Max Fabiani – an outstanding Slovenian architect and town planner

January 29th, 2015 got to know that Slovenian Post is to issue a special stamp honoring Max Fabiani – an outstanding architect and town planner. The stamp has been already designed and will be put into circulation on the 30th of January.

Architect and town planner, born in the Karst village of Zgornji Kobdilj, died in Gorizia. He studied at the Technische Hochschule in Vienna and in 1902 became the first person in Vienna and, indeed, central Europe to receive a doctorate in urban planning. From 1910 to 1920 he taught decoration and ornamental composition in Vienna.

He then took up a post teaching history of art in Gorizia. Later he worked for the imperial administration and was a member of various expert bodies. From 1938 until his death he was an honorary inspector for the conservation of monuments. His works may be seen in various parts of Europe: Konopiště Castle (Bohemia), a regulation plan and plan for rebuilding Ljubljana after the earthquake of 1895, the Krisper, Hribar and Bamberg houses, the Mladika building and the Jakopič Pavilion (Ljubljana), Karlsplatz, the Prater and the Portois & Fix, Urania and Artaria buildings (Vienna), the Sacro Cuore church and the Attems-Heiligenkreuz palace (Gorizia).

Some of his designs still seem contemporary today. He wrote many articles for specialist publications and local newspapers. Fabiani was a man of cosmopolitan spirit and a universal outlook who nevertheless maintained a close connection with Slovenia, particularly with Ljubljana and the Gorizia region. In 1917 he returned to the Karst from Vienna and helped rebuild the devastated villages.

Together with the architect Jože Plečnik he laid the foundations for modern architecture in Slovenia. In architecture, Fabiani advocated simple lines at the service of functionality.