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Modernism, Yugoslavian Modernism, Women In Architecture

Birth date / place

November 21st 1937, Cetinje, Montenegro

Selected Architecture

Practice / Active in Change this

Podgorica, Montenegro

Awards Change this

  • 1967 - Borba Award for Hotel Podgorica

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"The spider is one of the biggest builder on the world. His net is the finest construction which can be made."
Svetlana Kana Radević


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April 13th, 2017

Svetlana Kana Radević Change this

Change thisPodgorica, Montenegro
born 1937, Cetinje
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Svetlana Kana Radević was the first woman architect in Montenegro. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture Belgrade and obtained a master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She continued her studies in Japan, which strongly influenced her later work.

She was a full member of Doclean Academy of Sciences and Arts and the first vice president of Matica crnogorska, as well as a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences, a member of the Montenegrin PEN Center and a member of UNESCO (AIA). She has received numerous awards, including the Borba award, Award for liberation of Podgorica and Trinaestojulska award.

Kana's Architecture

Her style was distinctive for the selection of materials she used, melding the structures with their external environment and the substantial size and power of her designs. Her most noted work was the Hotel Podgorica for which she won the Federal Borba Award for Architecture in 1967. The building typifies her style in that it uses stone, a traditional building material, to play with unique shapes which jut out from the façade, in an nontraditional manner. At the same time, the building fits into the landscape as if its concrete mass were always part of the environment. Other important works are bus station and business center Krusevac in Podgorica, hotel in Zlatibor and Mojkovac. Her Monument to the Fallen Soldiers of Lješanska nahija in Barutana won a national competition in 1975.


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