Graduated from Polis University in Urban Planning, and a second Master's degree in "Environment Planning", in Tirana, Albania, followed by short academic experience at the University of Van Hall Larenstein, Holland and TU WienN, Vienna, Austria. Currently employed full-time at GDI Consulting and part-time at the Agricultural University of Tirana. Expert in the field of urban & environmental planning and coordinator of community-based projects.Team leader at "Green me up Albania" initiative, wich focuses on green roofing and leaving walls through youth engagement. Fields of interest comprise environmental and urban planning, social activism and participatory policy making. Winner of the Walk 21 Vienna, 'Walking Visionary Jury Prize" with the Pocket Park project in Tirana.
Which additional experience/skills can people of Placemaking Europe reach out personally to you for?
Mostly anything related to; public place making through community-based initiatives, place making project management, implementation and evaluation at the local level. DYI green roof and leaving wall approaches with youth engagement are the fields i think i could be of help.
Which experience/skills can people of Placemaking Europe reach out to your organisation for?
Mostly in research and technical assistance as the Agricultural University of Tirana, is one of the oldest in the country.
Describe one of the projects you are most proud of
The Pocket Park in Tirana, 2015.
The project aimed the transformation of left out urban pockets in the city of Tirana into pocket parks through community participation. The Overall Goal of the project was to contribute to the catalysation of bottom-up initiatives of city neighborhoods in Tirana through use of creative energy and cultural patterns of the self-organizing networks in participatory planning processes. The primary target groups are neighborhood inhabitants, the existing activists, the young local and international planners, artists, initiators and entrepreneurs, searching to enhance their role in the neighborhood. The secondary target are cultural institutions looking for partners from other disciplines, local governments, specifically local planning officials looking to utilize local cultural models and knowledge in the urban regeneration on the city level, and experts and activists from other neighborhoods and the regions.