Marija Mano Velevska PhD (b.1977) is associate professor at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University - Faculty of Architecture in Skopje where she teaches a course in architectural design and co-leads (with Slobodan Velevski) a design studio in architectural urbanism entitled Patterns of Growth. The focus of her work refers on learning architecture by combining design practice and architecture theory.
She has finished a master in architecture at DIA in Dessau, Germany and Chur, Switzerland with the theses "From Type to Antitype". Her PhD dissertation at the Faculty of Architecture in Skopje examines the architectural manifestations in contemporary society of consumerism through the notion of change as the essence of spatial and programmatic phenomenona emerging in contemporary urban environments.
She is co-author/editor of several publications including Conversations (2010) and the design studio series 'Patterns of Growth' with the books: Microcity (2016), Residual Form (2017) and Un-natural Ecologies (2018).
In 2018, co-curates (with Slobodan Velevski) the Macedonian national pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia with the project Freeingspace which reflects on the fragmentary nature of the contemporary city and sees the concept of freedom as embedded in the multitude of current socio-spatial and political realities. The exhibited projects include collaboration with several young architectural groups on a design task for the city of Skopje.
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