Velina is an Associate at Makower Architects, she joined in 2012 and is responsible for the management and delivery of Doha projects, working directly with the client and overseeing the design process. Her current projects include the Al Rayyan Gate masterplan development – a large-scale development in Doha’s Green Belt and the revitalization of Zones 15 & 16 in the historical centre of Doha. Velina is also a part of the senior management team in Doha, responsible for overseeing work processes, including software strategy and implementation, and projects setup.
Previous to joining Makower Architects she was a Principal at Focus Design Partners in Doha where she led building design projects - from concept design to construction documentation - for several sites in the Energy City Qatar in Lusail. Velina has also several years of experience in the US, from where she holds an architectural license, a LEED AP certification and is a member of the AIA.
Velina completed her BArch (with High Honours) from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and a Master in Management of Complex Architectural Projects (Cum Laude) from the University of Paris ‘La Villette’ and the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ in both Italian and French.
She also holds a MSc with Distinction in Advanced Architectural Studies from The Bartlett, UCL London. Currently, also at the Bartlett, she is conducting a doctoral study on the impact of large-scale developments on structuring polycentricity in Doha, employing space syntax methodology and GIS-based applications.
She is a published author with an interest in evidence-based scientific analysis and applied socio-spatial research for urban planning solutions.