Krešimir Rogina

  • 1959 Born in Rijeka, Croatia;
  • 1981 Attended ILAUD in Urbino, Italy;
  • 1982/83 Graduated from Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb;
  • 1983-89 Postgraduate studies at Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade;
  • 1984-2001 Awarded six times at Shinkenchiku and Central Glass competitions in Tokyo;
  • 1989 Established Summer school of architecture in Grožnjan, Istria;
  • 1991 Established PENEZIĆ & ROGINA architects;
  • 2000-2008 Exhibited three times at the Venice Biennale;
  • 2007- Professor at several universities, recently UACS Skopje and UPV Valencia;
  • 2009- Visiting lecturer at several Japanese universities;
  • Implemented a number of projects of various typologies;
  • Recently more in social innovations and cultural tourism through small interventions with big impacts;
  • 2017 Holocaust memorial in Zagreb, competition first prize;
  • 2018 Venice Biennale exhibition at the Montenegrin pavillion.

After studying at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb, won the first two prizes in 1984 in collaboration with Vinko Penezić, one for the Mladost Swimming Pool in Zagreb, and the other in Tokyo for Style for 2001 . Since then, five times, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2001, he was awarded the Shinkenchiku and Central Glass competitions in Japan, each time inaugurating a new architectural topic such as Simplicity / Complexity, The Possibilities of Non-Movement or Surronud DataHome. Some of the world's most famous architects, such as Aldo Rossi, Fumihiko Maki, Kisho Kurokawa, Jean Nouvel, Kazuyo Sejima, Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, Winy Maas were members of the jury of these competitions. He won a number of awards and recognitions for his first built work, the Mladost Swimming Pool in Zagreb, built in 1987, most notably from the Grand Prix of Belgrade's Architecture Salon in 1988 and the Silver Medal of the World Architecture Biennale INTERARH in Sofia in 1987.

He participated in about one hundred competitions and built the same number of buildings of different typologies, among which are the mixed use building for the victims of the Homeland War in Vukovar - the first completely new building erected in this devastated town after liberation; kindergartens in the Jarun neighborhood in Zagreb and in the Srdoći neighborhood in Rijeka, with modern approaches to pre-school education; the St Michael Parish church in Dubrovnik, realized following the competition that has accepted the contemporary solution of significantly larger volume in a historical context; Dalmara shopping center in Šibenik, a building at the entrance to the town that transports the city matrix into the introverted content with a distinctly symbolic charge, and a House of Japanese-Croatian Friendship with the Lantern / Lighthouse multi-purpose pavillion in the Japanese town of Tokamachi, a result of a long-term reflection of the two cultures' links through the author's research of context.

He exhibited four times at the Venice Biennale, the most prestigious architectural event in the world. First time in 2000 as a representative of Croatia at the exhibition on Less Aesthetics, the More Ethics created by Art Director Massimiliano Fuksas, second time in 2004 upon invitation of Kurt W. Forster when the theme was Metamorph, the third time in 2008 upon invitation of selector Aaron Betsky at the Architecture Beyond Building exhibition, and most recent as representative of Montenegro, with the Man under the Umbrella exhibit, under the topic FreeSpace, curated by Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell. The exhibit from 2008, called Who is Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf in Digital Age, measuring two hundred square meters of space, is now a part of the permanent exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb. After the postgraduate study of Theory of Architecture mentored by Prof. Ranko Radovic in Belgrade, he is constantly engaged in architectural theory, criticism and publishing.

He has worked on popularizing architecture with his column in Jutarnji List and published several books, and since 1995 he has been the editor of Psefizma publishing house, which published some forty books, most notably Stjepan Planić's Problems of Contemporary Architecture, Zdenko Strižić's On Housing, Three Fundamental Principles of Urban Planning by Le Corbusier, The builders by Peter Blake, The Architecture of the City by Aldo Rossi, Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrilliard, the Zuerich Charter by Antonino Saggio. He also published the first CD-ROM about Croatian architecture, the one about Stjepan Planić. Nigel Whiteley's book PENEZIĆ & ROGINA Digitalization of Reality was published in 2007 in Rome in Italian and English, and before that, four books were published about their work.

In 1989 he founded the Summer School of Architecture in Grožnjan, he is visiting professor at the American University College in Skopje and UPV Universitat Politècnica de València and a lecturer at several Japanese universities. He is the holder of many professional and other awards and recognitions: 23. Zagreb Architecture Salon Award in 1988, Bernardo Bernardi Award in 1997, Viktor Kovačić Award in 1997, Vladimir Nazor Award in 2002, Zagreb City Award in 2005, Ranko Radovic Award in 2009, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts Award in 2013. In 2001 he was awarded the Order of Danica Hrvatske. Together with sculptor Dalibor Stošić, he won the first prize at the Holocaust Memorial Competition in Zagreb, which is soon to be realized and together with the Holocaust Memorial the one in Berlin it represents an authentic and unique monument of this kind on a global scale. In the recent years he is occupied with cultural tourism and social innovations through small architectural interventions with great effects.

Krešimir Rogina is a member of The Croatian Academy of Sciencies and Arts.