A joint biography of the authorial team
Mia Roth (1974, Zagreb) and Tonči Čerina (1970, Split) have been working together since 1999, taking part in public architectural competitions in which they have won numerous national and international awards. They intertwine practice with pedagogy and research, particularly focusing on spatial expressions of public interest. Luka Fatović (1988, Zadar) has been a member of the Roth&Čerina office since 2019, previously employed at AB Forum, collaborating on award-winning projects in both offices. Vedran Kasap (1977, Zagreb) and Ozana Ursić (1989, Split) have been working together as Clinica Studio since 2012, a leading office in spatial design, museum exhibitions and interaction design. Their work is particularly recognized for interpretation and communication of nature as part of the Croatian segment in EU Natura 2000, designing visitor centers, signage systems, and branding of parks. Niko Mihaljević (1985, Split) is a visual artist and graphic designer whose art pieces include a 130-year-long permutation musical composition, an avant-garde karaoke whistling performance, founding the Museum of the Crystal Skull and others. He works as an independent graphic designer and teaches typography, graphic design, publishing, visual arts and sound design. Mia, Tonči, Vedran, Ozana and Niko are part of the design team that created the Lonja Wetlands visitor centre for which they have won the Croatian Design Association’s Grand Prix & Best integrated project Award, the BIG SEE Grand Prix, the Plan Award, the German Design Award, the national Bernardo Bernardi Award, the 2nd place in the Balkan Architecture Biennale Award, and received numerous other nominations. Ivica Mitrović (1972, Split) has been working on the introduction of critical and speculative design since 2001, and is also a lecturer on the topic. Together with Oleg Šuran, he curated the Republic of Croatia’s presentation at The XXI International Exhibition of the Triennale di Milano in 2016 and co-edited the accompanying book Speculative – Post-Design Practice or New Utopia?. He coordinated the SpeculativeEdu research project with the aim to strengthen speculative design education, co-authoring the book Beyond Speculative Design: Past – Present – Future (2021) published within the project. Together, the team intertwines their interests and preoccupations in the Croatian Pavilion, blending the installation with a broad discursive format on possible futures.