Creating successful spaces is challenging, so we need the best architects, product designers, retail experts, project managers and unique creatives to make our project come to life. Meet us!
CEO & Creative Director
A pioneer of functional retail design in Southeast Europe, Damjan creates stores for major regional and international clients. He relentlessly explores new ways of creating successful offices, stores and event interiors while strengthening Brigada’s team with the best experts and creatives. Damjan created Brigada as a training ground for interior designers, since the local schools don’t offer education in this particular field. He’s a sharp dresser and passionate cook who likes visiting the Americas every year to gather inspiration.
Head of Strategy & Business Development
Ivana explores customer behavior in retail spaces to find the best ways a store can sell more and become a great brand touchpoint. Ivana’s retail insights are the basis for creative concepts of successful spaces. She studied marketing and is now focused on the field of neuromarketing. Ivana likes to get inspired by travelling and she adores almost everything about Latin American culture – the music, the dance, the language, and the fun-loving people.
Marija has accounting backgrounds in both agencies and retail. Besides crunching numbers, she manages project schedules and production. Outside of the office, she is an adrenaline junkie who enjoys playing all kinds of sports, as well as traveling, cooking and watching movies.
Zoja is a cultural manager and art historian who loves business just as much as she does the creative process. After completing her graduate degree at Bocconi University, Zoja gained professional experience and project management skills while working at prominent Italian art institutions and companies in Venice, Milan, and Rome. Even though she appreciates Swiss precision at work, she is a passionate proponent of the Mediterranean lifestyle in her private life.
Creative Director & Product Designer
Kristina is a creative director and product designer. Before coming to Brigada, she was a part of Manufakturist design studio, where she created new product solutions and collections. She has worked as a professional designer in the field of product design, interior design, visual communication and illustration. Her favourite part of the process is thinking up creative concepts for successful spaces and products, and she enjoys working in a team. Besides design, Kristina loves jazz music, martial arts and illustration, which are her soul food.
Architect & Head of Special Projects
Marina is our leading creative with vast design experience ranging from global brand stores to Red Dot winning exhibitions. She likes taking imperfections found at construction sites and integrating them into the final design. Different world views are her main inspiration, so she devours a few novels per week.
Head of Design
While studying in Padua, Italy, Dominik had the chance to collaborate with noted Italian companies and manufacturers. He is a proponent of fully customized product design, so he even designed some of the furniture in his own apartment. Dominik likes biking and translates his passion for traditional Mediterranean way of life into a brand of olive oil, made from handpicked olives from his family’s olive orchard in Central Istria.
Architect & Project Manager
Ena enjoys all the stages of project development, from drawing board to construction site, but her favorite part is thinking up a creative concept for a successful space. Her main inspiration is music, from Bowie to Queens of the Stone Age and Mozart’s Requiem. She’s a jazz-dancer who also enjoys silence of the deep sea while diving.
Architect & Project Manager
Jelena came to Brigada after working as an architect in Barcelona and Šibenik. She searches for links between art and architecture, using those links as an inspiration for creating living spaces, corporate interiors and designs for conventions and events. She loves theatre and hopes she’ll one day do a stage design for a major production.
Petra’s favorite part of project development is choosing the right materials and textures. She likes to explore unusual and remote places, where she finds interesting details, materials, and textures which are later used as inspiration for her work. A fan of F. L. Wright, Petra explores new ways of connecting architecture with nature.
Mia earned her degree in architecture after studying at the University of Sarajevo. She is dedicated, persistent, and always seeking to learn new things and develop her creativity. Mia’s biggest inspiration, which pushes her to work towards the “architectural magic”, are emotions that customers feel when they enter a room which she helped create. To Mia, architecture is an integral part of human lives and she is extremely passionate about it. She is a film and theatre enthusiast also.
Dina came to Brigada as an intern, while finishing her master’s degree in industrial design. Travelling, taking photos, observing different cultures and people’s reactions, gives her a new perspective. In design, she appreciates multifunctionality and likes to research new materials and technologies. A good organisation is the recipe for an extremely productive day, which she likes to spend in nature, while cooking, baking or sewing.
Marijana is an architect who loves using contemporary forms but at the same time thinks that every project assignment requires a mental attitude towards the past, the present and the future of the site. She draws inspiration from the abstract painting and sculpture but at the same time she believes that the creation of architecture as a sculpture should never be the ultimate goal of the architect’s work. Extreme precision in design, technical planning and technical realisation is her thing.
Marketing & Production Assistant
Dora is our marketing and production assistant, where her background in economics comes in handy. Her love for travelling led her to experience a semester abroad in the Czech Republic and to soak up the beauty and charm that the country and people have to offer. Her giant schnauzer doesn’t leave her a lot of “me” time, but when it does, she enjoys nothing more than a good conversation along with a glass of wine.
Junior Product Designer
Lucija came to our team straight out of university, where she earned a degree in industrial design. In the course of her studies, she participated in various student projects, such as the revival of old Zagreb crafts, as well as those organised by the European Architecture Students Assembly. In addition to the college degree, Lucija also holds a diploma in professional dance. Expectedly, the most common source of her inspiration is the harmony of dance movement. She also has a passion for vintage cars, dreaming to have one of her own one day.