Milan Zloković

1898, Trieste – 1965, Belgrade

Milan Zloković was born in 1898 in Trieste (Italy), in a Serbian naval family from Boka Kotorska; father Đuro was a naval captain and ship commander in the Lloyd merchant fleet. After graduating from German Primary School and Realschule (a secondary school where science and modern languages ​​are emphasized in the curriculum) in Trieste, Milan Zloković began engineering studies at the Higher Technical School in Graz (Austria) in 1915. In May of the following year, he discontinued his studies following the World War I after being mobilized into the Austro-Hungarian army. After demobilization, he refused to accept Italian citizenship, so in 1919 he moved to the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, and continued his studies in Belgrade. He graduated from the Department of Architecture at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Belgrade in 1921. After graduation in 1922-23, he went to Paris as a holder of a scholarship from the French Government and, later, as a scholarship holder of the Ministry of Education (Education) of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. There he studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and regularly took drawing courses at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. In 1923, Zloković returned to Belgrade where he began working as an assistant in the Department of Architecture at the Faculty of Engineering (later Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade). His academic career continued until his death, and in 1952-54, he was Dean of the Faculty of Architecture.

In addition to his academic career, he actively practiced in his own architectural studio until 1941, participating in architectural competitions in which he won about 20 awards and 16 redemptions. In his private practice, Zloković has realized about 40 buildings – from private houses and villas to large public buildings. Together with the architects Branislav Kojić, Dušan Babić and Jan Dubovi, in 1928 he founded the Group of Architects of the Modern Direction in Belgrade, which significantly contributed to the establishment of the discourse of modern architecture in Serbia. In the post-war period, his private practice ceased to operate due to new socio-political circumstances, although he continued to participate in architectural competitions in the period 1960-65. year, with his son Đorđe and daughter Milica, also architects, realizes two extremely important projects with the use of modular coordination. During this period, he focused on theoretical papers in the field of proportions and modular coordination in architecture, and published several scientific papers on this topic. He won the Seventh of July Award of the Republic of Serbia for his life’s work in 1963.

Milan Zloković died in 1965, in Belgrade.