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Vice Dean of Research and International Affairs, Faculty of Architecture 2012 -2016

University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria

 Associate Professor 2009 -2019

University of Architecture, CivilEngineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria/Department of History and Theory of Architecture

Classes taught: Contemporary Architectural Phenomena, History of Architecture 19-20 century, History of Japanese Architecture

Practicing Architect of Movie Theaters 2007 -2009

Artec Design Studio, Sofia, Bulgaria

§ Projects –cinema halls within shopping malls in Pleven, Varna and Sofia

 Associate Professor 2004 -2007

Akita International University, JAPAN

Classes taught: Architectural Anthropology, Introduction to Japanese Society, Japanese Traditional Performing Arts


Teaching Responsibilities

MA Conservation Architecture, MA Work Based Learning Opportunity,  MArch1 Design Studio, BA2 Design Studio, BA2 History and Theory of Modern Architecture


Milena Metalkova-Markova is a Bulgarian architect who specialized in history of architecture and heritage preservation in Japan. Her research there was focused on preservation issues of historic wooden townhouses. She has taught architectural anthropology, history of modern architecture and architectural design within historic contexts in Japan, Bulgaria and the UK. She has been awarded several times for her work with students in preservation and urban design – Japan Tohoku International Competition 2nd Award, Japanese Ambassador Award-2018, Historic England angel Award-2019. She is interested in the links between art, architecture and preservation and at present she works as a senior lecturer at the School of Architecture at the University of Portsmouth.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Transformations of urban environment and heritage participation in a comparative perspective in Bulgaria and Japan, Kyoto Institute of Technology

1 Oct 199831 Mar 2001

Award Date: 31 Mar 2001

Master of Science, The concept of Kata and the architecture of Nijo Jinya house in Kyoto, Kyoto University

1 Oct 199631 Mar 1998

Award Date: 31 Mar 1998

MA, Laws of visual perception and culture legibility , Central European University

1 Oct 199330 Jun 1994

Award Date: 30 Jun 1994

Other, Urban design competitions for the cities of Dresden and Magdeburg, Bauhaus Academy

1 Apr 199315 Sept 1993

Award Date: 15 Sept 1993

Other, Master of Architecture , University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy

20 Sept 19871 Mar 1993

Award Date: 1 Mar 1993

External positions

director, Sustainable Conservation Trust

25 Sept 2020 → …


  • NA Architecture
  • cultural heritage preservation
  • vernacular architecture across the globe
  • Japanese architecture
  • citizen participation in preservation
  • Japanese culture and traditional performing arts
  • Bulgarian architecture
  • Modernism


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