Profile of Ms Malvina Koliçi POLIS University

Malvina Koliçi

Profesional Master r in Housing and Land Development, 2016
Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design, 2012.
After graduation, Malvina has worked as a Freelance Architect and Ass. Architect in exterior and interior designing studio.
Currently, she serves as Ass. Lecturer at POLIS University, for the students of the 1st year in Architecture, Art Design and Urban Planning Programs, as well as Architecture students of the 2nd year.
Since 2012, she is a member of Albanian Union of Architects and Urban Planners and since 2013, member of European Architecture Students Assembly

General research interests

 History of Architecture and Civilization
 Architecture design and Theory
 Architecture design with the help of Architectural Programs
 Housing and Urban Management
 Public Relation and Communication

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Title

Accommodation Tourism Structures during 1990 – 2010. The case of Post-Communist Albania

PhD Abstract

The aim of this study is to investigate the accommodation tourism structures in post-communist Albania, by focusing in the years 1990-2010. This research is intended to achieve an understanding of the development of these touristic structures in terms of architecture, space and qualities of facilities. Modern era has created another concept for tourism and architecture, by considering it “architecture tourism”. During the last decades there have been approaches by several cities to not just use architecture in favor or tourism, but actually to build architecture so that it can generate tourism. The case of Bilbao (1997), China, Dubai etc., represents clear examples where architecture itself has become such an attraction, as it has become the landmark and point of interest for visiting. Architecture plays a critical role in almost every area of tourism, providing infrastructure to enable tourists to reach the destination and once in place, accommodation to host them, while also offering venues for leisure activities. Thus, by providing space and allowing movement as some of the most basic prerequisites for tourism, it can be argued that tourism is barely conceivable without architecture (Specht, 2014). In communist Albania, tourism was represented by three main accommodation structures: Holiday Camps (dedicated to workers, state administration or specific groups of population), Hotel “Tourism” (an accommodation structure within the city which generally expected foreigners and administrative or diplomatic staff), Government Villas (mostly designed for the government families). With the fall of communism in 1990, just like every aspect of the society, the touristic accommodation structures were developed more freely. Main Objective: Tourism Industry is a sector where is invested enormous amount of money, to meet the construction and design needs; although design concepts, reasonability, sustainability and environment are hardly taken into account. The first observation towards the tourism in Albania, reinforces the above mentioned statement that’s why in this research, the main aim is about understanding the variation of touristic accommodation structures and proposing a sustainable model of development, which also satisfy the identity and spirit of Albania.