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Jelisaveta Načić: The First Serbian Female Architect
Serbian Studies (2004)
  • Jelena Bogdanović, Princeton University

In the entire history of architecture, few female architects are recognized by name. Jelisaveta Načić (1878–1955), the first woman architect in Serbia, is among these select few. Upon acquiring her degree in architecture from the Great School (Visoka Škola) in Belgrade in 1900, Načić worked on several municipal buildings in Belgrade and elsewhere, some of which have remained architectural landmarks in Serbia to the present day. Načić worked on the twentieth-century urban re-design for the so-called “Big Kalemegdan” in Belgrade and designed King Peter I Elementary School in Belgrade (1905–18). Jelisaveta Načić was also engaged in the design and execution of several ecclesiastical buildings, such as the churches of St. Alexander Nevsky in Belgrade (1909–30) and St. Archangel Michael above Štimlje in Kosovo (1920–22). Her design for the mausoleum of the Karađorđević dynasty at the church of St. George at Oplenac in Topola, was selected in a national competition in 1903. Načić’s résumé also includes a number of private houses and apartment buildings. Among these are the residences of Mr. Marko Marković, at 45a Gospodar Jovanova Street in Belgrade; Colonel Božidar Krstić’s residential buildings at 2 Šafarikova Street and at 3 Đure Daničića, both built in Belgrade in 1904; and the first comfortable apartments built for the working-class in the Balkans, at Radnička Street in Dorćol in Belgrade (1911), to name just a few.

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Jelena Bogdanović. "Jelisaveta Načić: The First Serbian Female Architect" Serbian Studies Vol. 18 Iss. 2 (2004)
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