Saimir Kristo, Ph.D. is the Vice-Dean in the Faculty of Architecture and Design, at POLIS University, a practicing architect and urban designer, lecturer and curricula manager at this Faculty. His doctoral research was focused on city morphology, urban catalysis and “public-ness” in public spaces, linked with his experience as the Director of several Regulatory Plans in Albanian cities supported also by USAID. Saimir is also an alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Program organized by the State Department of the U.S.A and member of civil society. He is a dedicated cultural ambassador into enabling inter-cultural dialogue and collaboration between academia, culture institutions, museums, artists, embassies and community developing a common platform for discussion.
He curated the two most important architecture and design events in Albania, Tirana Architecture Week 2014 - Visioning Future Cities and Tirana Design Week 2015 – Design NOW! selected as European Young Curator in the CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators. He is a critic and writer internationally and board member of A10 new European Architecture Cooperative, the Netherlands and FORUM A+P and Future Architecture Platform program curator for Albania, a pan-European Platform of 26 Architecture Institutions in 22 countries in Europe, and organizer of PechaKucha Night Tirana. He has been a jury member for several international awards and competitions and chair in major international conferences in architecture. He is also a board member of “Fundjavë Ndryshe” Foundation - a philanthropic foundation that aims to diminish poverty from Albania devoting his skills as an architect building new homes or restoring old houses for Albanians in extreme poverty.