Georgi Konstantinovski (born July 29, 1930 in Kraguevac, Serbia) is Macedonian architect, writer and educator. Graduated at the Faculty of Architecture in Skopje, University "SS Cyril and Methodius" in 1956 and received his Master of Architecture Degree from the Yale University in 1965, under the leadership of Paul Rudolph and Serge Chermayeff, New Haven, USA. He had a professional practice with Jo Ming Pei, Henry Cobb and Araldo Cossutta in New York.
He developed an astonishingly wide range of design features in his search for an individuality appropriate to the philosophy, structure and art of each building and designed more than 450 architectural and urban projects. He was awarded many times with the highest Macedonian and Yugoslav architectural awards and with three "Grand Prix" on the Architectural Biennale in Macedonia. He also got the highest National Award for Art "11 Oktomvri" for the best architectural achievement in Skopje. He held many significant positions in the cultural and architectural life of his country. With his publications he also contributed for affirmation of the contemporary Macedonian architecture. He was a President of the Council for Urban Planning of the city of Skopje, and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture in the same town. He is a member of the Architectural Academy of Macedonia.
Because of the great clarity of his structures and the great clarity of organization of his plans, he became a successful teacher and architect, for in his work all the fundamentals of contemporary architecture are clearly distinguishable and presented with imagination and with art. With the completed Archives, Student's dormitories, the Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering seismology building in Skopje and the Memorial Center "ASNOM" in Pelince, Konstantinovski has obtained a unique place in the annals of the contemporary Macedonian architecture, and with his Cultural Center in Razlovci is the purest exponent of Macedonian tradition in building, in the noblest creation of which the logic and lyric become one in the service of people. In any event, both his teaching and completed buildings left a profound impression on the new generation of Macedonian architects. Konstantinovski was the unique representative of the Yugoslav architects in the group of 50 prominent world's architects on the Third Belgrade Triennial of World Architecture (1991) and also in the group of 55 outstanding Yugoslav architects on the same Triennial. At present, he is e professor in pension at the Design Department of the Architectural Faculty in Skopje.
1930 Born in the town of Kraguevac (on 29th July), Serbia, as the third child of his parents. His father Hristo was a lawyer and his mother Hristina a high-school teacher. The mother comes from Stankovic family of musicians, well known in Kraguevac, and his father from the clan Curanovci of village Smilevo, well known revolutionary family during the Ilinden Uprising. Hristo, the fifth child of the Duke Gjorgia Curanov, as soon as he was born was given to adoption to his father's close friend, the Duke Pavle Konstantinov, who was childless. 1934 After his mother's (1933) and father's (1934) death (his parents have been moving from one town to another as their duties called), he settles in Bitola with his grandparents. 1941 Primary school completed in the town of Bitola (with excellent scores). 1941-46 As a child who got Tropic malaria he was sent for climate treatment to the town of Berkovica, located at the foot of Stara Mountain in Bulgaria; there he finished high-school education by the end of 1946. He was declared (together with another fellow-student, Bojan Nicev, originating from town of Veles, a famous Bulgarian literary critic) the best student of the High school „Ivan Panov“. 1946-49 Continued education at the High school „Goce Delcev“ in Bitola. Graduated with excellent scores; declared the best student of the high school and awarded a special reward by the Ministry of Education of R. Macedonia.
Education and work
1949 Following the planned program of the Ministry of Education he enrolled to the Architecture Department of the Technical Faculty in Skopje (although his wish was to study either drawing arts or German philology). 1953 Working in seaside residential settlement projects in the town of Haifa, at the Bureau of the Architect Samo Almosnino, Haifa, Israel. 1953 Working in kibbutz city planning projects at the Jewish Agency Bureau, Haifa, Israel. 1956 Graduated from the Faculty of Architecture as a student with the highest score in his generation. 1956 Got employed at the Bureau of City Planning and Architecture in Skopje. Engaged in city planning of town settlements "Zdanec" and "Cair". 1956-57 Doing military service with the engineering army unit in the town of Split, Croatia. 1958 Assistant at the subject Designing of Residential and Catering Buildings at Technical Faculty, Skopje - Architecture Department (29 Sept). 1960 Practicing architecture in the field of housing at the Bureau „Projekat“ headed by architect Rajko Tatic, Belgrade. 1964-65 Obtaining master's degree at Yale University, Faculty of Arts and Architecture, USA under Paul Rudolph's and Serge Chemaef's mentorship. 1965 Working in the field of administrative buildings at the Bureau of the Architect Jo Ming Pei, New York, USA. 1995 Full-time professor at the Faculty of Architecture till retirement.
1958—95 -From position of assistant to full-time professor of the subject Designing of Residential and Catering Buildings. -Mentor to post-graduate, M.Sc. and Ph.D. - degree obtaining students as well as to several hundreds graduates. -Head of the Design Institute.
1983 President of the Urbanism Council of the City of Skopje. 1987-88 Dean of the Faculty of Architecture. 1999 Member of the Macedonian Academy of Architecture.
1966 - 67 10 lectures on the greatest architects of the modern world architecture to architects in Skopje. 1977 Modern Architecture in Macedonia at Kolarcev University in Belgrade. 1988 My Architectural Work at the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade. 1990 Modern Architecture of Skopje at the International Congress of Architects in Bursa, Turkey. 1991 - 97 Several lectures at the International Congress of Architects in Bursa, Turkey. 1994 New Way of Housing at "Jildiz" University, Istanbul, Turkey.
1967 - 68 Editor-in-chief of articles on architecture in the daily newspaper " Vecer". 1978 - 80 Participant in the joint scientific piece of work Rational Residential Construction, Faculty of Architecture, Skopje. 1986 XX Century Architecture, „Prosveta“, Belgrade, Chapter: Modern Architecture in Macedonia; 2001 Builders in Macedonia VIII-XX century, first volume, "Tabernakul“, Skopje; 2003 Builders in Macedonia VIII-XX century, second volume, "Tabernakul“, Skopje; 2006 Builders in Macedonia VIII-XX century, third volume, "Tabernakul“, Skopje (in printing phase).
Other authors about him
1968 - 2002 More than 100 articles about his work in professional magazines and daily press.
1956 - 2004 PREPARED MORE THAN 400 DESIGNS AND STUDIS _List of more significant ones:
1956 - 2002 More than 380 designs and studies, among which more significant: 1966 Archive of the City of Skopje, Blvd. "Partizanski Odredi“. 1967 Pensioners Recreation Home at Katlanovska Banja. 1969 Students Dormitory "Goce Delcev“, Skopje. 1971 Printing House in Pristina, Kosovo (40.000m2). 1972 Town Archive Building of Stip. 1974 Town Archive Building of Ohrid. 1978 Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology "IZIIS“, Skopje. 1979 Memorial House of Razlovci Uprising in village Razlovci, near Delcevo. 1983 Strumicko-Povardarska Eparchy, Veles. 1988 Architectural and Urban Concept of the settlement "Jagula“, Struga. 1989 Administrative building and two residential blocks (GF+3 stories) at "Marsal Tito" Street, Struga. 1993 Palace "Unija“ at "Ivo Ribar Lola“ Street, Skopje. 1994 Administrative-commercial building (Palace "Kuzman“) at "Ivo Ribar Lola“ 58 Street, Skopje. 1995 Residential building (GF+ Mezzanine +4 stories +top story) at "29 Noemvri“ Street, Skopje (opposite Performance Hall "Univerzalna sala"). 1995 Treatment Home „Sue Raider“, Gjorce Petrov, Skopje.
Studies More than 40, more significant listed below: 1986—2003
- Piransa, Pirastela and Piradonija: studies on living in high residential structures, - Studies on low residential structures, - Studies on atrium houses in various geometric forms (circle, triangle, square, polygon, spiral ..) 2006 Residential mega-structure
Competitions 38 competitions out of which the most significant are listed below:
1969 Students' Dormitory "Goce Delcev“, Skopje - I prize, 1977 Skopje City Hall - I prize (the only award), 1993 Orthodox Basilica in Strumica - I prize, 1998 Parliament Building in Astana, Kazakhstan - I prize, 2005 Memorial Museum ASNOM, village Pelince, Kumanovo - I prize, - Big number of first-ranked works, as well as many II and III prizes at level of former Yugoslavia.
1969 Borba plaquette for the Archive of Skopje, 1969 11 Oktomvri National award for the Archive of Skopje, 1972 Borba plaquette for the Students' Dormitory "Goce Delcev“, Skopje, 1981 Borba plaquette for the Memorial House of Razlovci Uprising in village Razlovci, near Delcevo, 1981 Grand Award of BIMAS for the Memorial House of Razlovci Uprising in village Razlovci, 1988 Medal of labour with gold wreath, 1995 Grand Reward of BIMAS for the Palace "Unija“, Skopje. 1999 Award Andrea Damjanov for lifework, 2005 Grand Award for architecture for the Memorial Museum "ASNOM“.
CONTRIBUTION to the AFFIRMATION of the COUNTRY
1965 Guest of the Senator Robert Kennedy and the State Secretary, Mr. McPherson, in Washington on the occasion of the International Students Day in the USA as the only representative of the University in Yale, New Haven, USA. 1991 Declared as the best architect of Yugoslavia at the Third Belgrade Triennial of World Architecture. 1991 Declared as one among the 55 best world architects at the Third Belgrade Triennial World Architecture.