Alen Žunić is an architect and urban designer. He took BA and MArch degrees at the Faculty of Architecture (AF) in Zagreb in 2013 followed by a doctorate in 2016. He did a post-graduate study in the history and philosophy of design at GSD, Harvard University (2013-2015), and went on to do postdoctoral research 2017-2018 at ETH Zürich – Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur. In 2019 he worked as an associate research scholar at Columbia University. Alen is a founder of Albatross – Architecture + Research Office, Zagreb-based studio that assembles a team of talented young architects working on the projects ranging from large city-scale designs to individual buildings.
In addition to creating design solutions, he is also much engaged in academia and academic research. Alen is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb. He has published research papers and articles mainly about 20th and 21st century architecture, and 15 books, either authored or edited for which he has received some of the highest Croatian awards, such as the City of Zagreb Prize and the Vera Johanides Prize for the best young scientist in Croatia, given by the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Also, he is a winner of the international Ranko Radović Prize for architecture (in 2016 and 2018). He co-authored a monograph (w/ Prof. Z. Karač) Islamic architecture and art in Croatia: Ottoman and Contemporary Heritage for which he received numerous national and international awards.