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Igor Ekštajn

Past Graduate Student Affiliate


Igor Ekštajn

Igor Ekštajn is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.He studies concepts of natural and political spaces in tension within the history of design, the history of technology, and environmental history, with a particular focus on 20th-century Europe.

Igor received his Master in Design Studies in History and Philosophy of Design from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2011. Before returning to the GSD, he taught design studios and courses in architectural history and theory at the University of Zagreb. He received a Master of Architecture from the University of Zagreb in 2005 and worked in the Croatian architectural offices njiric+ arhitekti and Randić-Turato.

Igor has interest and experience in curatorial practice, having worked for both the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and the GSD’s Exhibition Department. He also served as the Deputy Curator of the Croatian Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014, and is a member of the research and curatorial team for the upcoming exhibition within the Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Ph.D. Student in Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design