Dean LAH

Founder Enota, Slovenia

Dean LAH

Founder Enota, Slovenia


Dean Lah was born in 1971 in Maribor, Slovenia and graduated from the Ljubljana Faculty of Architecture in 1998. In the same year he cofounded the architectural office Enota where he works as partner architect ever since.

For his work in Enota he received many architectural awards, his work has been presented on numerous exhibitions and published in professional and broad interest publications all over the world. Dean lectures at architectural schools, conferences and symposiums in Slovenia and abroad. Since 2016 he is teaching at Architectural Department of University of Maribor. With intention to promote the importance of architectural quality, he has been active as the member of several architectural award and architectural competitions juries, member of executive board of Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia, member of European Forum for Architectural policies, member of executive board of Architects Association of Ljubljana and some other formal and informal networks and events on architecture.

Awards of the speaker:

Europe 40 under 40 Award | Plečnik Medal | Piranesi Award | Golden Pencil

Enota was founded in 1998 with the ambition to create contemporary and critical architectural practice of an open type based on collective approach to development of architectural and urban solutions. Over the years Enota has been constantly developing and from its beginnings it has served as creative platform for more than fifty architects. Enota is led by founding partners and principal architects Dean Lah and Milan Tomac.

Constant changes and new complex situations in the world around us drive us to think about new architectural and urban solutions. In order to be able to produce answers to those new questions we believe it’s time to surpass the boundaries of conventional discipline set mainly by our cultural backgrounds. Enota’s team of architects focuses on research driven design of the environment where study of contemporary social organizations and use of new technologies are interwoven to produce innovative and effective solutions. Enota’s solutions are strongly influenced by research, reinterpretation and development of social, organizational and design algorithms that derive from nature. The result is always a strong binding of the buildings with the environment that surrounds them.

Awards of the office:

WAF Awards | The Architecture MasterPrize | The Plan Awards | Architizer A+ Awards | Iconic Awards | ABB LEAF Awards Award | The International Architecture Award | A’ Design Award | S.ARCH Award | IOC/IAKS Award | BIG SEE Architecture Award | BIG SEE Wood Award | BIG SEE Interior Design | East Centric Architecture Awards | City Brand & Tourism Landscape Award | OHS Award | ArchDaily Building of the Year | Golden Pencil | Plečnik Medal | Piranesi Award
European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award, nomination

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