Maria Sitzoglou is an Urban Designer and Participatory Planning Expert. She has extensive experience in urban resilience projects with a portfolio ranging from policy design to hands-on community projects. Her specific focus is on developing Child Friendly Cities as she has been working closely with local authorities and stakeholders in developing children participation strategies and programs as well as child friendly guidelines for street design and school infrastructure improvements through the pedagogical perspective. She has been a Child Friendly Cities Advisor for the 100 Resilient Cities Network pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation and currently she is working as the European Commission Urban Expert for the OASIS Schoolyards project led by the City of Paris, FR. Moreover, she is involved in large scale urban development projects (Masterplan, Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans) responsible for the design and implementation of stakeholder and public engagement strategies. In the past she has been the Deputy Chief Resilient Officer (CRO) for the City of Thessaloniki, GR within the frame of the 100 Resilient Cities program. Furthermore, she has an international experience with urban design projects in Morocco, Spain, USA, Vietnam and France. Maria holds an MSc in Urban Design from UC Berkeley, USA and a Master’s degree in Architecture from Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.
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