Dijana Vučinić iz a practicing architect, founder and leader of an interdisciplinary architectural practice DVARP. Her work is based on research on post-transitional city and interactive contemporary city ambience as well as urban and rural conditions in the developing touristic areas on Montenegrin coast and in the mountains. She is also founder and Program Director of APSS Institute that has started as Kotor APSS – Architectural Prison Summer School established in Kotor, Montenegro. APSS is a platform for education and research and it has been gathering architects and students from all over the world for seven years now. Vučinić has participated in Chicago Architectural Biennial with the re-use project for Dom Revolucije in Nikšić, Montenegro. She was a commissioner for Project Solana – Montenegro pavilion at XV Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 and co-curator and co-author of the exhibition Treasures in disguise – Montenegro Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia 2014. For two years (2015-2017) Dijana Vučinić has been the Head of the Department for Development Projects in Urbanism and Architecture in the Government of Montenegro.
DVARP is young architectural practice founded by Dijana Vucinic. It is focused on research and analysis in architecture, urban design, sociology, environment protection and built heritage and tradition.
Apart from practice DVARP has founded Kotor APSS – Architectural Prison Summer School in Kotor, Montenegro. Kotor APSS has been investigating mechanisms that could redefine relationship between architecture and the city in Montenegrin coastal cities, and improve urban background by rethinking approach on urban planning and design. As such, intention is to use APSS as a platform for further research and development of urban structure in these cities.