Rethinking Diocletian: Fundamentals of the Fundamentals

Contact Person


Samantha Pavić

Main Topics

  • CheckmarkExhibition design
  • CheckmarkSustainability
  • CheckmarkMuseum design
  • CheckmarkParametricism
  • CheckmarkHistoric Preservation
  • CheckmarkCellars of Diocletian’s Palace
  • CheckmarkArchitectural elements within the comntemporary exhibition space, light, signalization, materiality, narrative,
  • CheckmarkCreative discourse and design diversity
  • CheckmarkCultural heritage
  • CheckmarkArchitectural concepts
  • CheckmarkArtistic-architectural spatial intervention within the protected cultural property
  • CheckmarkMaterialization
  • CheckmarkDesign configuration concerning the spirit of time and place (genius loci)

Programme Structure

  • CheckmarkWeek long course (5 days required)
  • CheckmarkLecture notes, course materials for each of the modules and design guidelines will be handed to the students

Important Dates

Course Dates

12/08/2024-16/08/2024 (+2 optional days)

Deadline for Application


Confirmation of the course


Payment due by


Programme Plan

Day 1

Introduction to workshop task (1h):

Division of the students into groups;

museum configuration and exhibition design task for the selected artwroks

Lectures (1h) introduction to museums and exhibition design

the Diocletian's. Cellars guided tour and lecture (3h)

Individual work /exercise /design (2h)

Day 2

Lectures (2h) and discussion (30 min)

Desk critics (1h)

Individual work/exercise/design (4h)

Day 3

Lectures (2h) and discussion (30 min)

Desk critics (1h)

Individual work/exercise/design (4h)

Day 4

Lectures (2h) and discussion (30 min)

Desk critics (1h)

Individual work/exercise/design (4h)

Day 5

Final project presentation (4h)

Discussion with guest critics (2h)

Exhibition setup preparation

Day 6 (optional)

Filed trip

Day 7 (optional)

Exhibition opening at the Diocletian's Cellars

Programme Lecturers

Mark Wasiuta, Professor

Mark Wasiuta, Professor

Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Vesna Bulić Baketić, Director

City Museum of Split

Barry Bergdoll (TBC)

Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History at Columbia University and the former Chief Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Christos Passas (TBC)

Director, Zaha Hadid Architects

Saša Begović (TBC)

3LHD Architects, Partner, Professor, Architecture Faculty, University of Zagreb

Samantha Pavić

Lecturer, University of Split, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy; Columbia University GSAPP Alumni Ambassador for Europe