To design a memorial that answers many demands is an overwhelming task.
Memorial spaces continue to change while the quest for the ‘suitable’ design persists.
After years of research and work in practice, we established an approach based
on the particularities of each commemorated event.
Our goal is to bring theory into practise by offering research, advice and design
solutions for the memorial making process.

Designing Memory deals with design, adaptation and remodeling of memorial sites.

Designing Memory team:

Dr. Sabina Tanović, MSc.

Architect, independent researcher and expert on commemorative architecture. Sabina holds a PhD from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, with a thesis entitled Memory in Architecture: Contemporary memorial projects and their predecessors(2015). Her current research focuses on contemporary European memory and the construction of architectural commemorative projects. In an interdisciplinary approach she investigates the relations between psychological aspects of bereavement and their integration into a memorial-making process.

Peer reviewed articles

2016 – Tanović, Sabina, “Anchoring time to architectural space: temporality and
spatiality in places of memory”, Olena Lytovka (ed.), Spatiality and Temporality,
Interdisciplinary Research Forum – IRF (forthcoming)

2015 – Tanović, Sabina, “Confronting difficult memory through absence: space in contemporary memorial architecture”, LUCAS, Issue 3: Death, Absence, and Aesthetics, pp. 48-65

2013 – Tanović, Sabina, “Contemporary Memorial: Preserving and Creating a Sense of Place”, in: Proceedings of 5th International Conference on Hazards and Modern Heritage: Importance of Place, CICOPBH, Sarajevo, Vol. 2, No. 1, p. 155

Other publications

Tanović, Sabina, “Budućnost industrijske baštine Bosne i Hercegovine” (“Future of the industrial heritage in Bosnia and Herzegovina”), Oslobođenje (27.10.2016), pp. 30/31

– Tanović, Sabina: interview with Jos Wassink, ‘Plaats geven aan rouw’, Delta nr. 7 (14 December 2015) p. 6. Available at:


11/2015 – Memory in Architecture: Contemporary Memorial Projects and their Predecessors, Delft University of Technology. Available at:

Ongoing projects

– Book publication “Designing Memory: Contemporary memorial projects and their predecessors”, in the process of editing with Prof. Dr. Jay Winter, Yale University and main editor of the series Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare, Cambridge University Press

Paul de Vries, MSc.

Architect specialized in environmental psychology.  He holds a Master of Science from Delft University of Technology, in addition he studied environmental psychology at the University of Amsterdam. Environmental psychology is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the interplay between people and their surroundings. Paul considers this complex relationship between people and their environment to create a better fit.
In his capacity as an architect, Paul gained significant experience in design and development. He designed several multifunctional buildings with a strong focus on generating synergy between the users and the different functions of the building. He has conducted architectural and urban design research in Sarajevo, Istanbul and Tokyo. In Budapest he worked with the National Office of Cultural Heritage to research future redevelopment of traditional Hungarian residential/courtyard buildings. He was also involved in the research lab of the Dutch Government Buildings Agency, researching urban renewal initiatives. He has managed several building projects and has acted on several governance bodies. He has lectured at the University of Delft and University of Amsterdam on the psychological experience of architecture and continues to promote environmental psychology in the field.

Designing Memory collaborates with:

Experiencing Architecture
Dario Kristić
Prof. Dr. Jay Winter (Yale University)
and many others….