Architects of Albania Doriana (Bozgo) Bleta
I graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Architecture in 1999. From 2001-2004 I was the coordinator for Soros funded projects under the Tirana 2000 program (AEDP).
Since 2005, I have been teaching as a lecturer in Studio 1, 2 and Interior Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Polytechnic University of Tirana. Since 2000 I am co-founder of Studio B&L along with Roland Lika and Ermal Bleta.
Over the years, according to the circumstances that connect me to both, the academic and applied area of the profession, I have tried that these two dimensions influence each other.
Why did you choose Architecture? What was the spark that led you to this profession?
In fact I have choose it by elimination method. It seems like an unusual term in career selection, but it also happens. Being a passionate person for knowledge, I had the opportunity to choose. So I eliminated medicine, law, economics, etc., and decided to become an architect. By the end of gymnasium, I had only expressed my talent through drawing a flower. What I can already identify as expressions of empathy with the architecture was the interest in the specific qualities of the physical environment and the emotional connection to them.
How do u think architecture and what is the project that best represents you?
I think of architecture as a self-portrait. Often the design process is not carried out in terms of absolute freedom, but nevertheless it carries the qualities of the individual who designs it. There are two projects I like most, one of which was built and the other unfortunately remained a proposed project idea. The built object is a multi-family residence which we call the Academy, based on its position (behind the Academy of Arts). I can consider it as one of the most mature studio jobs, an appreciation expressed through the nomination for the Aga Khan Award in 2016. The second project is a research for the possibilities of form built into environments of strong identity. The proposed project idea, winner of the Future Project Awards, SHARE 2020, addresses the possibility of developing a tourist resort on the southern coast of Albania, through the reinterpretation of the local architectural language.
What advice would you give yourself at the beginning of your career, also valid to young architects or girls / women who want to become architects?
Architecture is like disease, it dominates everyday life. In these conditions, mom or mother-in-law becomes a vital necessity.