Melika Konjicanin

Mentor: Dr. Charlie Hailey
College of Design, Construction and Planning
"Doing a research in the field of your interest, gives you an opportunity to truly engage with the subject. It is also a way of learning about the process, and developing your ideas through finding the answers. Personally, I found this program as a great chance to better the conceptual understanding of architecture through time, as well as to improve my own design skills by working closely with professors and professionals."





Research Interests

  • Post-War Architecture
  • Reconstruction
  • Restoration

Academic Awards

  • Davis Scholarship 2013-2017
  • Martin Gundersen Sr. Scholarship 2016
  • Arthur Blenn Anderson Scholarship 2016
  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • National Organization for Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
  • American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
  • Set Up


  • Primary School for Schildren with Disabilities
  • SOS Kindergarten
  • Furniture Workshop at Art Festival

Hobbies and Interests

  • Drawing
  • Traveling
  • Craft
  • Hiking

Research Description

Post- War Architecture in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Through my architectural education at the University of Florida, I have learned that a city needs to speak to its inhabitants and vice versa in order to accommodate and please them. Unfortunately, there are certain situations when words are no longer pleasant and language between the city and inhabitants becomes misunderstood. War, disasters or simple violence can contribute to demolishing the beauty that architecture provides. Then, the buildings become powerful collectors of the past memories in the form of ruins. Architecture shelters human memory, experience and daily routines. On the other hand, ruins shelter darkness and provoke a question of how we rebuild something that will bring back the light and original character to the space. Therefore, my main research interest focuses on understanding the relation between the trace from the past and the needs and aspirations of the present and the future. The analysis will be based in the city of Mostar, located in the southern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.