Srdjan Mandic was born in Belgrade, Serbia. He lived in four different countries and under three different regimes, without ever leaving his birth town. Upon graduating from the Faculty of Architecture at the Belgrade University, Srdjan had worked for few years as an architect, with occasional excursions to the fields of product design and art. Soon he realized that traditional architectural education did not provide him the skills to realize the scope and impact of architectural practice on the social and political landscape. In 2010, Srdjan joined the PhD program Urban Heritage at the Institute for European Urban Studies, Bauhaus-Univeristät Weimar. The focus of Mandic’s PhD research is industrial heritage sites and the construction of memory as urban redevelopment projects in former factory towns in post-socialist Serbia. Srdjan is currently working as a teaching and research assistant at the Chair for Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Bauhaus-Univeristät Weimar.