Endrit Marku

XXX Cycle - (A.A. 2014-2015)

Home Institution: Polis University Tirana
Curriculum: Architecture (ICAR14)
Research Topic: Architecture, authority and the everyday
Tutor DA-UNIFE: Antonello Stella
Tutor Polis University: Gezim Qendro
Nationality: Albanian

Email: endrit_marku@universitetipolis.edu.al


Endrit is a lecturer at POLIS University teaching courses such as “Architecture Theory and Design” and “Interior Architecture”. Since 2008, Endrit is part of Metro_POLIS Associated – an architecture and planning practice, working initially as an architect and currently as the director and leading architect of the studio. He graduated as architect at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. He has an extensive experience in architectural and urban design as well as working with the communities and local governance. Endrit has been engaged with the design and implementation of several projects such as the development plans for a number of municipalities and communes, in landscape and urban projects as well as numerous architectural objects. Endrit currently pursues his PhD, researching the relationship among authority and architecture, its manifestation in the design of the public spaces and their everyday use.

Research skills
Architecture and authority | Architecture and Society | Phenomenological research | Memory | Tirana’s metamorphosis

Scientific activities



Doctoral research

SPACE, AUTHORITY AND EVERYDAY LIFE - Through the spatial evolution of Tirana’s Itineraries

The history of Tirana is made of subsequent historic layers juxtaposed, often antagonizing or negating each other. They belong to different authorities that have left their respective signs in the urban fabric of the capital’s places and architecture. These remnant vestigial, probably were not randomly placed but carefully designed. My understanding of the development of Tirana will pass through its main itineraries and centralities interconnected by them, in different times. This study aims: The understanding of the evolutionary process of complex constellations of spaces making the center of Tirana; The analysis of interconnected pieces of the city in continuity with each other, seen as contiguous systems inside the city, as itineraries rather than separated centralities; The Concealment of the symbolic behind the vestigial placed along the capital’s main itineraries. Through these vestigial I intend to understand better Tirana and the relevant influential authorities that have shaped it. While analyzing these dynamics I will try to define also the potentially limiting influence of these ideologies and their signs on the extensive use of Tirana’s center by its citizens. I am confident that this study won’t only shed some light on an unfamiliar of Tirana’s past but that will contribute to the better universal understanding of the present as well.

Space | Place | Authority | Everydayness | Tirana