Marsela Plyku



Scientific Research


Marsela Plyku DEMAJ is an urban planner with a focus on urban design and an expert in the field of conservation and restoration of material cultural heritage. Since October 2022, she is part of the academic staff of Polis University and at the same time a candidate for doctoral studies in architecture and urban planning offered by U_Polis and the University of Ferrara. Next to the Faculty of Research and Development, she also assists in the Coordination of the Executive Master’s Program in Restoration, Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage.

During the experience of over 18 years, she has been the author / co-author of conservation / restoration projects, as well as engaged in the conception and implementation of training courses / Restoration Workshop under the coordination of UNESCO. As part of the technical groups, she contributed to the preparation of files and management plans for the declaration of “World Heritage” of the Historical Centers of Berat and Gjirokastra (2008), as well as of the “Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Lake Ohrid Region” ( 2015-2019). During 2014-2019, she was a member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Cultural Monuments (now IKTK), and a member of the Editorial Board of the scientific journal “Monumentet”.

Research areas include research on design approaches in urban contexts near cultural assets (protected areas), management plans as well as heritage impact assessments for cultural heritage sites. She has special interest in interdisciplinary approach that includes urban planning, cultural heritage, sustainable development and community.


Ndihma e parë ndaj Trashëgimisë Kulturore në kohë krizash – Udhëzues dhe Paketa e Mjeteve, (2023) Bashkëautor i përkthimit në shqip, ISBN 9789928801074
Titulli i Origjinalit: Tandon Aparna (red), First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of
Crisis – Handbook and Toolkit (ICCROM 2018)

Plyku Demaj, M;(2023) Between the historical heritage and urban development:Investigating the concept of buffer zones in the historical urban centres inAlbania; International Symposium;The integrity of the work in the age of digitalreproduction: The relation between the old and New in Restoration Practices, Universiteti Polis

Plyku DEMAJ, M. – Çuku, R.,(2022) “Exploring reconciliation of conservation and development through a values-based approach in territorial planning, The case of the old bazaar of Kruja as urban landscape”, 9th International Symposium AACCP 2022 (Architecture, Archaeology and Contemporary City Planning) Tirana

Talenti, S.-Como, A.-Teodosio A. –Smeragliuolo Perrota L. – Plyku Demaj M., (2022) Theory of Architecture for Towers, Workshop Report from TAW 2022, Forum A+P Nr.25, Polis Press, Tirana

Plyku Demaj, M, (2022)“Prof. Dr. Aleksandër Meksi, Xhamitë e Shqipërisë, Historia, Arkitektura, shek XV-XIX, AIITC, Tiranë 2015” , Recensë, Monumentet 61, (nëntor) 2022, ISSN 0253-1607