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Milica Topalovic


Milica Topalovic is Associate Professor of Architecture & Territorial Planning, Department of Architecture (D-ARCH), at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland.

She was previously Assistant Professor of Architecture & Territorial Planning at ETH Zurich (2015-18), held a research professorship at the ETH Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore (2011-15), and was head of research at the ETH Studio Basel Contemporary City Institute (2006-11).

Her research and teaching focus on territorial urbanization, particularly on the relations between cities and their hinterlands – at the intersection between architecture and urban research.

She graduated with distinction from the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade, Serbia and received a Masters degree from the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2001) with a thesis on Belgrade’s post-socialist urban transformation.

Milica Topalovic has worked on projects at different spatial scales and within visual media since 2000. She collaborated on urban design/planning competitions and studies with offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland.

She has lectured and exhibited at Kunsthal Rotterdam, deSingel in Antwerp, Haus der Kunst in Munich, and ArkDes (Swedish Centre for Architecture & Design) in Stockholm. She has contributed essays on urbanism, architecture and art to various magazines and publications including Oase and San Rocco.

She is author/editor of Belgrade – Formal/Informal: A Study on Urban Transformation (Scheidegger & Spiess, 2012), Architecture of Territory – Hinterland: Singapore, Johor, Riau (ETH Zurich D-ARCH, 2013), and The Inevitable Specificity of Cities (Lars Müller, 2014).

Milica Topalovic was a workshop expert on the Singapore Hinterland at the 5th International Forum for Sustainable Construction on “Infrastructure Space” held April 7-9, 2016 in Detroit, USA.

Last Updated: July 18, 2018
Zurich, Switzerland
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich)
    Zurich, Switzerland
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