Dr Nikolina Bobic
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Dr Nikolina Bobic

Lecturer in Architecture (History & Theory)

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Biography

Biography

Position

UG/PG History, Theory and Critical Context Stream Leader

UG/PG Architecture Marketing and Admissions Strategic Lead


Biography

Nikolina Bobic in an architect, and an international academic who has worked in Australia, NZ, HK, and the UK. Broadly, Nikolina’s research addresses the nexus between power, politics, and space. Within this domain, she investigates the ways in which architecture and urban space are oppressed by, struggle against, operate within, or are constructed by politics. Likewise, the ways through which architecture and urban space can be transformed, as well as the kinds of transformations they can enact and construct alternative realities. At a more specific level, she has written on balkanization (geopolitical fragmentation), borders, and (post)conflict; how these notions manifest at the complex intersection of architecture, urbanism, media, economics, technology, literature, and film. Her research also deploys own art (drawing, painting, photography, and mixed media) as an experimental tool to explore several ideas: connections between control, violence, and resistance; memory, identity, and history as constructs of ‘visibility’; and, legitimacy of art as evidence.

At present, Nikolina is working on the interdisciplinary and co-edited The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Vol I: Violence, Spectacle and Data (forthcoming early-mid 2021); and, The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Vol II: Ecology, Social Participation and Marginalities (forthcoming late 2022-early 2023). She is the co-editor of the recently published peer-reviewed Interstices: A Journal of Architecture and Related Arts thematic issue 20 'Political Matters' (December 2020). Her authored Balkanization and Global Politics: Remaking Cities and Architecture was published in 2019 by Routledge. In the same year, she co-convened the international conference Political Matters: Spatial Thinking of the Alternative in Auckland, NZ.

Nikolina holds a PhD in Architecture from The University of Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining the University of Plymouth, Nikolina taught in Architecture and Sociology at the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales, and the University of Technology in Australia. She also co-led the delivery of Architectural History and Theory at HKU Space Architecture from 2019-21. In July, 2019 she was invited to support teaching in Architecture at the University of Auckland, NZ. Nikolina has been invited to give talks nationally and internationally. She has supervised over fifty UG dissertations nationally and internationally, fifteen PGT dissertations as well as engaged in PhD supervision. Her industry experience is in residential architecture. The predominant concentration while working as an architect in Australia was on exploring and exploiting the interface between internal and external spaces, the means by which were addressed through materiality and a close consideration of the context.


Other academic roles

: Member of/Reviewer for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business Ethics Sub-committee: 2017 - current.

: Subject (Architecture) Champion of the Equality, Diversity + Inclusivity Committee: 2019 - current.

: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business Academic Offence Panel Member: 2020 - current.

: BA History, Theory and Critical Context Stream Leader: 2019 - 2021.

: Editor-in-chief of the School's History, Theory and Critical Context Journal: 2015 - 2020.

: Head BA (Hons) Architecture Admissions and Marketing: 2018 - 2020.

: Athena Swan Bronze Award - Member of School of Art, Design and Architecture Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team: 2018.


Additional 

Panel member interviewing prospective new staff; internal reviewer for internal / external research grants; preparation for RIBA accreditation; preparation, delivery and presentation for annual External Examiner visits; PhD supervision; PhD RDC examination; contribution to the organization of Discourses Public Lecture Series.


Education + Qualifications

: Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice / Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK (FHEA)

The University of Plymouth, UK, 2015.   

: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture)

The University of Sydney, Australia, 2014

: Bachelor of Architecture – Honours Class 1 (Part 2 equivalent)

Bachelor of Arts – Major in Sociology

The University of New South Wales, Australia, 2006.           

: Registered Architect, New South Wales, Australia - since 2008 (NSWARB 8077).


Primary Research

: Politics, power, and space.

: Balkanism, balkanization and borders.

: Urbicide.

: (Post)conflict.

: Urban and architectural re-construction.

: Humanitarianism and human rights.

: Alternatives practices and systems.


Invited Talks / Lectures

Moving borders: [Un]settling Knowledge

Decolonising research – Research Festival

University of Plymouth, UK, 2021

Balkanization and Global Politics: Remaking cities and Architecture 

School of Politics, Philosophy and Religion,

Lancaster University, UK, 2021

Ruins, Identity and Nation Building

Positions in Practice: Towards Inclusive Built Environments

Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment, 

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, 2020.

Power, Violence and the Urban

School of Architecture and Planning, 

The University of Auckland, NZ, 2019.

Gentrification and Marginalities: The Romani in Belgrade

School of Law, Criminology and Government (Department of Sociology)

University of Plymouth, UK, 2018.


Roles on External Bodies: Reviewer

: Conferences / Symposiums

SAHANZ, Australia/New Zealand.

AHRA.

Temporal Formal as part of the ‘Expanded Architecture’ in Sydney, 14/15.

: Journals

Architecture and Culture.

Architecture Philosophy.

Cubic Journal.

Cultural Dynamics Journal.

Fabrications.

Journal of Material Culture.

Open House International.

: Books

Architecture on the Borderline: Boundary Politics and Built Space (Routlegde).

Perception in Architecture. Here and Now (ANCB, the Metropolitan Laboratory).

: Research Grants

National Science Center, Krakow, Poland.

ADA Teaching and Learning Grants, University of Plymouth, UK

PhD Applications - Doctoral Fellowship Programme, The Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria.



Awards & Funding   

Internal

: Conferences and Field Trip Research

School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth, 2015-current.

Political Matters International Conference Co-convenor

School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth, 2019.

: Women in Education + Employment: Westminster Forum Project [London]

ADA Teaching and Learning Research Grant

School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth, 2018.

: Teaching Relief for completion of Balkanization and Global Politics

School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth, 2017.

: Conferences and Field Trip Research

Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. The University of Sydney, Australia, 2009-2013.

: The University of Sydney Top-up Grant

Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. The University of Sydney, Australia, 2009-2013.

: Green Desires: Rethinking Sustainability Research Project

Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. The University of Sydney, led by Dr Glen Hill, 2010.

: The University of New South Wales U/G Entry Scholarship

Faculty of the Built Environment, The University of New South Wales, 1999.


External

: Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)

Support for PhD studies at the University of Sydney, 2009-2013.

Remembering Differently: The Youth Opening Up History through Architecture and Film

AHRC Changing the Story ECR Project Development Workshop Equal Opportunities, 2019 (led by Professor Paul Cooke at the University of Leeds).

Political Matters International Conference Co-convenor

School of Architecture and Planning, The University of Auckland, NZ, 2019.

 

Unsuccessful Research Grants

: DE:COLONISE (Difference and Equity: Co-creative Learning Opportunities, Networks for Inclusion, Shared Education)

Arts & Humanities Research Council international project “Changing The Story: Building Inclusive Civil Societies With, and For, Young People”, led by Professor Paul Cooke at the University of Leeds, 2019.

: Challenges of Balkanization, Humanitarianism and Human Rights: Urban Resilience through Community Initiatives

British Academy, The Humanities and Social Sciences Tackling the UK’s International Challenges, 2018.

: Urban balkanization within and beyond the Balkans

Urban Studies Foundation Seminar Series, 2018.


Professional Experience    

: Pioneer Lab, Wollongong: Architectural Design, Internal Fitouts: 2009

: Virginia Kerridge Architect (VKA), Sydney: 2004-2008

Project Architect:      

New 3 storey House in Bondi (2004 – 08); Alteration/Addition to a Heritage Terrace in Elizabeth Bay (2006 – 08); Alteration/Addition to a House in Bronte Beach (06 – 08).

Assistant Architect:      

Alteration/ Addition to a House in Bronte (2005 – 08); New House in Kingscliff (2006 – 08); New Cottage and Farmhouse in Hunter Valley (2007 – 08); Alteration / Addition to a House in Coogee (2006 – 07); New House in Bronte (2005 – 06); Alteration /Addition to Kerridge House + Apartment (2004).


Membership

: European Architectural History Network (EAHN).

: Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA).

: Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ).

: New South Wales Architects Registration Board (NSWARB).

: Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG).

Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

Teaching 

2014  current       

In 21.22 Module Leader / teaching n:

History, Theory and Critical Context - Yrs 1 and 3.

Design - Yrs 2 and 3.


Since 2014 have been a module leader of and contributed to the following:

HKU Space - History, Theory and Critical Context - Yrs 2 and 3.

History, Theory and Critical Context - Yrs 1, 2 and 3.

Design Studio - Yrs 1, 2 and 3. 

Communications - Yr 1.

Urban Theories and Methodologies - Masters Yr 1. 

Emerging Research in Architecture - Masters Yr 2.

Re-Thinking Architecture - Masters Yr 2. 

  

PhD Supervision

Marjan Saberi - Behind Closed Doors: A Practice-led Inquiry into Women's Domesticity in Mashad.

Sioned Freer - Has UI/UX ruined the internet? Web aesthetic, personal autonomy, gentrification & capitalist enclosure in the modern commons.


PhD RDC Examinations:

Justin Chung - Learning from Counter-Hegemonic Urban Practise: constructing a ‘socio-cultural and spatial framework’ inspired by the ephemeral night markets in Taiwan.

Ruth Potts - Activism as prefigurative politics: implications for cultivating experiences of political agency in everyday life.


2009  2014

Academic Staff in Architecture and Sociology. The University of Sydney, Australia.

Courses taught in Architecture:

Design Studio - Yrs 1, 2 and 3.

Architectural History and Theory - Yrs 2 and 3.

Architectural Communications - Yrs 1 and 2.

Architectural Technologies - Yrs 1 and 3.

Courses taught in Sociology:

Sociology of Terror - Senior Level. 

Urban Sociology - Senior Level.


2009  2013    

Academic Staff in Architecture. The University of New South Wales, Australia.

Courses taught in Architecture:

Design Studio - Yrs 1 and 2.

Architectural History and Theory - Yr 2.

Architectural Communications - Yr 1.


2013     

Academic Staff in Architecture. The University of Technology, Australia.

Courses taught in Architecture:

Design Studio - Yr 2.

Invited to give a couple of lectures in History and Theory - Yr 2.

Publications

Publications

Journals

Edited Journals

Haghighi, F. and Bobic, N. eds (Dec, 2020), 'Political Matters (thematic issue),' Interstices: A Journal of Architecture and Related Arts 20. 

Bobic, N. ed. Transformations - History, Theory and Critical Context Journal, University of Plymouth: Plymouth, 2020.

Bobic, N. ed. Intersections - History, Theory and Critical Context Journal, University of Plymouth: Plymouth, 2019.

Bobic, N. ed. Transitions - History, Theory and Critical Context Journal, University of Plymouth: Plymouth, 2018.

Bobic, N. ed. Projections - History, Theory and Critical Context Journal, University of Plymouth: Plymouth, 2017.

Bobic, N. ed. Outlines - History, Theory and Critical Context Journal, University of Plymouth: Plymouth, 2016.

Journal Articles

Haghighi, F. and Bobic, N. eds (2020), Introduction to Political Matters in 'Political Matters (thematic issue),' Interstices: A Journal of Architecture and Related Arts 20.

Bobic, N. (2017), Belgrade (de)Void of Identity: Politics of Time, Politics of Control, Politics of Difference’Cultural Dynamics, 29 (1-2), 3 – 22. 

Bobic, N. (2015), 'War Machine: Media and Technology during Operation Allied Force,' Fabrications, 25(3), 398 – 416.

Bobic, N. (2015), 'New Belgrade After 1999: Spatial Violence as De-socialisation, De-Romanisation, and De-historisation,' Architectural Theory Review, 19(3), 355 – 375.

Bobic, N. (2012), Belgrade in Formation(s): Dobrovic’s Generalstab Complex,Fabrications, 21(1), 6 – 27.

Books

Bobic, N. and Haghighi, F. eds. The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Vol II: Ecology, Social Participation and Marginalities, New York: Routledge (forthcoming late 2022).

Bobic, N. and Haghighi, F. eds. The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Vol I: Violence, Spectacle and Data, New York: Routledge (forthcoming early-mid 2022).

Bobic, N(2019), Balkanization and Global Politics: Remaking Cities and Architecture, London: Routledge. 

Chapters

Bobic, N. (contracted, forthcoming late 2022), ‘The Museum of Contemporary Art: Aesthetics and Cultural Technology.’ In The Visibility of Modernization in Architecture: A Debate, ed. Gevork Hartoonian & foreword by Kenneth Frampton, London: Routledge. 

Bobic, N. (contracted, forthcoming mid-late 2022). ‘The New Urban.’ In The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Vol II: Ecology, Social Participation and Marginalities, eds. Nikolina Bobic and Farzaneh Haghighi, New York: Routledge.

Bobic, N. (contracted, forthcoming mid-late 2022). ‘The New Urban.’ In The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Vol II: Ecology, Social Participation and Marginalities, eds. Nikolina Bobic and Farzaneh Haghighi, New York: Routledge.

Bobic, N. and Haghighi, F. (contracted, forthcoming mid-late 2022). ‘Introduction: Dissent, Desire, Commons, Ecology and Postcolonialism.’ In The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Ecology, Social Participation and Marginalities, eds. Nikolina Bobic and Farzaneh Haghighi, New York: Routledge.

Bobic, N and Haghighi, F. (contracted, forthcoming late 2021/early 2022). ‘Introduction: Violence, Borders, Identity, Spectacle and Data.’ In The Routledge Handbook of Architecture, Urban Space and Politics, Vol I: Violence, Spectacle and Data, New York: Routledge, eds. Nikolina Bobic and Farzaneh Haghighi, New York: Routledge.

Bobic, N. (2017), 'New Belgrade After 1999: Spatial Violence as De-socialisation, De-Romanisation, and De-historisation.' In Spatial Violence: Studies in Architecture, eds. Andrew Herscher and Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, 87 – 108. London: Routledge.

Bobic, N. (2013), ‘New Belgrade and the Park of Friendship: Politicisation of Landscape and History.’ In Architecture, Politics, Art. Dakam Press: Turkey, 62 – 77.

Bobic, N. and Hill, G. (2011), ‘Songs Sustained Us: Theorizing NATO’s ‘Humanitarian’ Targeting of Belgrade,’ in Theory of Architecture, Dakam Press: Turkey, 345 – 361.

Conference Papers

Bobic, N(2021),Balkanization and Borders,’ Territorialities, Exterritorialities, Non-Territorialities – International Deleuze Conference, 5 July to 7 July 2021 (Virtual).

Bobic, N. (2019), 'Transition and Control: Urban Development Along Belgrade’s Waterfront. International Conference on Cities and Change,' - Three Decades of Post-Socialist Transition, May 17-18, Darmstadt [Germany]. 

Bobic, N. (2018), 'Belgrade: Reconstructing Balkanism, Reconstructing Rights,' - 8th International Conference on Building Resilience, 14-16 November, Lisbon [Portugal]. 

Bobic, N. (2017), '(De)stabilising History: Event as an Operative Tool of Power in Belgrade' / Chaired a session at: 14th AHRA International Conference: Architecture, Festival and the City, 16-18 November, Birmingham [UK]. 

Bobic, N. (2015), Belgrade (De)void of Idnetity: Politics of Times, Politics of Control, Politics of Difference,' EAGN 2015 - Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies, Oct 14-17, Belgrade [Serbia].

Bobic, N. (2014), ‘Re-negotiating Balkanism: Body De-stabilised in Belgrade’s Republic Square,’ Translation – Proceedings from the 31st Annual Sahanz Conference, Auckland [New Zealand], 213 – 223.

Bobic, N. (2013), ‘Balkanising Myths: Historical (Re)formations of New Belgrade,’ Open – Proceedings from the 30th Annual Sahanz Conference, Gold Coast (Australia), 299 – 312. 

Bobic, N. (2012), ‘New Belgrade’s Park of Friendship: Mobilizing Leisure,’ Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage – Proceedings from the 29th Annual Sahanz Conference, Launceston [Australia], 111 – 123.

Bobic, N. (2010),  ‘Multipetal Difference of Balkan(ization): Weizman’s Boundaries,’ Inclusion and the Space of Difference - International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments [Beirut, Lebanon], 1 – 16.

Bobic, N. (2010), ‘Kristeva’s Abject(ions): the Generalstab and Chaotic Becomings of Belgrade,’ Imagining...– Proceedings from the 27th Annual Sahanz Conference, Newcastle [Australia], 46 – 61.  


Exhibitions

Bobic, N. (2013) 'Political Aesthetics: Forming Fact and Fiction', 2013 Postgraduate Research Visions Exhibition [solo piece as part of a group exhibition], The University of Sydney, Australia.

Bobic, N. (2007) 'Bondi House,’ 2007 Biennale in Venice - Australian Abundant Pavilion [made a model that was exhibited for Virginia Kerridge Architect stand - VKA, Sydney].


Other Publications

Conferences + PhD Workshops Organised

Haghighi, F., Bobic, N., Douglas, A. and Hedges, S. (2019), Political Matters: Spatial Thinking of the AlternativeAuckland, NZ.

Haghighi, F., and Bobic, N. (2019) PhD Workshop Symposium (supported by Felicity D. Scott), School of Architecture and Planning, The University of Auckland, NZ

Book Reviews

Bobic, N. (contracted, forthcoming 2022) ‘Nonaligned Modernism: Socialist Postcolonial Aesthetics in Yugoslavia, 1945-1985’ by Bojana Videkanic, Slavic Review.

Bobic, N.
(2018), Architecture: Politics of Time, Politics of Control, Politics of Difference’ by Daniel Grinceri. Fabrications, 28:3, 433 – 435.