ON ARCHITECTURE 2024 titled ‘Shaping the City through Architecture‘ will be hosted by the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Gallery of Science and Technology  and Rectorate of the University of Belgrade in Serbia, featuring Student Exhibition and Panel Discussion hosted by Faculty of Architecture of Polytechnic University of Turin (Politecnico Torino) in Italy.


— Conference
5–6 December 2024
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts & Rectorate of the University of Belgrade, Serbia

— Exhibition
4–18 December 2024
Gallery of Science and Technology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade, Serbia

— Student Exhibition and Panel Discussion
16 -20 December 2024
Faculty of Architecture of Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy

— Workshop
6 December 2024
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade, Serbia


The call for contributions invites researchers and practitioners to submit proposals for presentations that relate to the conference and exhibition theme and enhance peer-learning.

Papers that fit within main theme and areas of interest could be joined as introductory lectures at the Conference.

The deadline to submit proposals is 1 June 2024 (CET).

Submit Abstract for the Conference (300 words)
via email

Submit Applications for the Exhibition (100 words and two images)
via email

Browse and download the open call for contributions.


The 2024 ON ARCHITECTURE (OA2024) is based on the concept of an interdisciplinary, international, multi-location conference, with exhibition and workshop.

OA2024 would bring together partner institutions, representatives from both academia and industry, from different parts of the world, working together on organization and realization of the event. The motivation of holding a multiplaces conference, in several places at the same time, is the knowledge exchange, dissemination of research results and possible interaction and implementation aimed at stakeholders and sponsors. This is why the principle of networking is key.

Another principle of interdisciplinarity underlines the complexity and multiplicity of architecture, as well as the new challenges facing architects, urban designers, and artists. An interdisciplinary approach is the basis for defining thematic blocks/topics which include the essential approaches to the subject  of architecture, innovative projects that impose new approaches and challenges, such as innovations in building materials, design and technology, which contribute to new aesthetics and a different understanding of functionalism, as well as architecture whose backbone is always creativity and art.


The themes will be discussed through various disciplinary lenses, including new aesthetics and functionalism, globalization, design methods and approaches, innovative materiality, technology, and new media.

Rapid Growth versus the New Scenario for the Future
The future of developing cities presents an exciting opportunity for change but also highlights the challenges associated with rapid population growth. The world’s population swell has intensified the challenges related to urban development, resource consumption, and food security. As a result, there is a pressing need to examine these issues and devise strategies to address them carefully. To ensure a comprehensive and effective approach, it is essential to draw upon the insights and expertise of various stakeholders, particularly architects who can provide valuable insights on urban planning and design.
● Future scenarios ● Urban planning ● Town planning ●

The Role of Architecture and a New Vision of Sustainability
A specific section of topics is concentrated on the challenges in architecture and urban design within the broad context of sustainability. The aim is to explore how we can shape the future by creating new sustainable approaches and resetting sustainable development goals. This exploration can be approached through research, policy, or practice as we seek to uncover how technological progress and novel design concepts, innovative building materials, and advanced tools for concept creation can contribute to finding solutions.
● Challenges in architecture and urban design ● Sustainable development ● Novel design concepts ●

Unique Conditions of Architecture and New Media
Contemporary and diverging understandings of architectural design and social conditions, the expanding use of arising material and immaterial design methods, and the transdisciplinary nature of creation are all inspirations and emerging challenges. Does this work for or against the conventional idea of architecture? And whether traditional architectural concepts and methods can flourish in synergy alongside the new media, immersive environments, and similar novel agencies.
● Virtual and augmented reality ● Parametric design ● Art and placemaking ●

Design-Based and Hybrid Research Practice
Faced with climate challenges, resource depletion, high environmental pollution, and indications of an uncertain future, we are examining the myriad roles of architecture in the social context. As the developing cities undergo an unprecedented physical and social transformation, immense built heritage is abandoned and forgotten. Reconstruction, reuse, and reimagination are the critical concepts of consideration to be explored in a hybrid investigative model of creative practice and conventional research.
● Research by design ● Heritage, conservation, and reuse ●  Energy-efficient concepts and the use of renewable energy sources ●

On Architecture 2023 Opening Ceremony

(international, peer-reviewed, open call)

‘Shaping the City through Architecture‘ builds on the concept of previous ON ARCHITECTURE conferences and focuses on future sustainability in light of the rapid growth of the world population.

As many relevant stakeholders are actively discussing how to rebuild better — one such example being the ‘Re-START-Europe ECTP-CEU 2020 declaration for an inclusive and just post-covid future for all communities‘ — it is especially intriguing to consider the future settlements and how they will impact the quality of the environment and urban life.

More about the 2024 Conference Guidelines read here.


An interdisciplinary approach is essential in defining thematic blocks.

  1. City design vs scenario for the future (or new scenario)
  2. Architecture and challenges in creating architecture for the future:
    — Challenges in architecture in contemporary times,
    — Phenomenology of architecture, Architecture and art, Technology and architecture.
  3. Architecture and/or art, and the influence of new media approach in creating a vision of new architecture
  4. Research through design: a creative process in tandem with conventional research
    — Respect for landscape ecology requires an opportunity for development.
    — Respect the historical context, culture, and physical heritage

The substance will be discussed regarding various points, processes and trends that contribute to new aesthetic and functionalism: globalization, new approaches to design, innovative technologies, projects, and materials.

Call for contributions is addressed to researchers and professionals in the fields of architecture, interior design, town planning, history, technology, art, photography.

(international, juried with awards, open call)

Established in 2016, the MicroMacro awards are dedicated to the recognition of design solutions in innovative ways that successfully implement new standards in architecture and urban design and planning and encourage environmental sustainability.

Naming of the MicroMacro award refers to various scales of recognized projects and programs – from micro as furniture and object design, urban design, exhibition design, and interior architecture to macro as public art, urban planning, architecture, building information modeling and software architecture.

Who can enter?
The competition is open to individuals and organizations in the fields of architecture, urban planning, design, history, technology, art, photography, new media art and to all geographical locations.

Who can submit a nomination?
If you are an organization, an association, a not-for-profit or an individual you can nominate. You can self-nominate or nominate another organization.

International exhibition follows the Conference THEMATIC BLOCKS.

More about the 2024 Exhibition Guidelines read here.

(undergraduate students, invite only)

Designers are increasingly compelled to shape larger scales and contexts to address questions related to infrastructural problems, urban and ecological systems, and cultural and regional issues. These questions, previously confined to engineering, ecology, or regional planning, now require articulation through design.

Encouraging students to reexamine their tools and develop strategies to link attributes previously understood to be separate from each other or external to the design disciplines, those questions have also opened up a range of technical, formal, and social repertoires for architecture and urbanism.

The exhibition will collect student works from four landscape and architecture departments of four international universities to illustrate the emergence of the geographic and the emerging tools necessary for designers to operate and shape larger scales and contexts.

(doctoral students, invite only)

The Conference will include the workshop where doctoral students can present their research topics in a form of short concept for valuable peer feedback and collaborative criticism.

The workshop participants will be required to prepare in advance a short presentation for discussion.

On Architecture 2023 Opening Ceremony


The Organizer offers the following conditions for participation where each fee is valid for one manuscript.

Conference EARLY Registration (paid until 30 July 2024)
For 1 Conference Paper 150 EUR, for Conference Paper by doctoral students and early career researcher (required proof of study and/or age) 100 EUR, for 1 Conference Poster 100 EUR.

Conference REGULAR Registration (paid until 15 September 2024)
For 1 Conference Paper 200 EUR, for Conference Paper by doctoral students and early career researcher (required proof of study and/or age) 150 EUR, for 1 Conference Poster 150 EUR.

Exhibition Registration fee is 50 EUR per Poster


Key Dates

late February 2024 First Call for Contributions

1 June 2024 Conference Abstract Submission & Exhibition Application Submission

late June 2024 Conference Selection Outcome & Exhibition Selection Outcome

16 September 2024 Preliminary Paper Submission & Exhibition E-Poster Submission

10 November 2024 Final Paper Submission (peer-reviewed)

late November 2024 Printed Poster Submission at the Gallery

late December 2024 Publishing of the Conference Proceedings

Submission Guidelines

Please send all submissions via email

For Abstracts, send 300 words, up to 6 keywords, title, author(s) names and affiliations.

For Application, send 100 words text description including title of the project/program and authors names (format for text description is doc or docx) PLUS 2 high resolution promotional images representative of the project/program (up to 15 cm in width, 300 dpi max 2MB, formats for images is jpeg or tif).

Scientific Board

Professor Branislav Mitrović, Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Professor Dr Rachel Armstrong, Regenerative Architecture, Arts & Design (RAAD), Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, KU Leuven, Belgium
Professor Dr Vladan Đokić, Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Professor Dr Ružica Bogdanović, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Professor Dr Aleksandra Stupar, Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Professor Dr Figen Beyhan, Faculty of Architecture, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
Professor Dr Pavlos Lefas, Department of Architecture, University of Patras, Greece
Professor Dr Anastasios Tellios, School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Mitesh Dixit, Visiting Professor, Department of Architecture and Design (DAD), Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy and The Pratt Institute School of Architecture, USA
Dr Francesco Carota, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Design, University of Kansas, and Affiliate Researcher at the China Room research group, Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy
Dr Nora Lefa, Associate Professor, School of Fine Arts, University of Ioannina, Greece
Dr Aleksa Bijelovic, Senior Lecturer, School of Design and the Built Environment, Curtin University, Western Australia
Dr Denis Ambruš, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Dr Stahl Stenslie, Head of R&D at Arts for Young Audiences Norway
Dr Christiane Wagner, Affiliate Researcher at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin (ICI Berlin), Germany
Dr Nataša Danilović Hristić, Senior Research Associate, Institute of Architecture and Urban & Spatial Planning of Serbia (IAUS), Serbia
Dr Senka Ibrišimbegović, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dr Marija Mano Velevska, Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture, North Macedonia
Dr Mateja Kurir, independent researcher, Ljubljana, Slovenia



Supporting Partner
Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade, Serbia
Gallery of Science and Technology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade, Serbia

University Partner
Rectorate of the University of Belgrade in Serbia
Faculty of Architecture of Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy

Industry Partner
Calibro Zero, Italy
DOMAIN Office, USA/Serbia


Conference and Exhibition Concept
Professor Dr Ružica Bogdanović, Serbia

International Coordination
Professor Dr Aleksandra Stupar, Serbia
Associate Professor Dr Nora Lefa, Greece

Student Exhibition and Panel Discussion Coordination
Dr Francesco Carota, Italy/USA
Mitesh Dixit, USA

Organization and Realization
STRAND – Sustainable Urban Society Association, Serbia