Sasa Zivkovic

Sasa Zivkovic is a principal of Hannah, an architecture practice based in the United States and Germany. Hannah's research focuses on advancing traditional building construction techniques by implementing new technologies and processes of making, addressing subjects of rapid urbanization and mass customized housing design. In close collaboration with the high-tech building industry, the office explores the implementation of advanced construction techniques such as additive manufacturing.

Zivkovic pursued his graduate studies at MIT where he was the recipient of the AIA Certificate of Merit, a merit-based MIT full tuition scholarship, and a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Prior to MIT, Zivkovic studied architecture and city planning at Stuttgart University where he was awarded a fellowship from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) from 2007–12. Zivkovic is currently an assistant professor at Cornell University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate design studios as well as seminar classes with a focus on digital fabrication, computation, and representation. At Cornell, he directs the Robotic Construction Laboratory (RCL), an interdisciplinary research group investigating advanced materials and novel construction technology.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Architectural practice¬†
  • Architectural technology
  • Visual representation

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 5111 M.Arch. Core Studio IIntroduction to fundamental concepts of architectural design and representation, including preliminary notions of site, program, and context. Emphasis on interpretive, analytical, and generative uses of drawing, physical modeling, and digital media in the design process.
  • ARCH 4605/6605 Special Topics in Construction: From Sheet to Form 
  • ARCH 2102 Integrative Design Studio 
  • ARCH 4509/6509 Special Topics in Visual Representation: Postdigital Formalisms
  • ARCH 4509/6509 Special Topics in Visual Representation: The Invention of Anthropocene Order
  • ARCH 4101/4102/5101, ARCH 5116, ARCH 8913 Option Studio: Fish Stories: Scales of Convergence in the Adriatic SeaAdvanced programs in architectural design, with options in, but not limited to, urban design, architectural technology, computational design, ecology, culture, and representation.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • AIA Certificate of Merit, MIT Department of Architecture given to a graduating M.Arch. student for academic excellence (2012)
  • Fellow, German National Academic Foundation, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (2008–10)
  • DAAD Fellowship, Jahresstipendium fuer Studierende im Fach Architektur, DAAD Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, DAAD German Academic Exchange Service (2010–11)
  • Sydney B. Karofsky '37 Prize, MIT Department of Architecture given to an outstanding M.Arch. student with one further year of study (2010)
  • SUTOR Full Tuition Fellowship, SUTOR Stipendium, SUTOR Foundation in Hamburg (2008–10)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  •  Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) 2015 international conference exhibition, Towards the Anthropocene, selected by technical conference chairs and curators Lonn Combs and Chris Perry to be exhibited at the curated conference exhibition (forthcoming in 2015)
  • 14th Venice Biennale, Fundamentals, HANNAH Design Office selected as Outpost Research Office for OFFICE US, U.S. Pavilion curated by Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ana Miljački, Ashley Schafer (2014)

Publications (Selected)

  • "Ghosts of the Future - Architecture in the Anthropocene," Cornell Journal of Architecture 10, "Spirits," (Cornell AAP Publications, 2015)
  • "Towards the Anthropocene: Colossal Naturality in Disordered Territories," Building Discourse—Proposition & Proof, MIT Department of Architecture Master of Architecture Thesis, 2008–2013: 112-31 (SA+P Press, 2015)
  • Testing To Failure, design and research at the MIT Department of Architecture (SA+P Press, 2011)
  • Uncertain Futures, two years of student research at the MIT Department of Architecture (SA+P Press, 2009)