J ana Culek is an architect, urbanist, researcher and illustrator from Croatia, living and working in the Netherlands. She is currently a PhD candidate at the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, researching utopian projects in architecture and literature. After gaining her masters degree in architecture and urban planning form the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb, Croatia, where she is originally from, she completed the postgraduate master program from The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design as a part of the Berlage Generation XXV. Her research and design interests revolve around the topics of Dutch architecture, architectural representation, narrative structures and utopian narratives. Working within the borders of architecture, urbanism, illustration and storytelling, she focuses and critically reflects on architectural representation and the formation of architectural thought. Her projects focus on architectural stories and the textual and visual representation of those stores. In her work, she employs narrative as a catalyst for creating spatial sequences which are illustrated through text and drawings.






2018 – 2022

TU Delft Faculty of Architecture
PhD candidate

2014 – 2016

The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design, Delft, NL

2007 – 2013

Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb, HRV

Professional Experience

2017 –

Studio Fabula, Delft, NL


2016 –

Kaan Architecten, Rotterdam, NL


2013 – 2014

Urbanisticki institut Hrvatske, Zagreb, HRV




“Public Domain” – published in: Showing – Alternative Designs for Museums; Non Architecture Competitions


“Telling Tales” – published in: Archifutures,  Vol.3 – The Site; &Beyond and DPR Barcelona


“A Flat Tale: The Picturebook as an Architectural Project” – published in: Drawing Futures, Publication and Conference; UCL Press, The Bartlett School of Architecture, London

“A Flat Tale” – parts of projects published in: Fairy Tales Volume 3; Blank Space

Lexicon no.2 Agency – Advocacy – Authorship; The Berlage

“A Flat Tale” – published in: Scenes from the Good Life; The Berlage




“Constructed Landscapes”, drawing – exhibited at: Land(e)scape. Drawing exhibition in a domesticated landscape; Artwort, Naples

“A Flat Tale”, architectural project as a set of books – exhibited at: Scenes from the Good Life; Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft


“The Strip”, architectural project – exhibited at: “Project NL”, Exhibition, Post Office, Rotterdam

Competitions (selection)


Non Architecture Competitions: Showing – Honourable Mention, featured in publication

Europan – Amsterdam Piarcoplein

Tilburg Viewing Tower

A Temple for Hilma – Editor’s Choice Award


Fairy Tales – Featured in publication

Future Architecture Platform – Featured in Archifutures publication


Design a Beautiful House




Delta Rijeka – Collaboration with GRAS Architects – one of 10 finalists


Think Space – Moral Borders

Europan – Dubrovnik

Oistat Theatre Architecture

d3 – Housing of Tomorrow


Cilnica and Pavlinski Square and Potok Street in Senj

Home for the Elderly and Public Park in Labin