Igor Ekstajn

Igor Ekštajn

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Ph.D. in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning, Harvard University

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Igor Ekštajn is an architect, curator, and historian of the built environment. He holds a Ph.D. in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning from Harvard University, a master's in design studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a master's in architecture from the University of Zagreb. His dissertation, “The Danube River and the Planning of Nature, 1856-1972,” studies the imaginaries of nature employed in spatial, landscape, and urban planning and shows how the Danube played a dynamic role in the conceptualization and organization of Central and Southeastern Europe; in 2023, Igor's dissertation served as the basis for one of his two contributions to the Davis Center's "Shifting Ground" exhibition. Igor has worked for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and the GSD’s Exhibition Department. He was a research fellow on the Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative’s exhibition “Urban Intermedia: City, Archive, Narrative” and co-curated the Croatian Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale.