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Birth date / placeFebruary 12th 1897, Pécs, Hungary
- Grand Hotel Lopud
- Villa Vesna
- Federal Ministry of Defense
- Student Union Hostel
- Villa Adonis
- Villa Rusalka
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- 1962 - October Award of Belgrade
- 1964 - Seventh July Award for Lifetime Achievement
- 1965 - Order of Labor with a red flag
"Architecture is nothing else but a logical expression of spatial disposition and applied structural elements. The structure, by its harmony of forms, the rhythm of lines and wall surfaces, fits the purpose, and its appearance will decoratively improve the surroundings. "
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Nikola Dobrović Change this
born 1897, Pécs
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Nikola Dobrović, a Serbian architect and urban planner, is generally considered to be Yugoslavia’s most important modern architect, having significantly contributed to the nation’s post-war identity. Recognised among the European intellectual avant-garde, he was a pioneer among Yugoslavian architects in resisting the influence of tradition. Dobrović is best known for his Federal Ministry of Defense building in Belgrade, bombed by NATO in 1999, and enjoyed a prolific career in cities like Prague, Dubrovnik and Belgrade.
CareerHe was born in a small village Pečuh during the Austro - Hungarian Empire (1897). He started studying architecture in Budapest in 1915 but after breaking the first world war, he continued the studies in Prague. He graduated in 1923 from the Department of Architecture of the Higher Technical School in Prague. After the studies he returned to Yugoslavia and lived in Lopud near Dubrovnik. In 1943 he joined the National Liberation Movement.
After World War II, he worked in Belgrade, and was elected a corresponding member outside the active body of the JAZU Department of Visual Arts. From 1944 he worked on the reconstruction of the country as the chief of the Department of Architecture of the Ministry of federal buildings. He was director of the Urban Institute's Republic of Serbia and later also a professor of Urban Planning at the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical High School in Belgrade. He was also a honorary associate member of RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects).