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).
Magdalena graduated with a Master's degree in Architecture from the Department of Urban Planning at The University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia, Bulgaria. During her study she enrolled in "Erasmus" student exchange program at the University "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy. She studied in a Master's course at the Department of History, Restoration and Conservation where she dealt with topics related to architectural heritage, conservation and integration of heritage in the contemporary way of living. She developed her interest in cities and public spaces and started an internship at place.make in 2018 where she was part of the “Sofia – а city for people” project. The same year Magdalena did an “Erasmus +” internship in Porto, Portugal.
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 is part of place.make's team in 2017.
Simeon is a third year student at The Grenoble School of Architecture (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Grenoble). He is highly interested in public space development and transformation and the role they play in the architectural project. In his university work he always strives for the human scale and for delivering well integrated in the urban context projects. He loves to travel and to cycle in the city. Besides his interests in architecture, Simeon works with various NGOs engaged with children and youth activities in the mountain.
Simeon is part of place.make's team in 2020.
Margita is a fourth-year architecture student at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her desire to understand how certain environment works and how it can nurture different qualities in people led her to place.make studio. In her opinion various types of knowledge contribute to the working process, and that’s why she respects other people’s opinion and experience. When creating environment for others, she strives to see and understand their perspectives, thus achieving a balance between their needs and her intervention.
Margita is part of place.make's team in 2021.
Intern landscape architect
Olya is doing her Master's degree in Landscape Architecture with a specialization in Urban Design at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, having previously graduated in Landscape Architecture from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. During her studies, she participated in two Erasmus programs, one semester studying in Versailles, France, and one year working as an intern in the Netherlands. She likes to travel to new places, especially big cities, where she can visit various cultural and historical sites. As a designer, she strives to create adaptive and sustainable spaces that are in line with their surrounding environment and that contribute to the well-being of people.
Olya is part of place.make's team in 2021.
Reni graduated with a BA in Architecture from the Manchester School of Architecture in 2021. During her studies there, she deepened her interest in the relationship between architecture and the urban environment and explored how this scale affects people and the reality around them. As a designer and artist, she is interested in people’s psychology and behavior, their pursuits, their interaction with and influence on the environment, and the various forms of life. This is what led her to place.make studio, where the analysis of urban spaces and the aspiration to improve the experience of the people who use them are the main priorities in a number of the studio's projects.
Reni is part of place.make’s team in 2022