaboration both as professors at the University of Ljubljana, and also as principals of two design offices collaborating on the project Nordic Ski Centre Planica in Slovenia. The lectures were recorded at Landezine LIVE in the Old Power Station in Ljubljana, Slovenia on January 20th, 2017.
Dr. Ana Kučan is a professor of landscape design and theory at the Department of Landscape Architecture of the Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and a principal of Studio AKKA. After graduating in landscape architecture at the University of Ljubljana, she continued her studies in urban design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, and then returned to Ljubljana to complete her doctoral dissertation. She has won prominent urban and landscape design competitions, both individually and with Studio AKKA. Her work has received several national and international awards, among them a nomination for the Rosa Barba award in 2006. She published Landscape as a National Symbol in 1998, a work based on her doctoral thesis. Ana Kučan was a member of the first Editorial Advisory Board of the academic Journal of Landscape Architecture and writes for Landscape Architecture Europe. She’s been invited to lecture at several universities in Europe, presented her work at the AIA in New York and at the IFLA Congress in St. Petersburg and holds the Libera Chair of Excellency. She is also the leading team member of the project All Shades of Green, presented at the 12th Biennale of Architecture in Venice in 2010.
Matej Blenkuš is an associated professor at the Faculty for Architecture, University of Ljubljana where he teaches subject Structures and Design Studio. In 2015 he was appointed as a vice dean for study and financial affairs. He is also a member of the doctoral studies committee. He heads a architectural design office abiro and is a member of Architectural association of Ljubljana and a Chamber for architecture and spatial planning of Slovenia. He graduated and received his PhD at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana. His Master Thesis, submitted at the Helsinki University of Technology (today Aalto University) was awarded as a master thesis of the year 1999. He took part in many national opened and invited design competitions where together with coauthors he won many awards and honorable mentions. He has more than 15 years of experience in architectural design. Nordic center Planica was awarded with Plečnik’s Prize in 2016, Municipal library Grosuplje with Plečnik’s Recognition in 2007 and Multipurpose building Šmartinka with Zupančič’s prize of city of Ljubljana in 2002. Together with prof. Miloš Florijančič he was awarded with the Platinum Pencil award by the Chamber for architecture and spatial planning. Some of his other works were many times among the national selection for the European award Mies van der Rohe. His work are published in many domestic and international magazines. He gave lectures on the Days of Oris in Zagreb and the Piran Days of Architecture, but also at the faculties and conferences in Graz, Zagreb, Split and Frankfurt. The works of abiro were exhibited in 2002 and 2008 in the Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana and published in a monograph in 2015 by the Museum of architecture and design Slovenia.