EU Mies Award YT 2023

EU Mies Award YT 2023 Winner – Dinko Jelečević

EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture / Mies van der Rohe Awards in
the Young Talent category

Dinko Jelečević, a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at Graz University of Technology, was awarded the prestigious EU Mies Award – Young Talent this year for his outstanding final project in the field of Adaptive Reuse, “VALTER – Vraca Forum Sarajevo.”

Photos: Matteo Losurdo/Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Mr. Georg Häusler, Director for Culture, Creativity, and Sports at the European Commission (DG EAC), presented the award to Dinko during a solemn ceremony at the Palazzo Michiel in Venice. The award ceremony took place on June 29th as part of the Collateral Events of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
From the official jury statement:

“(…) The project stems from a precise understanding of the pre-existence and proposes a delicate and sophisticated intervention that operates through the poetics of light and tectonics, dignifying and bringing life to the place. This project is an excellent example of an architectural intervention on an existing building, on how to treat heritage with respect and delicacy, but being proactive and active. The jury wants to emphasize how this project represents in an excellent way the potential of architecture as a conciliatory tool between the past and the present, illustrating how to move forward.”

Dinko’s master’s thesis was supervised by Petra Petersson at the Institute of Construction and Design Principles (KOEN).