Thomas Deckker, Elden Croy and Graeme Little from the University of East London were invited to lead an international student urban design competition for the new University in Sarajevo, run by the University of Sarajevo in conjunction with the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, a EuropaForum initiative to reintegrate the former Yugoslavia into the European system of architectural education. The brief was to reintegrate the former army barracks, the site of the first offensive against the inhabitants of Sarajevo, into the regenerated city.
Thomas Deckker published a photographic study "Sarajevo: post siege" by Elden Croy and Graeme Little in Issues
[University of East London 2000].
The siege in the city had just been lifted but there was still open conflict in the surrounding countryside in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which made travel difficult. The team observed shooting and bombing first hand and were escorted out of the city by the UN peacekeeping force.
Thomas Deckker has also observed war in Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.