Core Team

Dr. Ing. Pietro ELISEI

Founder and managing director

(+40) 731 159 785

Town and regional planner, senior researcher and policymaker. He collaborated, as consultant, with ministries, cities and towns all over Europe, holding important positions in international organizations dedicated to urban planning (PLANUM, ISOCARP).

International expert in urban regeneration policies, integrated planning for small-medium sized cities and topics related to smart cities. A collaborator with EU universities and research centers, he works with international institutions (European Commission: URBACT and UIA Secretariats, UN-Habitat, UNECE) for important planning research. Dr. Elisei also routinely holds keynote speeches in international conferences and publishes a number of scientific articles on topics related to urban planning.

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. Within Urbasofia, she is responsible for the internal management and project coordination, being involved in overseeing financial, administrative and communication activities.


Strategic Planning Expert

(+40) 773 702 216

Urban Planner and EU Project Manager for Transnational / EU R&I projects. PhD in multilevel governance as an instrument for integrated strategic planning at metropolitan level. University Assistant at the „Ion Mincu” University for Architecture and Planning in Bucharest, Romania. President of the Romanian Professional Association of Urban Planners (APUR),  ISOCARP member and URBACT Ad-Hoc Expert.

Worked on several integrated urban development strategies for small and middle-sized cities as well as metropolitan areas in the EU, SUMPs, sectoral / SC strategies. Designing and implementing projects on Horizon2020, Interreg DTP, former FP7, URBACT, recently UIA. Certified trainer.


Administrative Manager

With a University degree in Economics and a specialisation in management, Anca is expert in administrative management of projects funded under EU programmes. With over 20 professional experience in accounting management, Anca has been involved in more than 15 projects financed under EU funds (especially Phare and Technical Assistance projects), as well as in several projects under bilateral cooperation agreements, funded by the Italian Government in support of Romanian public authorities (at central, regional and local level). Under these assignments, Anca has assisted the team of experts in providing consultancy, training (i.e. addressed to EU funds beneficiaries, such as former Human Resources Development Sector Operational Programme 2007-2013 and Technical Assistance Operational Programme 2014-2020), as well as in the elaboration of studies (i.e. Regional Innovation Strategy for Bucharest-Ilfov Region), local development strategies (i.e. Baia Mare, Dolj County, South East Region), and programmes’  evaluation (ROP 2014-2020 on going evaluation), being responsible of contracts’ management and backstopping coordination, as Project Director. Anca is certified by the National Authority for Qualifications as expert in structural and European cohesion funds, project manager, trainer and turistic enterprise administrator.

Dr. Miruna DRĂGHIA

Urban, territorial & landscape planner

Strategic urban and territorial planning expert currently enrolled as a PhD candidate (FU UAUIM), where she is working as an associated teaching assistant. Former Erasmus student at Faculty of Architecture from University of Lisbon (FAUL). Her research study is mainly oriented towards methodologies, tools and policies for spatial planning at the level of functional urban areas.

She is particularly focused on urban and territorial pressing challenges, being actively engaged in European-funded cooperation projects (Horizon 2020, UIA, INTERREG Danube, URBACT III), paying particular attention to mobility-related topics, cultural heritage as a catalyst for urban development, governance frameworks and collaborative actions of multiple actors, as well as systemic and circular approaches for urban regeneration processes.


Urban Planner and Landscape Designer, PhD student

PhD(c) Codruț Papina is an urban and landscape planner, doctoral student and junior researcher, holding a degree in Landscape Design and Planning with a master’s degree in urban management for Competitive Cities. He is a PhD candidate at UAUIM Bucharest with a focus on the development of urban peripheries, biophilic cities, sustainable approaches on how cities can grow and transform. He is holding valuable experience in co-creation processes for strategic planning, urban design and urban regeneration. Currently involved in HORIZON2020 projects proGIreg and STARDUST and Urban Innovative Actions project, SPIRE Baia Mare, exploring and experimenting with nature-based solutions and smart city development.

Ionela Mădălina RUSEN

Urban Planner & Urban Designer
Strategic urban planner holding a degree in Urban Planning and Design at the „Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest, being also a graduate of the master’s program specialization Urban Management for Competitive Cities, whithin the same university.
Her interests encompass two main areas: integrated urban design and systemic sustainable development of the construction sector through innovative solutions and principles, policy support and design for EU cities, in response to contemporary challenges related to climate change.
Currently, she is actively involved in HORIZON research and innovation projects such as Build-in-Wood and WOODCIRCLES, which aim to promote sustainable and circular development of the built environment by increasing the use and widespread adoption of bio-based materials (such as wood) in multi-storey buildings and upcycling wood waste materials through digital and innovative solutions.


Adelin LAZĂR

Geographer & GIS Specialist

Geographer, territorial planner and specialist in GIS and remote sensing techniques, which he uses in his studies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geography with a specialization in the field of territorial planning. In the same field of territorial planning and management of urban and rural settlements, he obtained a master’s degree. He has been involved in several projects, urban regeneration, creation of urban plans, GIS applications and maps but also projects of the impact of geomorphological elements on the environment. His main concerns are the process of urban sprawl, urban entropy, urban green spaces, transport infrastructure, land use dynamics, but also social processes such as segregation and gentrification. Cartography, remote sensing, Earth observation and everything related to GIS and geospatial data are also among his interests.



Andrada-Ioana LUPULESCU

Urban Planner

Strategic urban planner holding a bachelor degree in Urban Planning and Design at “Ion Mincu” University for Architecture and Urban Planning and a certification in Project Management.

Urban and regional strategic integrated planner working in Transnational / EU R&I projects. Andrada is currently involved in an applied research project within the Interreg Danube programme (AGORA – Advanced coGeneration Options for Reintegrating local Assets). Worked on several urban plans in Bucharest covering small and middle-sized areas in the city, which enabled her to understand the complexity and connections between different levels of information within an urban settlement of national importance. Has experience in the project management of STEM innovative educational initiatives at local level, through an Erasmus financing. Her areas of interest include urban regeneration and resilience, governance frameworks, the integration of digital tools for a sustainable urban development, having also a passion for urban design.

Ana Dragomir

Urban planner, PhD. student

Ana Dragomir, an urban planner, who holds a degree in Urban Planning and Design complemented by a master’s degree in Urban Management for Competitive Cities. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. at UAUIM Bucharest, Ana’s research focuses on the innovative realms of NetZeroCities and Urban Renewal.

Working on multiple strategic documents, she has developed a strong and diverse background in strategic planning and territorial development. Her knowledge and skill set were enhanced by her activity in public administration, particularly in European funds management. 

Currently, Ana is applying her experience on projects dedicated to exploring and implementing viable approaches that foster sustainable growth and transformation in cities.


Valentina STAN

Urban planner

Urban Planner, graduated in Urban Planning and Design at the University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu” in Bucharest, currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Spatial Planning and Regional Development at the same university.

At the university, she has been part of the team that elaborated several urban planning documents, such as the General Urban Plan (PUG) and the County Land Use Plan (PATJ). Her areas of interest cover a wide range of challenges and opportunities, from the sustainable development of cities through innovative and participatory solutions, to policy and programme development focusing on territorial cohesion.

She is currently involved in various projects focusing on the sustainable development of cities and the creation of people-oriented solutions, such as INCA (funded by Horizon) and CityWalk 2.0 (Interreg Danube) in which she is the communication manager.




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