Vita Žlender

PhD, Landscape Architecture

Phone: +386 (0)1 420 13 00 int. 34

Research themes

  • Management of peri-urban open spaces
  • Urban sprawl and city scale
  • Participation in urban planning


Vita Žlender is a landscape architect. She obtained her Diploma degree at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. During and after her studies she practiced as a landscape architect in Slovenia, Germany and the United States, where she gained skills in site inventory and analyses, conceptual design, schematic design, graphic design and large scale planning. Vita has a genuine interest in the role of open spaces in urban planning. Specifically, the change and management of open spaces within urban development have remained her primary research interests to date. These interests were reflected in her PhD research, which she undertook at the University of Edinburgh. Her research topic focused on the peri-urban landscape: its meaning, characteristics, current condition and drivers of change. After completing the PhD in 2014 she practiced as an urban planner in Slovenia and Switzerland. At the same time, she has been active in research, focusing predominantly on the problematic of sprawled urban development. She published her research findings in renowned journal and presented them at several conferences. Before starting a job at the UIRS, she was a landscape architecture lecturer at BIFCA (Birmingham Institute for Fashion and Creative Arts) in Wuhan, China.

Selected current projects

  • C3Places Using ICT for Co-creation of inclusive public places (C3Places (EU))
    -1 (2017 - 2020)
    MZZ (2017 - 2019)


Urban Planning institute of the Republic of Slovenia
Trnovski pristan 2
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

  + 386 (0)1 420 13 00
  + 386 (0)1 420 13 10


Monday to Friday: 9.00 – 13.00
Tuesdays also: 15.00 – 17.00
Summer, July–August:
Monday to Friday: 9.00 – 13.00

  + 386 (0)1 420 13 00 ext. 31


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