Prof. Dr. Besnik Aliaj

Graduated as Architect – Urban Designer (1990) and later on postgraduate studies in Real Estate and Property Evaluation (1994/95 in Polytechnic of Tirana). Master in Urban Management (1996) at Urban Management Center (IHS & Erasmus University, Rotterdam Netherlands). Doctor of Science in Urban Planning 2005 (Polytechnic of Tirana). ‘Docent’ academic title (2007) and ‘Professor’ academic title (2010). Professional qualifications and research assignments at IPC College Helsingor Denmark (1994), University of Oslo (1995), University of Florence, Tempus Program (1998), IVP Program on Urban Environmental Issues, State Department USA (2003), and ILD Institute Peru (2006/7) etc.

Co-founder, and current Rector of POLIS University, International School of Architecture and Urban Development Policies, Tirana Albania Lecturer of ‘Urban Design’ and ‘Regional Planning’ courses. 16-years academic experience as lecturer of Urban Design at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Polytechnic University of Tirana, and head of the Urbanism Department (2003/5). Guest lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts of Tirana (1994-2005); at Polytechnic of Ancona, Italy (2003), at Faculty of Economy, University of Tirana (2007/8); at Faculty of Architecture, Darmstadt University, Germany (2007), at Faculty of Architecture, NTUA Greece (2009), at Stockholm Architecture Museum Sweden (2010), Swiss Architecture Museum Basel Switzerland (2011), at Architecture Centrum, Vienna Austria and at Bina week Belgrade Serbia, as well as Skopje Architecture week, Macedonia (2012).

Solid work experience from local/regional governments up to adviser of Albanian prime-minister on territorial, tourism and property issues (2005-07). “The Novelty of Tirana” Award (2004) and “Honorary Citizen” of Kamza Municipality Tirana (2006). Elected “Municipal Councilor” of capital Tirana, since 2009 up to date. Extensive consultancy experiences with local institutions, as well as with international organizations in Albania and Kosovo including World Bank, UN and EU agencies, Dutch development agencies, OSCE, Stability Pact, SOROS Foundation, GTZ/GIZ, USAID, ATZ, and with governmental programs from Netherlands, USA, Austria, Switzerland, Kosovo, Macedonia, etc.

Active civil society contributor in Albania and region. Co-founder and Executive Director of Co-PLAN, Institute for Habitat Development (1995-2005), and present day member of the Leading Board. Initiator of Platforma-IDR, Institute for Democracy and Reforms. Co-owner of architecture and design studio ‘Metro_POLIS’ ltd, Participant in many international conferences, events and networks, including ENHR, AESOP, AEEA, Balkanology network, etc. He is author of several publications, scientific articles and local forums, including the Albanian periodical on architecture and urban planning: “Forum A+ P”. Member of the board for AKTI National agency for technology and innovation and government’s “Fund of Excellence” promoting young scientist in Albania. Active opinion maker in media via articles and TV programs.