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LAKIC Sonja

Born and raised in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, I have enrolled the studies of architecture at the University of Banja Luka, following my passion for both arts and science and my keen interest on people and the variety of their backgrounds and lifestyles. 

Upon completion of Master of Architecture / Architectural Engineering studies at the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering, I was awarded the EU-funded scholarship and enrolled KU Leuven, where I have completed advanced research Master of Science Programme (M. Sc.) in "Urbanism and Strategic Planning". My M. Sc. thesis focused on post-war emerging creative practices and artistic interventions taking place in the central zone of the ethnically fragmented city of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, raising questions as to what extent these contribute to the current government-led practice of urban planning in the city and if can they be considered a possible alternative approach to this process.
My main interests, as well as my studies and my readings, concern fragmented societies and the issue of shaping places in such environments. I have developed a keen interest in urban anthropology, place-sensitive sociology and dialectical urbanism while my main research interests remain in the domain of alternative approaches to process of urban planning, participatory art in public space, emotionally connected cities as well as urban renewal. My other interests include travelling, photography, reading, writing, drawing, urban subcultures and street arts.

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