ISA 2019


11th – 16th April 2019

Triglav National park, SLOVENIA

with Richard Leplastrier, Peter Stutchbury and Maruša Zorec


Immersive School of Architecture (ISA) is an architectural summer masterclass organized by Biro Gašperič under the patronage of OZ.E.TECTURE – Australian Architectural Foundation. It is supported by Ljubljana Faculty of Architecture, Museum of Architecture and Design, OUTSIDER magazine and Open House Slovenia and selected partners from the construction industry.

It takes a form of an intensive workshop where participants and tutors will be working and socializing in a secluded area amidst Slovene Alps.

Through the tasked project, topics like reading the land, composition, natural materials, human scale etc. would be addressed. The work itself will be complemented with the daily critics by tutors and guest critics as well as with the lectures from them and some guest lecturers as well.


Richard Leplastrier

Richard Leplastrier


Richard Leplastrier is a seminal figure in Australian architecture and architectural education. He eschews publicity and his built works are secret treasures to be discovered only by those privileged enough to be introduced to them.

His sensitivity to issues of culture and place and his accumulated wisdom in the design and making of architecture is gently revealed though his tutorial sessions in the design studio. He was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 1999, he was recipient of the 2009 Dreyer Foundation ‘Prize of Honour’ in Denmark and he was recipient of the 2004 ‘Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award’ in Finland, other recipients include Renzo Piano, Peter Zumthor, Kengo Kuma, José Cruz Ovalle and Bijoy Jain.

In 2009 Richard was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, in 2011 he received the Australian National Honour ‘Order of Australia’ for distinguished service to architecture and as ‘an educator and mentor’, and he received an Honorary International Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2015. Richard Leplastrier is a Professor at the University of Newcastle Australia and is one of the principle ‘masters’ on the Architecture Foundation Australia master classes.

Peter Stutchbury

Peter Stutchbury


Peter Stutchbury is recognised for his innovative approach to sustainability and design. Time spent living in the desert country of western NSW during his formative years, allowed him to develop a deep appreciation of the Australian landscape and its sustainability.

As principal of Peter Stutchbury Architecture he has practiced independently since 1981 producing a wide variety of work, and his practice has won an unprecedented number of Australian Institute of Architects Awards for public, commercial and residential buildings. Projects have been published and acclaimed internationally. He was winner of the International ‘Living Steel’ competition for extreme climate housing in Cherepovets, Russia, he held the Catedra (Chair) Luis Barragán in Mexico and has been a tutor on McKay-Lyons Ghost Studio in Canada. The book ‘Under the Edge‘ on the work of Peter Stutchbury, originally published by the Architecture Foundation Australia, has now been republished by Thames and Hudson.

Peter Stutchbury was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 2015, and received an Honorary International Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2016. He is a Professor at the University of Newcastle Australia, and is one of the principle ‘masters’ on the Architecture Foundation Australia master classes.

Maruša Zorec

Maruša Zorec


As a professor at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, Maruša Zorec was for several years assistant to Vojteh Ravnikar, who influenced her way of working and perceiving architecture. Furthermore she admires the work of Slovene architects Edvard Ravnikar and Oton Jugovec.

Founded by Maruša Zorec in 2005, Arrea Architecture is considered to be one of the most prominent architectural bureaus in Slovenia. Though not confined to renovations only, the bureau is however most famed precisely for its subtle takes on the built heritage. With a deft touch they transform such places into functional and contemporary buildings while simultaneously preserving the qualities and logic of the existing structures and their surroundings.The better part of their projects in recent years has been awarded prestigious national awards or honourable mentions.

The two main elements of Arrea projects are ‘light‘ and ‘communication‘, both clearly legible in their architecture. Their works emphasise the freedom of open spaces, often softening the borders between the interior and the exterior, letting one flow into another.


The Immersive School of Architecture itself will take place at a picturesque environment of Triglav National Park in a beautiful Trenta Valley.

Kekčeva domačija, once a movie set of one of the first Slovene films that is now days carefully renovated, will for one week (form 11th – 16th of April, 2019) host dedicated immersive architecture students and lecturers from over the globe.



Immersive School of Architecture is meant for architecture students in the last years of their study who want to broaden their horizon and learn about respectful and responsive architecture.

In order to benefit from the cross generation exchange, a limited number of places is opened to accomplished architects as well. 

Note: For the students of Faculty of Architecture (FA), Ljubljana, it has been agreed that some Credit Points will be awarded to participants. For more information contact FA.


All ISA 2019 program will be held in English. 


No computers and other digital tools needed.

Sketch paper, modeling material and other modeling tools will be provided for. 

You are welcome to bring your preferred utensils for sketching like sketchbooks, pens, pencils, charcoal, etc.



Aleš Vodopivec

Aleš Vodopivec

Guest Critic

Aleš Vodopivec is a professor at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana since 1993, teaching courses Design and History and Theory of Modern Architecture. He has also been a visiting professor and lecturer  in Austria, France, Germany, Portugal, Italy, the Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Croatia, Macedonia etc. He is a winner of the Prešeren Foundation Award, 1991; Piranesi Award, 2000; Plečnik Award, 2001, three Plečnik’s Medals and Ernst A. Plischke Award, Vienna, 2011. He has been constantly writing about architecture for four decades.


Aleksander Ostan

Aleksander Ostan

Guest Critic

Aleksander Saša Ostan is a free lance architect, active in broad archi-cultural field of planning, building, leading workshops, lecturing, researching, writing, drawing, photographing (all home and abroad). He teaches at the Faculty for architecture in Ljubljana and leads architect’s section at the Chamber of architecture and space of Slovenia (ZAPS). He is also part of the Open Circle group, with which he received different (inter)national awards: many forthe Celica Hostel (»the hippest hostel in the world« by Lonely Planet 2006),exibition  at the Venice Arch. Biennale2008, Golden nest award 2009 etc. With Nataša Pavlin they run their own office Atelje Ostan Pavlin, where they mostly elaborate questions of sustainability in urban design and architecture. They won the Golden pencil national arch. awards 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2017; Max Fabiani urban planning award in 2010 and 2014; they were nomin. for Plečnik award 2016, for European ECTP urban design award 2010 etc., for international Piranesi award 2015, 2017 and 2018; they also won two European CASCO awards for wooden architecture in the Alps in 2018 and the Big see interior award 2018, were nominated for the Gubbio prize 2018 and selected for the Triplewood EU travelling exibition 2019. Ostan is also author of diverse texts (between translated ones: Ethical insights in arts, 2001;The messages of space,2008;Urgency for new urban policy,2008;Architectural history;2013; Building culture in Slovenian Alps through space and time, 2018 etc.).



Matej Gašperič

Matej Gašperič

Lecturer & Tutor

After graduating at Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana, his entrepreneurial nature has driven him to cofound a company Hal Interactive, that specialised on interactive digital media, that were emerging at that time. By being an industry pioneer, the company managed to took a market leadership role and its portfolio included many Slovenian blue chips as well as some international clients. Beside serving as a CEO, Matej’s focus was primarily on the field of user experience, where his architectural education proved to be exceptionally useful. His efforts were crowned with many domestic and international awards.

All that time, he was keeping an eye on architecture as well that finally culminated into his participation at Glenn Murcutt Masterclass. Meeting all the masters proved to be a life-changing experience. Determined to return to his architectural roots, he sold his company and founded Biro Gašperič. His love to work with the real people lead him to focus his practice on the individual family houses, that are build with sustainability and ecology in mind. In 2014, his project A House for the Best year has been nominated by Slovenia Consultant Committee for Mies van der Rohe Award.


We are fortunate that we have been able to earn the support of some industry leaders on the field of sustainable construction and institutions. Through their participation, we have been able to substantially lower the fee for the students – participants.


  • Early Bird (for applications received till 20th of January, 2019) … 
  • ISA 2019 (for students of Faculty of Architecture, Ljubljana – until the basic set of places is fulfiled) … 
  • ISA 2019 standard fee … 


  • Early Bird (for applications received till 20th of January, 2019) … 
  • ISA 2019 standard fee … 

* We are full! Nevertheless we are trying to arrange for additional accommodation so all applications from 20th of January, 2019 will go onto the Waiting List.



GMMC Alumni Gathering**

  • Early bird (for applications received till 10th of February, 2019) … 
  • Regular … 
  • Late comers (for applications received after 10th of March, 2019) … 

** GMMC Alumni Gathering is limited exclusively to GMMC and OZ.E.TECTURE Student Summer School alumni.


The price includes:

  • transfer form Ljubljana to Kekčeva domačija in Trenta Valley,
  • 5 nights at the premises with three courses (breakfast, lunch, diner) of food,
  • reasonable quantity of wine and beer,
  • ISA2019 workshop program with tutors, critics and lecturers (according to the ISA2019 Program),
  • sketch paper, modeling materials and modeling tools,
  • Slovenia Architectural Tour with lunch,
  • OUTSIDER Open Air Exhibition panel,
  • ISA2019 Booklet.



  • Fulfill the application form and send your portfolio via WeTransfer or DropBox to
  • First set of applications will be reviewed after 21st of January 2019. To the selected students, official ISA2019 Invitation will be sent.
  • You then proceed with the payment of the fee (which is non-refundable) and by that secure your place amongst immersed architects community.

At the end of the selection process, one scholarship will be awarded by our partner and the selected participant will have ones fee reimbursed.



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