Jelena Marić was born in Belgrade, where she finished elementary education. She enrolled at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture in 2008, and completed Bachelor (2011) and Master Studies (2013), when she enrolled in doctoral studies in architecture.
From 2012 to 2014 she worked as a Teaching Associate, and from 2014 as an Teaching Assistant at the Department of Urbanism at the Faculty of Architecture, where she participated in the realization of workshops, exhibitions and projects within the Faculty. Her teaching skills were recognized through special awards for working with students.
She has been engaged in scientific research since 2014, and she participated in numerous national and international conferences as an exhibitor or a member of the organizing committee. She published papers in the field of open spaces, health and urban renewal. As a lecturer, she participated in the ERASMUS + program at two faculties in Poland (Technical University of Gdańsk (Politechnika Gdańska) and the University of Applied Sciences in Sopot (Sopocka Szkoła Wyższa). Currently, as a researcher, she participates in four scientific research projects: “Comprehensive Urban Governance” Project [2019-2020], No SAMRS / 2019 / ZB / 1/2. Slovak Aid program, Slovak Technical University; “CREATIVE DANUBE: Innovative Teaching for Inclusive Development in Small and Medium-Sized Danubian Cities” Project [2019-2022], Erasmus + KA203 cooperation program. (“Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism), Bucharest, Romania; CA18204 “Dynamics of placemaking and digitization in European cities” [2019-2023]. COST EU Action, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany; DANube Urban Brand – a regional network building through tourism and education to strengthen the “Danube” cultural identity and solidarity – DANUrB “[2017-2019]. INTERREG – Danube cross-border cooperation program; Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary.
She has been working on architectural and urban projects, studies and competitions since 2013. Since 2019, she has been collaborating with the Institute of Architecture and Urbanism in Serbia, and she is a member of the Expert Commission for the evaluation of feasibility studies for all capital investments in the city of Belgrade.