Urban designer and planner
Nurhan graduated with a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria. His passion for urban form and public space took him to Washington University in St. Louis, USA where he graduated a Master of Urban Design program after being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. He completed his education in the US with a summer design studio, studying global urbanism(s) both in Tokyo and Shanghai. Additionally he specializes in University College Dublin (Republic of Ireland). With his work Nurhan tries to re-think existing built environment and infrastructure as not only simply serving a use, but as a backbone of culturally sensitive public spaces that are truly civic.
Silvia graduated as BSc and MSc in Urban planning from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (UACEG), Sofia, Bulgaria. She is currently enrolled as a PhD student at the Urban Planning Department in UACEG investigating the topic of walking in large cities and how we can support it through urban planning and design policies and practices. She chose this topic as she loves walking in cities and enjoys exploring them on foot. After being awarded with an AUSMIP+ scholarship in 2014 she leaves for Australia, where she spends a year at the University of Melbourne. There she investigates planning policies and design tools related to pedestrian flows and movements in the city. She also has academic specialisations at the University College Dublin (Republic of Ireland) and Technical University of Vienna (Austria).
Despina has recently graduated with a Master degree in Urban planning from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2015 she graduated with a BSc in Urban planning from the same university in Sofia. During that time, she had the opportunity to live for 4 months in Dublin, Ireland and study at the University College Dublin. This helped her develop a deeper interest in topics related to Active city concept and promoting health through urban design with youth participation. She has recently become a valuable member of place.make team. Her own motivation is the idea of making Sofia and other cities better places for living.
Magdalena has recently graduated with a Master's degree in Architecture from the Department of Urban Planning, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia, Bulgaria. During the course of studies she enrolled in "Erasmus" student exchange program at the University "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy. There she studied in a Master's course at the Department of History, Restoration and Conservation where she developed her interest in topics related to architectural heritage, conservation issues and integration of heritage in the contemporary way of living. After coming back to Bulgaria she became interested in the improvement of urban spaces and developed her graduate thesis on the regeneration of Knyadzevo and Karpuzitsa, two suburban neighborhoods in Sofia. In 2017 Magdalena was a volunteer in place.make's public space and public life studies part of "Sofia - a city for people" project.
Maialen Landa Oregi
Maialen is studying 5th year of architecture at the Higher Technical School of Architecture at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). In 2015 she went to Bratislava to study for 9 months in the Slovak Technological University (STU). During that time she expanded her knowledge about different fields in architecture such as restoration and urban planning. She loves traveling and to discover new cultures which she thinks can be done through architecture and people. She started travelling when she was 6 years old and has travelled to 40 different countries all over the world. Since then, her interest in different cultures and how people behave in different countries, cultures and environments has grown. She has recently started an internship at place.make where she has not only the opportunity to get to know the way urban planning works in Sofia, but to learn also from the Bulgarian culture closely.
Maialen was part of place.make's team in 2017.
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Architect and landscape architect
Marina graduated with a Master degree in Landscape architecture from the University of Forestry in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2005. Since then, she has been working as a landscape architect, acquiring experience in the field of planning and designing open spaces. She has also gained professional experience in plant trading. Apart from Landscape architecture, she graduated with a Master degree in Architecture from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia in 2015. During that time, she had the chance to study, work and live for a year and a half in Rome, Italy. The time spent at the Sapienza University of Rome as well as with professionalists in the field of cultural heritage preservation and landscape architecture helped Marina build up as a specialist. This professional background gave her the opportunity to work on various projects with the place.make team and to develop her knowledge on urban planning and analysis. The passion for history and archaeology and the fluency in three foreign languages helped her to organise and participate in guided tours in Sofia and to present our city in the best way.
Stela graduated with Bachelor and Master degrees in Urban planning from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia, Bulgaria. During that time, she had the opportunity to do an Erasmus Exchange for 1 year at Vienna Technical University, Austria where she widened her knowledge in the field of urban planning. Since her university studies she started working together with place.make and took part in strategic, urban planning and urban design projects. She took active part in the first Public Space Public Life surveys in Bulgaria based on Jan Gehl’s methodology. These surveys were undertaken by place.make’s team in the cities of Silistra and Nikopol.