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about me & my stuff

Studio ija…

What is ija? Well, you would think that my last name, Handanovic, is difficult to pronounce but it turns out that Dijana provokes the most creative alliterations. In particular, the middle part of my name…D(ija)na! So much so, that it became my nickname of sorts. So, I thought- let’s get the hardest part out of my name and create something new! Something thought provoking! Something confusing?

What we do…

Studio ija is a multidisciplinary interior design and architecture atelier that focuses on projects of all scales and sizes, ranging from product design to urban projects.

We believe that interior design, product design, and architecture are symbiotic. We believe that design starts with the user and adapts to them, creating a space that is harmonious. A space should be designed through innovation so that it provokes creativity. Creativity that tells a story and provokes a reaction. Pleasure! Awareness! Happiness! Tranquility! Harmony! Freedom!

Now, about me…

I was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and raised in Austria. I moved to Houston in 2001 and have been here ever since. So, where is home? That’s the hardest question to answer- the world is my home.

I learned some English, and a couple of years later, in 2009, graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Liberal Arts and Social Science in Interior Design and in 2015, a Master of Architecture with Honors from the University of Houston.

Oh, as of summer 2018, I have been teaching studio as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston College of Architecture and Design…Good Stuff!