Dr. Arch. Rositsa T. Ilieva is an adjunct faculty at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy and the Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York City. Between 2013 and 2015, Dr. Ilieva served as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC) of The New School, where she taught courses and conducted research in urban food systems and planning for sustainable cities. Dr. Ilieva holds a Bachelor’s (2006) and a Master’s (2009) degrees in Architecture and a Ph.D. Cum Laude in Spatial Planning and Urban Development (2013) from the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy. During her Master’s studies she attended the Collegio di Milano – a nationally accredited college of excellence in Milan, and the Alta Scuola Politecnica – a double-degree Master’s program of the Polytechnic University of Milan and the Polytechnic University of Turin with focus on interdisciplinary work and innovation. In her Ph.D. dissertation, Dr. Ilieva used transition theories to investigate the emerging field of urban food planning and provide insights into the underexplored interface between food systems, sustainable development, and urban planning. For the international orientation of the work and research conducted abroad – at Cardiff University (UK), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US), and Wageningen University (The Netherlands) – in 2013, Dr. Ilieva was conferred a Doctor Europaeus certificate.
B.Sc. in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Milan, M.Sc. Cum Laude in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Milan and the Polytechnic University of Turin, Ph.D. Cum Laude in Spatial Planning and Urban Development from the Polytechnic University of Milan.
Cities as loci for socio-technical innovation; sustainable development; urban food systems; urban food planning; transition theories; theories of social practice; strategic practice management.