Aljosa Dekleva (b.1972, Postojna, Slovenia) and Tina Gregoric (b.1974, Kranj, Slovenia) set up the office dekleva gregoric arhitekti in 2003 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. They both graduated at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and continued studying at the Architectural Association in London, where they received Master degree in Architecture with Distinction in 2002. At the AA they co-founded an international architectural network RAMTV. Their master thesis on mass-customisation in collective housing Negotiate my boundary! received intense professional attention and was published as a book by first AA Publications, London and later by Birkhauser, Basel.
They have been visiting lecturers and critics at Architectural Association London, Technical University Graz Austria, University of Ljubljana, IUAV Venice, Akademie der kunste Berlin, University of Napoli Italy, DWM Mexico and many others. They have been also running a Summer school studio at the Architectural Association, London and a workshop at CEDIM, Mexico. From 2002-2004 Tina was a lecturer at Technical University in Graz, Austria.
The work of dekleva gregorič arhitekti first received international attention with XXS house in Ljubljana and was awarded Silver Plate, European Architecture Award Luigi Cosenza in 2004 and WALLPAPER* award, Best breakthrough designers in 2005. In 2006 they have won two public competitions: re-development of Tobacco factory area in Ljubljana and University Campus Izola. In 2009 Metal recycling plant ODPAD was nominated and shortlisted for Mies van den Rohe Award 2009, was awarded International Architecture Awards 2009 and Plečnik's Medal prize in Slovenia among others. In 2009 they have also won international award 40 under 40 award from the European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. In 2012 the Clifftop house on Maui received the 2nd place in AIT award in Luxury Living category. The office was selected in a Highly Commended group of practices for 21 for 21 WAN AWARDS 2012 – searching for “the 21 architects for the 21st century. The initiative aims to highlight 21 architects who could be the leading lights of architecture in the 21stcentury; outstanding, forward-thinking people and organisations who have the demonstrable potential to be the next big thing in the architectural world.«
dekleva gregorič arhitekti understand design as research on several modes (social, material, and historical) and response to specific constrains and conditions. There is no style but rather a conceptual approach to intense structuring of space, challenging the use of materials and exposing their natures. They are aiming to stimulate new social interactions among users, users’ participation in the design process and customization to users’ needs.