We are a town and regional planning company created in 2011 which provides European-wide expertise for urban development, policy design and territorial cohesion. We conduct high-level 3academic research, applied studies and the implementation of concrete solutions aiming at a more integrated, participatory, realistic and smart-oriented approach to pressing urban problems, both socio-economic, as well as environmental.
Leveraging on European structural funding for urban innovation, we support urban authorities to meet actual urban problems with the right tools and fitting flagship projects and piloting actions.We design and manage complex planning processes and EU projects in several Flagship European Programmes, developing urban, environmental and territorial studies, with and for cities. We work with an innovative planning approach oriented towards co-designing, in a wide group of stakeholders, the bridge between innovative solutions, local needs and pressing contemporary challenges.






We are offering cities and regions a complete service for developing Integrated Urban / Metropolitan / County Strategies, Local Action Plans, thematic plans (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, Sustainable Energy Action Plans). We achieve the best results by embedding the participatory process for these instruments within the local governance scheme and by assisting administrations to build their capacity for implementing and ensuring funding for the designed flaghship projects.



We have a vast experience in working as town and regional planning partners in Research and Innovation EU Projects focused on making living more sustainable, smart and inclusive. Consortia looking for partners with expertise in research, analysis, piloting actions, large-scale dissemination and evaluations are welcome to contact us. Our successful projects in programmes such as Horizon 2020, CIP ICT-PSP, South East Europe, URBACT, INTERREG Danube and our vast network of international partners are the best within the business.


Smart Cities

We have been involved in flagship Smart City initiatives at European level and have extensive knowledge on adapting planning and governance systems to the 4th industrial revolution. We can offer the same expertise already provided to several research and innovation projects for developing Smart Cities solutions for energy, location based services, indoor tracking and mobility. Our services range from development of local IS3 strategies, desk and field research, business plan development, socio-economic impact assessment of smart city solutions, as well as piloting management.


Study visits

We offer 360˚ experiences of learning, practicing and specialized experience exchange. We have worked with universities and schools to develop such week-long events in Bucharest, Sevilla, Malaga, Vienna, Marseille, Aix en Provence, and with public authorities for specialized urban development visits in Berlin, Bologna, Rome among others. We offer the full spectrum of services: urban walks, real-life practice, design workshops and events, and we can combine any of our products and services into a package that is tailored to your needs.


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Beyond Smart Cities. What about Emphatic Cities?

A REFLECTION ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MAN AND THE CITY Written by Natalia Onesciuc – Urban and Landscape Planner, Junior Manager of EU Projects at URBASOFIA S.R.L […]

ROCK project – Highlights of 2019

Cultural Heritage regeneration remains an open issue in the urban policies and practices, the current discourse struggling between protection/ preservation and valorisation in a sustainable way. In this light, ROCK […]

Conference EURAC 3rd International Conference in Bolzano, Italy

In December 2019, ROCK project has been presented by URBASOFIA at EURAC 3rd International Conference in Bolzano (Italy), entitled TOWARDS DATA-DRIVEN URBAN TRANSFORMATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE AREAS. In respect to […]

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Dr. Pietro ELISEI

Dr. Pietro ELISEI

Founder and Director

Dr. Elisei is a senior researcher and international expert in urban regeneration policies, integrated planning for small-medium sized cities and topics related to smart cities design. He collaborates with diverse international Institutions (European Commission/Urbact, Un-Habitat, UNECE) for important planning research.

Sabina LEOPA

Sabina LEOPA

Manager of EU Projects

Urban and Regional Planning Expert for Transnational / EU R&I projects. PhD candidate and university assistant (UAUIM Bucharest). URBACT Ad-Hoc Expert, APUR Vicepresident and ND ISOCARP member. Experienced in designing and implementing projects on CIP ICT-PSP, Horizon2020, DTP, URBACT, recently UIA. Certified trainer.



Assistant Manager of EU Projects

Strategic Urban and Territorial planning expert, PhD candidate at the UAUIM Faculty of Urban planning and associated teaching assistant. Actively engaged in European-funded cooperation projects (Horizon 2020, UIA, INTERREG Danube, URBACT III), on mobility-related topics, cultural heritage, governance frameworks and collaborative actions, as well as systemic and circular approaches for urban regeneration processes.

Prof. Dr. Nicoleta Silvia IOANA

Prof. Dr. Nicoleta Silvia IOANA

Executive Director

Holding a degree in Philology and a Post-Degree in Communication and Public Relations, Nicoleta is currently involved in projects with a strong social dimension, being responsible for education and continuous professional training and works as a trainer and evaluator of FPC competences. Responsible for the internal management of URBASOFIA.