Aljoša Dekleva, born in 1972, has graduated from Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 1998 he started in partnership his first architectural practice winning several local competitions. In 2002 he received Master degree in Architecture with Distinction from Architectural Association, School of Architecture, London. At the AA he co-founded an international architectural network RAMTV. Their master thesis on mass-customisation in housing Negotiate my boundary! was published first by AA Publications, London and later by Birkhauser, Basel. In 2003, together with Tina Gregorič, they have set up dekleva gregoric architects, based in Ljubljana. In 2014 they were both leading the research and design group “Nanotourism” within the Biennial of Design BIO50 in Ljubljana, where they received the highest award “The Best Collaboration”. Since 2014 he is a programme director of AA Visiting School Slovenia, part of Visiting School programme at the Architectural Association. In autumn semester of 2014 he was a visiting professor at École d’architecture de l’Université de Montréal, Canada.
The work of dekleva gregoric architects first received international attention with XXS house in Ljubljana, which earned them Silver Plate of the Luigi Cosenza European Architecture Award in 2004. In 2005 they received WALLPAPER* award, Best breakthrough designers. In 2009 their Metal recycling plant facility was shortlisted and in 2013 KSEVT (Cultural Centre of EU Space Technologies) was nominated for Mies van den Rohe Award. In 2009 the Metal recycling plant was awarded with Plečnik’s medal. In 2012 they were Highly Commended for “21 for 21 WAN AWARDS”, listing the 21 architects for the 21st century. In 2015 they explored the potentials of redefining the regional tradition and compressed family life in Compact Karst House, which won WAN House of the Year 2015 Award, Best architects 16 Award and it was commended in prestigious AR House Award 2015, by Architectural Review, UK.
They understand architectural design as a process of research and response to specific constrains and conditions. Each project is an individual and unique case, where conditions can appear as various entities as spatial, social, material, historical, typological, climatic etc. Their aim is to challenge the obvious.