TEACHING

The courses Structural Systems and Spatial structures were founded in 1963 and have since been part of the curriculum at the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Architecture. Academician Đorđe Zloković formed the conception, content, and methodological bases of the subjects. The courses were designed to provide students with knowledge of the state-of-the-art structural typologies and construction technologies, and the possibilities of their creative application in architectural design. Encouraged by the view that emerged in the early 1960s that structures could be seen beyond purely analytical but from broader technical and general cultural perspectives, Zloković founded a modern school of structural design and analysis in architecture in which structural systems were considered, at the time unconventionally, in specific combination of engineering, utilitarian and aesthetic influences. Zloković introduced a specific synthetic approach to teaching structural problems with the aim for students to develop an understanding of global structural performances and gain conceptual structural awareness. The applied teaching methodology combines theoretical, practical, and design activities and is continuously improving and innovating. Confirmations of quality of this approach have been received from the very beginning. Designs and models of many generations of students have been exhibited, published, and awarded. The courses Structural Systems and Space Structures have been going on for more than five decades, succeeding initial goal and expanding its activities following current tendencies in the field, motivating generations of architecture students to take an interest in achievements in the field of the structural design.