Sotir Dhamo

PhD in Architecture and Urban Planning


Planning & Management


Dr. Sotir DHAMO is one of the founders of POLIS University and is currently the Administrator of the Founding Board of this university. Sotiri graduated as an urban architect in 1988 and has a long professional, practical and academic experience in these fields. Since the beginning of the 90s, he was involved in studies and projects within the framework of the Institute of Architecture and Urbanism and further contributed to governmental organizations such as the Ministry of Public Works and non-governmental organizations such as Co-PLAn, etc. Subsequently, Sotiri received an Executive Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Syracuse in the USA, as well as other qualifications or evaluations at the academic level. Sotiri has been an external lecturer for several years in the architecture department at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, while he currently lectures at Polis University in the subjects Urban Design and Analysis of Territory and Settlements. Among other things, Sotiri is co-founder of the Metro_POLIS studio with activity in the field of architecture; co-founder of the A+P Forum, the only scientific periodical in the field of architecture and city planning. Sotir Dhamo is also active in projects related to city planning in Albania and neighboring regions; He also carries out research activity within the framework of the POLIS University research unit; and plays an active role as a member of civil society in the framework of AUA, the Union of Albanian Architects and Planners.


Dhamo, S. Thomai, Gj. Aliaj, B. (2022) Saranda, the Missing City; (2022) Publisher: Polis_Press ISBN: 978-9928-347-06-0; Project: Scientific Publications Series: THE MISSING CITIES
Dhamo, S. (2021) Understanding Emergent Urbanism: The Case of Tirana, Albania; DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-82731-1; Publisher: Springer; ISBN: 978-3-030-82730-4

Dhamo, S. (2020) The urbanism of individual arrangements; Informality through Sustainability; DOI: 10.4324/9780429331701-5; Publisher: Routledge

Dhamo, S. (2021) Tirana Patterns at a Glance In book: Understanding Emergent Urbanism; DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-82731-1_5

Dhamo, S. (2021) Methodology for Holistic Understanding of the Urban Patterns; In book: Understanding Emergent Urbanism DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-82731-1_7

Dhamo, S. (2021) Historical Notes on Tirana; In book: Understanding Emergent Urbanism; DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-82731-1_4

Dhamo, S. (2021) The Natural City In book: Understanding Emergent Urbanism DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-82731-1_2

Dhamo, S. (2021) Additional Theoretical Lenses to Understand the City; In book: Understanding Emergent Urbanism DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-82731-1_3

Dhamo, S. (2021) Holistic Approach to Tirana Pattern Analysis; In book: Understanding Emergent Urbanism; DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-82731-1_6

Dhamo, S., Bregasi, L., Perna, V. (2020) Computational Design for Complexity-Related Issues. Strategies to Foresee Emergent Behavior and Social Conflict in the ‘Organic’ Tirana; In book: Human-Computer Interaction. Human Values and Quality of Life, Thematic Area, HCI 2020, Held as Part of the 22nd International Conference, HCII 2020, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 19–24, 2020, Proceedings, Part III DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-49065-2_40

Dhamo, S., Bregasi, L., Perna, V. (2021) Non-Cooperative and Repetitive Games for Urban Conflicts in Tirana: A Playful Collaborative System to Lower Social Tension; In book: Proceedings of the International Conference on Game Set and Match IV Qatar-2019; Publisher: Qatar University Press

Aliaj, B., Dhamo, S., Luarasi, S. et. al (2022) Rethinking Gjirokastra. Can architecture and city planning stimulate hope and growth for shrinking cities? – A Project of the Joint International PhD Program IDAUP. POLIS University Albania/Ferrara University Italy; Publisher: POLIS_Press; ISBN: 978-9928-347-04-6; Project: OMB – Observatory of the Mediterranean Basin

Nientied, P., Dhamo, S., Papa, D., Toska, M. (2019) Place Attachment in Seven Areas of Tirana, Albania; Current Urban Studies 07(02):206-227; DOI: 10.4236/cus.2019.72010

Dhamo, S. Thomai, Gj. Aliaj, B. (2016) Tirana the missing city; Publisher: POLIS_Press; ISBN: 978-9928-228-23-9; Project: Scientific Publications Series: THE MISSING CITIES