MLADEN OBAD ŠĆITAROCI (born in 1955), DSc, is a graduate architect, senior research scientist, and full professor at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Zagreb, the Department of Urban Planning, Physical Planning and Landscape Architecture (teaching subjects: historical development of towns, urban planning, landscape architecture, restoration of manors and historical parks and gardens). He also teaches at the Faculty of Forestry in Zagreb. At the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences – History of Art, University of Zagreb, he is a tutor of doctoral thesis. He received his master's degree at the Faculty of Forestry in 1986, after completing the scientific course "Design of Recreational Objects in Parks and Natural Environment". In 1989, he completed his doctoral studies at the Faculty of Architecture, with his doctoral dissertation entitled "Reconstruction Methodology of Historical Parks and Gardens".
He has written (with Bojana Bojanić Obad Šćitaroci) seven books, two of which have been translated into English and German: Gardens and Manors of the Croatian Zagorje, Manors and Gardens of the Croatian Zagorje (translated into English and German), Manors and Gardens in Croatia – Slavonia from Zagreb to Vukovar (translated into English and German, the German edition released by an Austrian publishing house), Croatian Garden Heritage – protection and restoration, Vrbanić's Park in Karlovac, Public Parks of Croatia in the 19th Century and Golubovec Manor in Donja Stubica. He is one of seven authors of the book Stadtparks in der Österreichischen Monarchie 1765-1918 – Studien zur Bürgerlichen Entwicklung des urbanen Grüns in Österreich, Ungarn, Kroatien, Slowenien und Krakau aus europäischer Perspektive (Wien-Köln-Weimar, 2007).
In his research, published papers and professional work his approach is interdisciplinary, which correlates with his interdisciplinary education. His professional, scientific and academic work interweaves urban planning, physical planning, landscape architecture, theory and history of art and architecture, and protection (conservation) of cultural heritage. He has contributed to university education through several new courses taught at graduate and postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Forestry, University of Zagreb.
He has published 200 papers, including hundred scientific research papers and twenty papers which have been published abroad. There are about 270 reviews of his books and work in journals, the print, on radio and television, fifty of which abroad. He is author/co-author of more than 200 professional projects – regional and town plans, studies and landscape architecture projects. A considerable number of his projects deal with cultural heritage – urban planning, building and landscape. In many of his media appearances (print, radio, television) he has promoted the preservation, renovation and revitalisation of cultural-historical heritage and sustainable physical and urban planning.
He has headed and reviewed scientific research projects in the field of landscape and urban heritage. As researcher, he has participated in scientific projects since 1986. He has headed three scientific projects: 1. Physical Planning and Protection of Croatian Natural Environment (2000-2002), 2. Urban and Garden Heritage of Croatia as Part of European Culture (2002-2005) and 3. Urban and Landscape Heritage of Croatia as Part of European Culture (2007-2013). Actually he heads scientific project "Heritage Urbanism – Urban and Spatial Models for Revival and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage" (HERU, HRZZ-2032, 2014-2018) financed by Croatian Science Foundation, which is being carried out at the Faculty of Architecture University of Zagreb.
He has actively contributed to three international scientific research projects: 1. UNESCO: "Les espaces du baroque" – projet interregional (atlas of world baroque – interregional project), 1992-1993 (coordinator for Croatia); 2. Stadtparkanlagen in den Länden der ehemaligen k.u.k. Monarchie (City Gardens of the former k.u.k. Monarchy), 1996-1998 (project manager for Croatia and Slovenia); 3. Villas, Stately Homes and Castles – compatible use, valorisation and creative management, interreg iiib cadses program (head of Croatian part of the project).
He was editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal "Prostor" for architecture and town-planning (from 2001 to 2013; www.prostor.hr). The journal, active since 1993, has been internationally recognized, and has been included in Web of Science (WoS) base Arts and Humanities Citation Index since 2007. He is editor of several books and proceedings from scientific and professional conferences.
He has mentored doctoral candidates, scientific trainees, graduating students and foreign scholarship students. He has supervised 10 successful Doctoral Theses and 6 Masters Degrees. He is currently supervisor of 3 dissertations. He was also advisor to 10 junior researchers. He has been a member of numerous doctoral and masters committees.
As guest lecturer he has delivered lectures in Italy and Spain, and as scholarship holder of the Italian government he completed advanced scientific training in Rome. He attended the architecture seminar "Andrea Palladio" in Vicenza (Italy). He has actively collaborated in teaching courses at the Faculty of Architecture, Polytechnic University of Bari (he co-supervised seven graduates from Bari and supervised two Italian scholars after graduation), and has also collaborated with other Italian Faculties. He has cooperated with numerous university teachers from various universities in Europe and worldwide.
He is a full member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (from 2014.) and a full member of the Academy of Engineering of Croatia (from 2005.). He is an authorised architect-planner and authorised landscape architect. By the decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, he was appointed member of the State Physical Planning Council from 2004 to 2013.
He was awarded the State government prize for science in 1998 for the popularisation and promotion of science, and the prize of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU) for highest achievements in sciences and arts in the Republic of Croatia in 2004 in the field of visual arts for the book Public parks of Croatian Towns in the 19th century in European Context (co-written with Bojana Bojanić Obad Šćitaroci).
e-mail: @yahoo, @gmail, @arhitekt.hr.
address: Faculty of Architecture University of Zagreb, Kačićeva 26, HR-10000 Zagreb, Hrvatska/Croatia
biography on HAZU