Danica Selem

Danica Selem is an architect, educator and performance artist. She is a founder of Bodies Intersect Buildings, a performance and research practice working between Europe and the United States. Selem's largest work to date is the result of a public competition for the Park Kata Šoljić in Zagreb, with Marija Horvat and Dora Jerbić. The project was realized in 2016, while Selem was completing her undergraduate studies. Further, her work has been shown at IPADÉ - A Prelude to the Shed, Pioneer Works Gallery, Dixon Place Theater, JACK, Cherry Lane Theater, Cabinet, and many others. In addition to teaching at Cornell University, she has taught architecture at the Pratt Institute, New York City College of Technology, and was a part of an alternative educational institution, the School of Apocalypse.

Selem was born in Split, Croatia. After receiving her bachelor of arts in architecture and urban design from the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb, she worked at 3LHD architects before moving to New York City to pursue a master of architecture degree at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 4101/4102/5101/7912 Option StudioAdvanced programs in architectural design, with options in, but not limited to, urban design, architectural technology, computational design, ecology, culture, and representation.
  • ARCH 4509/6509/4408/6408 Sp. Tp. In Vis. Rep/Sp. Tp. in Architecture, Culture and Society: Spatial ChoreographyThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Visual Representation. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .
  • ARCH 4509/6509/4408/6408 Sp. Tp. In Vis. Rep/Sp. Tp. in Architecture, Culture and Society: Body, Space and the In BetweenThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Visual Representation. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .
  • ARCH 2101/2102 2nd Year Design StudioStudents develop an understanding of context and precedent in the construction of architectural form, and are introduced to contextual and programmatic densities in addition to circulatory, spatial, and organizational strategies in the design process.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Taconic Fellowship awarded by Pratt Centre for Community Development (2014)
  • Departmental Tuition Award, Pratt School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design Programs (2012–15)
  • First Award on the Public Competition for Park Selska-Baštijanova in Zagreb with Marija Horvat and Dora Jerbić (2009) 

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Bodies Intersect Buildings at IPADÉ and Prelude to the Shed; New York City (2018)
  • Bodies Intersect Buildings, Design for Aging AIA New York, Design for Aging Committee, (2016)
  • "Sensible, Sensitive, Senseless Architecture," Second Sundays, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn (2015)

Publications (Selected)

  • Selem, D. "Vertical campus," Oris magazine, no. 104 (2017), 26-53.