Dr Maša Šorn

Dipl.Ing.Land.Arch (Ljubljana), MSc, PhD

School of Architecture

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Part of Live Works team

Maša Šorn

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Dr Maša Šorn
School of Architecture
Arts Tower
Western Bank
S10 2TN

Currently I am working with Dr Tatjana Schneider and Carolyn Butterworth on a trans-national, interdisciplinary project Urban Education Live, investigating how collaborations between universities and cities can lead to future change with a particular focus on co-creative urban planning and governance mechanisms in urban areas.

I first joined the SSoA in 2013 as a Research Assistant and PhD student, working with Dr Rosie Parnell, Dr Jo Birch and Dr Maria Patsarika on a Leverhulme Trust funded project Children Transforming Spatial Design: Creative Encounters with Children.

My doctoral thesis, completed in 2017, focused on spatial literacy and the nature of communication between children and designers involved in spatial design processes.

Research interests

During my undergraduate years I co-founded PAZI!PARK, a non-profit organisation of landscape architects, passionate about engaging people in the use and design of open urban spaces through workshops, open air exhibitions, pop-up events and urban interventions.

The group is still active working on various projects in the areas of involvement and participation of spatial users in the process of urban design and planning in Slovenia.

My early career interests at The Urban Institute of Ljubljana included children and young people’s use of public open spaces, playspace design, and spatial education. Besides practicing as a landscape architect and urban planner, I was also involved in Project R.A.V.E. Space: Raising awareness about values of space through the process of education (Interreg III B Cadses Project No. 5C025) as a Research Assistant to Dr Maja Simoneti.

After completing my MSc in Theory and Practice of Sustainable Design from the Welsh School of Architecture, my main research and professional focus was on regional sustainable development in the built environment.

As a project manager at the Regional Development Agency of Ljubljana Urban Region I worked on two transnational multidisciplinary projects TURAS: Transitioning towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability (EU 7th Framework Programme) and POLY5: Polycentric Planning Models for Local Development in Corridor 5 Territories and its TEN-T ramifications (European Cooperation Programme Alpine Space 2007-2013).



  • Balant M, Javornik L, Kranjc U, Sulič K & Šorn M (2010) Celovška, kaj bo s tabo? prihodnost Celovške ceste, kot jo vidijo prebivalci Stare Šiške. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Miklavčič T, Planinc TR, Urbanc M, Fridl J, Mitrovič PD, Simoneti M, Šorn M & Borsa M (2007) R.A.V.E Space project final report : raising awareness of values of space through the process of education. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • Sorn M & Gojcic M (2013) Step into our region: Basic information and visions for the future In Lamovsek A, Kusar S & Dillinger A (Ed.), International Student Workshop Tracking the Ljubljana Urban Region 2012/2013 Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering. RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Sorn M (2017) Designing with children: Spatial Literacy explored through Communication between Children and Spatial Designers. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sorn M (2009) Using green areas for rainwater catchment and purification in the context of sustainable drinking water procurement. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sorn M (2005) The Aspect of Playing in Urban Public Open Spaces / Vidik igre v uporabi javnih odprtih prostorov v mestu. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Leverhulme trust PhD studentship and Research Assistant position (2013-2016, PI Rosie Parnell SSoA)
  • Ad Futura studentship for MSc Theory and Practice in Sustainable Design (2008-2009, Welsh School of Architecture)
  • Golden pencil prize for high achievement in Urban planning (2009, Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia - as part of The Urban Institute of Ljubljana)