The Project of Modernization in Socialist Yugoslavia. Exploring the Role of Kosovo’s School of Architecture in the Built Environment, 1978-1991

This research intends to examine an important period of social modernism in Kosovo that enabled a first generation of architects of Kosovo, educated in Prishtina. It will be focused in the timeframe of late 70s till early 90s, specifically the year when Kosovo founded its own Faculty of Architecture as part of the existing University of Prishtina in 1978, until the beginning of political and social crises of the Yugoslav system, in 1991, that impacted also the educational system and build environment of Kosovo. 

The intention is to investigate the architectural discourse during the process of modernization, by analyzing the educational system of architecture of that period, considering the political and social implications and the impact it had on the built environment during socialism. Also an interesting topic will be to identify if Kosovo could build “the national identity” of architecture with its architecture school within the multi-ethnic political system of Yugoslavia, and to create a better understanding of the created environment, inherited from that period and that shapes our nowadays. 

The cities and buildings of the period of Socialism-Modernism represent an enormous urban, architectural and social history layer of Kosovo that definitely needs further research to create the whole picture of its reflection of the political system, level of culture and its correlation toward national features of architecture.

Qendresa Ajeti M. Sc. (Arch) University of Prishtina, Kosovo
seit 2021
Dissertation Fellowship from DAAD (2022-ongoing)