Maks Velo (31.08.1935 – 07.05.2020) architect, painter, writer, was born in Paris from Albanian parents. After his birth, the Velo family returned to Albania, to the city of Korça, where Maks spent his childhood. After graduating from high school, he continued his studies at the Polytechnic University of Tirana, Civil Engineering Department. He specialized in architecture and in 1960 took part in the first project that took place in Tirana.
His contribution to architecture is atypical in relation to the time and place where the works were built with his projects. The years ’78 -’79 were the most difficult period of his life, as during this time, he was arrested and sentenced to ten years in prison for modern trends in architecture and art, and as a result were burned 250 works of his. Maks Velo persecution and punishment lasted for 18 years, from 1973 to 1991 when he was acquitted.