J ana Culek is an architect, urbanist, researcher and illustrator from Croatia, living and working in the Netherlands. She is the owner and founder of Studio Fabula, an architecture and urban design office in Delft. Since 2018 she  began to work on her PhD 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.

Contact

jana.culek[at]gmail.com

info[at]studiofabula.eu

Education

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

Founder

2016 – 2019

Kaan Architecten, Rotterdam, NL

Architect

2013 – 2014

Urbanisticki institut Hrvatske, Zagreb, HRV

Architect

Lectures

2019

“Utopia as a Speculative Method in Architecture” – lecture held as part of the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture Research Week in the format of a Peer Review Colloquium

“Drawings and Texts as a Method of Architectural Research – Recent Work” – lecture  held in May at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb as part of the “Architects about the Architectural Drawing” lecture series

2018

“Architecture Picturebook” – lecture held at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb as part of the “Architects about the Architectural Drawing” lecture series

2016

“A Flat Tale: The Picturebook as an Architectural Project” – presented at the Drawing Futures Conference at  The Bartlett School of Architecture, London

Publications

2018

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

2017

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

2016

“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

Exhibitions

2019

“Movement from Below” – Pop-up book exhibited at the Hongerige Wolf Festival in the Netherlands

Paromlin – Exhibition of winning competition proposals – held in Zagreb

2018

“Movement from Below” exhibited at Prix de Rome Architecture 2018 – Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

2016

“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

2015

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

Competitions (selection)

2018

Paromlin – Zagreb’s New Public Library – Awarded 5th Prize

Learn, Stay, Play – YAC

Movement from Below – Prix de Rome 2018 – Project exhibited at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam

2017

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

Europan – Amsterdam Piarcoplein

Tilburg Viewing Tower

A Temple for Hilma – Editor’s Choice Award

2016

Fairy Tales – Featured in publication

Future Architecture Platform – Featured in Archifutures publication

2015

Design a Beautiful House

2014

Aluartforum

2013

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

2011

Think Space – Moral Borders

Europan – Dubrovnik

Oistat Theatre Architecture

d3 – Housing of Tomorrow

2010

Cilnica and Pavlinski Square and Potok Street in Senj

Home for the Elderly and Public Park in Labin