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Zoran Doršner

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Foto © Dženan Kriještorac, Radio Sarajevo

Zoran Doršner was born in Derventa. The family on the father's side is originally from the Netherlands, and on the mother's side from Slovenia. His grandfather Josip Doršner graduated from the Polytechnic in Zurich in the second half of the 19th century, and the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy sent him to BiH to lead the construction of fortifications towards Montenegro on Leotar and Pogača, roads to Dubrovnik, bridges over Trebišnjica in Trebinje, then the city dormitory, hospital, gymnasium. His eldest son, Vilim Doršner, also completed the same studies and was later an authorized builder in Dubrovnik. On mother's side, his aunt Sonja Lapajne Oblak after surviving in the fascist women's camp Ravensbrik, graduated in construction in Ljubljana and as the first Minister of Reconstruction of the FNRJ started the construction of New Belgrade, and later headed the Urban Institute in Ljubljana, where he came to the "Projective Studio" for a student internship.


The reconstruction of the destroyed country after World War II was carried out with great enthusiasm - starting with student work actions he participated in the summer of 1958 on the highway "Brotherhood - Unity" in Serbia, and after graduating in 1963, he got a job in the Development Bureau "Prosperity" at the BiH Chamber of Commerce. It was necessary to affirm the role of the deficient professional staff with limited knowledge, because the managers at that time mostly had completed primary or "recognized" secondary school, but with merit as first-time veterans. The very next year, with the support of several young architects, he renamed the office to "Project Studio" in M. Gorkog Street, engaged the operative service FEB with a copier, they traveled through Sweden and Finland to the office of architect Alvar Alto, they visited exhibitions in Milan and Venice, and then, interested in cooperation, investors with increasingly complex requirements began to come to them with confidence.

Days Of Architecture

After the completion of the creation of the Spatial Plan for the XIV ZOI 84 through the DAS of the Society of Architects of SARAJEVO, he started and organized the Days of Architecture in 1982. They were surprised by the turnout of almost 240 architects from all over Yugoslavia with 35 reports on the current professional topic "Winter sports and tourism." They carefully attended the two-day thematic consultations at the current Yugoslav Days of Architecture - in Kumrovac, Maribor, Portorož.

Architect Power Couple

Zoran and his wife Dragica, also an architect, welcomed us in their home in Sarajevo's Koševsko Brdo neighborhood as Bosnians and Herzegovinians do - warmly and pleasantly. They live in a residential complex designed by Zoran and built at the end of the 70s of the last century. This architect speaks very modestly about his 50 years of work, the work of his wife, and the successes of his sons.

Winter Olympic Games in 1984

His modesty is incredible if you know that this is a person who, among other things, participated in the creation of the spatial plan for the Winter Olympic Games in 1984, the regulatory plan for Jahorina on the eve of the Sarajevo Olympics, who designed more than a thousand housing units throughout the former Yugoslavia.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
bostjan, November 21st, 2023
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