Biljana Savic's Story
Biljana's Fellowship researched approaches to community engagement in urban planning and development in Cuba, New Zealand and Australia.
During her Fellowship Biljana visited key architectural and regeneration sites, and participated in an international design workshop in Havana, Cuba, during which she worked alongside over 20 urbanists and community activists from around the world.
Biljana also spent time in New Zealand and Australia, carrying out interviews and seminars with leading built environment practitioners, local and state government officials, academics and representatives of community / third sector organisations involved in urban design and development projects.
Biljana has shared the results of her Fellowship in the press, through her academic lectures and via The Prince’s Regeneration Trust’s education programme BRICK (Building Resources, Investment and Community Knowledge).
Learning related to the regeneration model in place in Old Havana and various community engagement methods has been directly applicable in her work with communities developing neighbourhood plans and not-for-profit organisations working to restore significant historic buildings and sites or deliver new development for wider community benefit.
Biljana continues to apply her Fellowship lessons in her project work with communities throughout the UK, developing and facilitating collaborative design processes and advising on community-led development.