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Education Master in Architecture 2015 Technical University of Vienna, Austria

Iva Shokoska Contact Information Tel: +436765212890 E-mail: Address: Hafengasse 5/14 1030 Vienna, Austria

Technical Skills Microsoft Suite Adobe Suite Autodesk // AutoCAD & 3DsMAX

Languages English German

BSc in Architecture 2011- 2014 UACS Faculty for Architecture & Design, Skopje, Macedonia Professional Experience Urbam, EAFIT, Medellin, Colombia 2017 (September - November) | Intern Researcher Conducting a research on the topic of invisible borders in Comuna 13, Medellin, Colombia. Investigating their prime movers and initiators on the one side and the people being affected by them on the other side, and the social and spatial impact they have in their existence. The final goal is to develop a methodology how this phenomenon can be measured and further, to develop a toolbox of spatial interventions that would be incorporated into an urban strategy.

UDL Skopje - 100 Ideas for Debar Maalo, Skopje, Macedonia 2017 (April - December) | Urban Specialist Workshop Project funded by the BACID Fund for Know - How Transfer Actions (by the Austrian Development Cooperation). Project run into more consequitive fases that require several workshops with the local creative community as well as the Municipality of Center of the city of Skopje that are awaited to result into general urban strategy about this part of the city.

Exhibition: Arquitetura para Curitiba – Arquitetura como Interface“, Curitiba, Brazil 2017 (May - August) | Student Participant An urban design proposal for the renewable of the district of Bus - railway station in Curitiba, Brazil developed together collaborating with local architects. The Project was


mentored by Markus Tomaselli, Katja Schechtner and Clemens Kolar.


TEDx Donauinsel, Vienna, Austria 2017 (January - July) | Creative & Design Manager

Solidarity and the Making of Lived Heritage, Thessaloniki, Greece | Vienna, Austria 2016 (October) | Student Researcher Collaboration between the School of Architecture in Thessaloniki, Greece and Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space (SKuOR), TU Wien. The project investigated the capacity of heritage to create dissonance, conflict and distrust, as well as the ability of heritage to foster cross-cultural dialogue, mutual respect and understanding, and forms of solidarity.

EXHIBIT: | Platform for Urban Research 2015 (March - ) | Co-Founder & Partner A platform for urban research that aims to create unconventional case studies that explore urbanity through experimental approach promoting a fresh perspective on local and global potentials of urbanization. The mission is to provide a theoretical understanding with the intention to deliver practice into community life.

Urban Design Lab, Nassau, Bahamas 2015 - 2016 (November - March) | Student Researcher Student Urban Regeneration Project for the Grant’s Town Neighborhood, in Nassau, The Bahamas. The project was organized and sponsored by the International Development Bank.

Double Think Fondation (DTF), Geneva, Switzerland Initiative for built environment 2015 (August - December) | Partner Preparing project initiatives for increasing productivity and independence of our clients in the area of Sustainable Development (Water, Energy, Rural and Urban design); Social Cohesion through Education and Culture; Technology, Media and Communication; Agriculture and Nutrition.

City Creative Network (CCN) Skopje, Macedonia 2014 (August - September) | Student Assistant A workshop focused on rethinking the urban development in Skopje, Macedonia. nterdisciplinary design practice dedicated to high-level research and design on a variety of subjects, concerning contemporary architecture and urbanism. Collaboration with Haris Piplas from Urban Think Tank (UTT) & ETH Zurich.


The Social Network Urban Design Project Capranica, Italy


Waltz in Curitiba Urban Design Project Curitibaa, Brazil

part of the exhibition “Arquitetura para Curitiba – Arquitetura como Interface” in May, 2017


Back to Identity Urban Regeneration Project Nassau, Bahamas the project was organized and sponsored by the IDB


Craftsmen Roof Urban Design Project, Skopje, Macedonia

Competition Entry for Open Gap, 2014


Scale Scapes Urban Design Project, Skopje, Macedonia


UDL Urban Design Project, Capranica, Italy


Small towns in proximity of metropolises increasingly come under pressure. Due to their geographical closeness, important functions such as working, education, health and shopping are progressivly being provided by the big urban hubs. In this process, small towns lose their function and their identity. In times of location-independent communication and services, can this process be stopped? How can small towns be supported in giving them back their functionality or redefining themselves? What should small towns provide, in order to make long-term, sustainable developments possible? This project focuses on the case study of the middleitalian small town Capranica. Capranica has about 6000 inhabitants and is located in-between two urban hubs about 50 km from Rome (3 million inhabitans) and 25 km from Viterbo (ca. 70.000 inhabitants). In the past twenty years Capranica has undergone a structural change not only due to changing economic conditions. The local building industry is an important economic factor that is declining. Industrial and commercial activities are reducing and the number of commuters has risen significantly. The idea of this project is to create an showcase of a linear city by utilizing the already existing networks inside the core of the town of Capranica and its surrounding.


The Social Network; Capranica Italy | Networks

capranica & surrounding

Via Francigena Streets Via Cassia Train Municipalities Cities

regional network

meeting points 2 user groups meeting points 3 user groups meeting points 4 user groups

capranica network

meeting points 2 user groups meeting points 3 user groups meeting points 4 user groups via alcide de gasperi via cassia

The Social Network; Capranica Italy | Linear centers / Street areas


The Social Network; Capranica Italy | Densification / Linerar centers overview

new structures


green areas

via alcide de gasperi

The Social Network; Capranica Italy | Principles & Strategy Implementation


The Social Network; Capranica Italy | Proposed Site Plan


WALTZ IN CURITIBA Curitiba, Brazil

2014 powerful demonstrations and riots rattled Brazil and its urban population to the core. Initial outcry about steep fare raises for public transport services quickly gave way to demands for comprehensive improvements of public services. Following Susan Star Leighs famous analysis that infrastructures only become visible when they fail, it became painfully clear to us that as teachers of architecture and urban planning we had to introduce our students at Technische Universitaet Wien to the powers those invisible background infrastructures wield on our cities – and at the same time find ways to contribute to the discussion “in situ”: in the cities of Brazil. Thus we developed “Transformative Infrastructures” – a broad exploration of the impact and future design of cities vis-à-vis infrastructure and public service provision. Fellow architects from Curitiba invited us to share our perspective and to contribute a design proposal for the “Rodoferroviária” quarter in their city, which is earmarked to become Curitiba’s new public administration office hub. We therefore selected a small team of students from TU Vienna to analyse the site and propose a new urban design in collaboration with local advisors from Curitiba and guided by Markus Tomaselli, Katja Schechtner and Clemens Kolar. Our design proposal „Waltz in Curitiba“ contributes an outside-in view to Curitiba’s Rodoferroviária quarter for the planning exhibition at “Arquitetura para Curitiba – Arquitetura como Interface” in May 2017.


Waltz in Curitiba; Curitiba, Brazil | Analysis & Proposed Site Plan



































Waltz in Curitiba; Curitiba, Brazil | Cultural Center

The ANAKONDA cultural centre represents a multiplex community hub that connects human, cultural organizations, schools and academic associations with an art archive and aims to be a space for creative and artistic social activities. This centre is revolving around the arts, to reformulate the use of the local historical infrastructure and to provide opportunities for creative enjoyment, education, and research.

Waltz in Curitiba; Curitiba, Brazil | Public Green Space

Using the old railway tracks as well as the old carriages while implementing different functions and designing them to be mobile along the historic axis of movement creates continuation of the program and allows it to be flexible throughout the whole public space and well into the green space. The highline that links all areas starts at the cultural centre at the amphitheatre and continues as a pedestrian walkway up to the third floor of its structure. Here, the highline enters the building and continues as an exhibition space until the point where it leaves the building structure and continues to the “Rodoferroviária”. To support safety & security the access will be restricted through buildings only.


BACK TO IDENTITY Nassau. Bahamas

The City of Nassau with approximately 250,000 inhabitants (2010) is located in New Providence, the main island of The Bahamas. Downtown Nassau is limited by "the hill", a natural ridge delimitation and it isi dentified by the location of several government buildings. At first glance, the city is characterized by functional and spatial segregation of social classes and uses. The density of inhabitants on the island is rather low. In the last few years the gap between lower and upper middle class has become much more visible. Economicly, the city is mostly based on the tourism industry. In many regards to this, the urban fabric of Nassau is in danger by loosing its identity as a ccarribbean mid-scale metropolis. Additionally there is a lack of urban functions such as affordable housing, adequate public space, facilities for education and good governance. This project as part of the Nassau Urban Lab strives towards a sensitive upgrading strategy of the urban living conditions of Downtown Nassau based on strategic, design and architectural interventions. The situation of the “Lab” reflects an experimental approach due to the location where we act. So tried to answer questions like: What is the Genius Loci of this “famous” place in the Carribbean and how is it manifested within the urban scenery? How do the processes and interactions of the urban society outside of the touristic installations work? Which criteria we need to consider in order to initiate a transformation process in terms of space, functions and governance? What is the environmental, climatic and social framework for conceptual and design interventions? Back to Idenity - represents a regeneration urban project. It is structured through executing of 4 actions - strategies in order to revitalize one particular axis in the city of Nassau - the Market Street. Therefore, the main goal of the project is through this enjoyable walk to create vibrant and diverse neighbourhoud, to provide saftey at high level and revive the identity of the community.


Back to Identity; Nassau, Bahamas | Urban Strategy


Back to Identity; Nassau, Bahamas | Urban Strategy

Back to Identity; Nassau, Bahamas | Junkanoo Village / Floor Plans & Section


Back to Identity; Nassau, Bahamas | Market Street / Site Plan

the revival market street sub project represents redesign of the main axes on the island and according to the urban strategy, a connector between two main attractors on the street - the creative village (sub project 1) and the straw market, as ones of the most important „identity points“ in nassau. the design would initiate an enjoyable walk all the way through the market street, offer different types of activities and prompt a reliable bahamian identity. The first action would be improving the street scape of the street with implementing recognizable pavement for the different usage, shading provided by lot of vegetation, urban furniture and street lightning. Furthermore, two different types of places should be differentiate - permanent and temporary, and characterize them as hotspots that would attract locals as well as regular visitors and tourists throughout this axis.

market street

from downton to over the hill 0





streetscape | pavement

streetscape | vegetation

permanent Those areas are provided with permant buildings. However, felxibility in the infrastructure change might be allowed when necessary.

the current paving would be replaced with three different types of grained bitumen, each one accordingly to the different level. moreover, additional paving would be provided for the different types of activities and public spaces

traditional bahamian vegetation would be cultivated, in order to provide plentiful of shade and enjoyable street scape

temporary Those areas are temporarily recorded in a lightweight design . They are used shipping containers converted and recycled.

fine grained bitumen natural colour

fine grained bitumen pink colour

paving pink colour

paving | wood natural color

fine grained bitumen pink colour bikelines


royal poinciana yellow tree


royal poinciana red tree


silk cotton tree

streetscape | urban furniture the current urban furniture, as well as the street lightning would be replaced with newly designed one and some additional would be incorporated




garbage bins

city bike station

bus station

remove fences



Back to Identity; Nassau, Bahamas | Traditional Bahamian Bars and CafĂŠ

Back to Identity; Nassau, Bahamas | Creative Hub


CRAFTSMAN ROOF Skopje, Macedonia

Roofs are most vunerable urban places because of their visual exposure. But the people are also using roofs as public spaces because of their specific spatial features, and this is the main reason why they became the location of this project. Many of the subcultures in Skopje are gathering on the rooftops, such as musicians, artists, filmmakers, architects, craftsmen, ets. With the segregation of the market in smaller units which consist of mass produced elements, a much more flexible system is created which can be applied almost everywhere. Every module may be a separate units, but they can be bound together in a larger entirety. Every single one of the mass produced elements is made of natural and recycled materials. The whole system may be packed in containers which later can be reused in some of the modules. The most sustainable aspect of the design is the actual location. Connecting the design with it, the building efficiency can be increased, its usability options and a self sustained design in technical, ecological and social sense.


Craftsmen Roof; Skopje, Macedonia | Location / Diagram - City Growth

Craftsmen Roof; Skopje, Macedonia | Module Assembly


Craftsmen Roof; Skopje, Macedonia | Concept Diagram


SCALE SCAPES Skopje, Macedonia

Analyzing the historical generics of the site location, there is a vivid vision for the transformation from space to place each time when an individual or a group of people in a particularperiod of time gives it a specific purpose. Following the historical continuity of the city of Skopje, there can be introduced a general conclusion which shows that the need for emotional and social attachment towards one place is being constantly read through its urban development. Having analyzed the given location and having interviews with the local people, a conclusion has been made. The potentials and qualities this location offers within itself used to be properly used. Today, all these qualities are completely forgotten. The intervention is focused on rediscovering these “forgotten� potentials and their`s renewment being lead by the attitude that all of them have possessed all the needed characteristics that can make one place. Today, they are just a space lacking its essential qualities. The main idea of this project is to bring back the feeling of the placeon the given location gathering four critical focal points into one single entity.


Scale Scapes; Skopje, Macedonia | Current Situation


Scale Scapes; Skopje, Macedonia | Current Situation/ Points of Interest

Scale Scapes; Skopje, Macedonia | Proposed Site Plan


green space

re-programming the ground floor

street profiles




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