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October- December 2015


The city of Gjirokastra is considered a unique city with regards to its urban and architectural composition. The main aim of this competition is to call for design proposals that will provide the Bypass Road trajectory and design, which after being constructed will take the traffic off the Bazaar area of Gjirokastra, by transforming it into a pedestrianized area. All these should be performed without tackling the character and authenticity of the area subject to this competition. This project aims at improving car mobility and returning the historical centre back to its identity. Through this open call Atelier Albania is searching for multidisciplinary teams of architects, urban designers and planners, road engineers, transport and heritage experts that will generate tailor made and original proposals, highlighting and protecting the existing historical and cultural values of the city, while at the same time offering intelligent solutions to the traffic and mobility issues of the city. Through this competition, that is not merely an engineering question, it is aimed for an integrated solution. Even though the main object of the design proposal is the bypass, the design question is more than an engineering one. The design question brings together designers, engineers, transport and heritage consultants to propose an integrated approach to the question of Gjirokastra bypass.

Competition Awards






Atelier 4


Altin Premti | Alban Efthimi

Shpresa Prifti | Maurizio Cerri

Aurel Xhumbi | Ylli Gjoni





Gjirokastra Organic Loop

D. Papa | E. Dobjani | Ll. Kumaraku | S. Jojic | E. Mamani | D. Oshafi | S. Tumani | E. Gazaferri | L. Halilii | K. Rexhaj | M. Tepelena | Xh. Kristo | E. Gjikopulli




Carlo Cappai | Alessandra Segantini | Ariela Kushi | Erind Bejleri | Stefano Rioda | Alessandro Bonaventura | Leonardo De Benett | Rade Batinica




Lorenc Bejko is a professor of Archaeology and Heritage Management at the University of Tirana. He has an MA in Archaeology from the Boston University and a PhD from the Academy of Sciences of Albania. He is specialized in prehistoric archaeology with a special interest in the Bronze and Iron Ages of Albania and the neighboring regions. His interests include methods and theory in Archaeology, social and comparative studies in issues of early complex societies, archaeological conservation, heritage and contemporary society, landscape archaeology, archaeological education. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in many regions of Albania and directed/co-directed over 7 multi disciplinary projects! Bejko has worked for the Institute of Archaeology of the Albanian Academy of Sciences, has served as director of the Albanian Rescue Archaeology Unit, director of the Institute of Cultural Monuments of the Albanian Ministry of Culture, and since 2008 teaches at the University of Tirana. Is member of many professional organizations among which, corresponding member of the Archaeological Institute of America and member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management, member of the Scientific Council of the UNESCO Office in Venice, President of the Albanian Archaeological Society.


After graduating in Architecture and Urban Planning at the Polytechnic University of Krakow in Poland, she worked for a long period of time in the Municipality of Tirana as urban planner, developing parallely and hereinafter the academic experience in teaching at the Faculty of Architecture. Co-designer of a considerable number of urban studies, urban requalification projects of public spaces, she also owns qualitative experience in design and implementation. Currently directs the Institute of Cultural Monuments, it is co-author of numerous projects on the restoration of monuments, and revitalization of historical and museum centers. Head of many tracking expeditions, for documenting and declaring objects as cultural monuments, as well an identifying the Albanian cultural heritage at the international level. The initiator of several partnerships with the Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of History and Philology and non-governmental organizations participating in the IPA projects in the region. The Institute she leads is the focal point of UNESCO for the declared World Heritage properties in the territory of Albania and maintains regular contacts with European institutions on exchanging parallel and successful experiences. Coauthor of advanced and profound studies with several publications in the field of cultural monuments and historical centers. Participant and contributor in a series of international conferences and exhibitions on preservation, revitalisation and management of cultural assets. Jury member in several international architectural competitions.

Andreas Faoro

Andreas Faoro is an architect and urban designer. After graduating at the IUAV University of Architecture of Venice, he obtained a Post-graduate Master degree in Architecture and Urbanism at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. His theoretical and practical work focuses on the relationship between, politics, economy and large-scale urban design issues, exploring the disputed, conflicting and often paradoxical transformation of cities and urban environments. Since 2003 Andreas has collaborated with different international architectural offices (SBA – Stefano Boeri Architetti - Italy, Fritz van Dongen (NL), StudioEU Berlin – (DE) LAN (IT), OFFICE KGDVS Brussels (BE). Next to the professional activity he ha experience in teaching architecture and urban design programs at different Universities and Cultural Institutions. Parallel to the design projects, he is intensely engaged with, writing, and research, activities that are an integral part of his engagement with architecture and urbanism. Andreas is also active in offering consultancies to municipalities and agencies concerned with urban planning and architectural issues. His professional experience ha moved across a broad range of scales and disciplines including architecture, urban and landscape design. He has taken part as coordinator, project manager and scientific advisor in several European Culture projects, EU-ROMA (EUropean Roma Mapping), W.S.E. (Welfare Space Europe), EURO.P.A. (EUROpean Public Art-chitecture project) and EU-CITY a project developed with Winy Mass, and the Why Factory (TUDelft), partially exhibited at the Biennale of Venice 2012). Recently his work has been exhibited at the Louisiana museum in Denmark: Frontiers of Architecture III-IV Living (2011) and in France at the 10th Biennale de Lyon: “Le spectacle du quotidian”. In 2008 he co-founded “UNLAB” an international architectural office.

Sokol Kikino

Sokol Kikino (1968) is a transport planner. He concluded a MSc program in Infrastructure Planning at Stuttgart Technical University, MSc program in Economics and Program Management in San-Diego State University. He has 24 years of professional experience in transport and infrastructure planning, Mr. Kikino is specialized in Projects, Procurement, Studies, Planning, Supervision and Contracts Management with proven leadership skills and strategic solution approach to project and issues management as well as project scope, quality and schedule management. He has demonstrated project management experience on all aspects of road, highway, and port projects namely feasibility studies, business plans, preliminary and final design, supervision of construction, project management, quality and quantity control & audit etc. Since October 2014 he is a Project Manager of the World Bank Project for Power Recover Project/MEI.


Elisabetta Terragni is a tenured Professor at City College of New York. She is a licensed architect practicing between Italy, Switzerland, Albania and the United States. Her work extends from the analysis of hand-motion to the transformation of abandoned industrial and military infrastructures. Terragni’s work raises issues of spatial and temporal discontinuities in the design of exhibitions, the conversion of abandoned sites and disused infrastructures for new public purposes. Leftovers, abandoned places, and structures that have fallen in disuse will continue to be the sites of architectural interventions, challenging imagination and sensibility, so as to avoid heavy-handed results. In a number of places, such as abandoned highway tunnels and demilitarized zones, Terragni has installed museum venues and rededicated remaining buildings by treading lightly on the ground. She has frequent consultation with private individuals and institutions regarding projects of renovation and re-adaptation like the consultancy for Trento Province in view of the development in the area around the tunnels project, 2010 to present. Since the extensive renovation project of Giuseppe Terragni’s 1937 Asilo Sant’Elia, Como, entailing an integral structural renovation and overhaul of mechanical equipment, she is frequently invited to analyze economical and technical problems of landmark buildings from 1920 to 1950.


Leah Whitman-Salkin is deputy editor of Harvard Design Magazine and is co-curator, with Simon Battisti and Åbäke, of the Albanian Pavilion at the 2016 venice Architecture Biennale.