Marko&Placemakers is a city design and research consultancy based on transformational principles of placemaking and green urbanism established in 2013 by Igor Marko and Petra Marko, following their long-term collaboration on successful urban regeneration projects.
We bring together a team of urban designers, researchers and architects with a unique combination of skills in design, masterplanning, urban strategies and communication, in order to address social, environmental and economic issues that cities face today. Our portfolio of people-oriented projects such as Northala Fields Park builds on over a decade of experience at FoRM Associates, a practice previously co-founded by Igor Marko.
Drawing on long-term experience of bridging professional boundaries between urban design, architecture, art and engineering, we create unique partnerships to address different scenarios and contexts, helping cities, private clients and design professionals (architecture, engineering and other creative practices). From concept stages to complex strategies, our advice is based on design thinking and creativity as main drivers to create better places to live in, work in and enjoy.
We are constantly exploring new methods for city development and regeneration, from experimental and theoretical models, to practical application. Combining experience from practice with observations and ideas developed in theory, we are building up a comprehensive knowledge of scenario-based methods. Through mapping and visual ethnography we make data accessible to reveal the real psychogeography of the place.
Mentoring and teaching
Knowledge transfer from academia into practice is fundamental in order to bring creativity back into the forefront of city making. We translate our practical experience of working in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment into engaging and inspiring teaching methods, focusing on the transformational value of placemaking.
Igor Marko is the founder and creative director of Marko&Placemakers. As architect, urbanist and urban designer, Igor has been advising on and delivering successful projects beyond traditional realms of architecture over the last 20 years. His experimental approach to urbanism resulted in winning commissions for visionary ideas such as Car Free London, preparing the ground for transformation of London’s pedestrian and cycling environment.
Focusing on the transformational value of placemaking, Igor has been advising both private and public sector clients on the integration of public realm in new developments and major regeneration schemes. He has supervised a number of workshops and initiatives internationally for organisations including European Urban Design Laboratory Stadslab, Aspen Institute Prague and various architecture schools.
Igor is a regular speaker at conferences and debates concerning sustainable urban development, having presented at forums such as the Changwon Eco-City conference in South Korea and the European Economic Congress. His work has been widely published in North America, Europe and Asia.
Petra Marko (née Havelska) is an architect, communicator and enabler with experience in architecture, public realm and project management. She co-founded Marko&Placemakers with Igor Marko following their long term collaboration at FoRM Associates, where she was involved in several stages of the Irwell River Park strategy and had invaluable communication input in a number of competitions.
Combining social engagement, entrepreneurship and education, Petra has been a contributor, curator and coordinator of numerous initiatives hosted by the likes of London Festival of Architecture, Urban Transcripts, CANactions and reSITE. She is the author of Together Alone. Architecture and Collaboration - a book of dialogues exploring the future role of the architect. Petra grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia and gained diploma in Architecture from Vienna University of Technology before moving to London in 2006.
Stephanie Mills is an architect-urban designer and film-maker with over three decades of experience in Europe, North America and Southern Africa. She is a passionate urbanist with a lifelong interest in the ‘drivers of change’ impacting cities. Her work has evolved from built environment practice towards more strategic and collaborative forms of action research, public participation and visioning processes within, and across, a range of disciplines and sectors with the aim of developing social innovations and spatial typologies that begin to address the issues of our time.
Following her architecture studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, Stephanie obtained a masters’ degree in Urban Design from Harvard University, USA. She is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and a member of the Academy of Urbanism.
Jorge Martin is an architect, urban designer and researcher working in the interdisciplinary realm amongst urban studies, political science, social sciences and design, keen on bridging disciplines and knowledge.
Jorge joined Marko&Placemakers in 2013 to work on both urban design and research-led projects alongside his PhD at the Bartlett School of Planning at UCL. His research focuses on the relationship between collective action and urban design, its implications on urban governance and the construction of social networks regarding urban public space. He seeks to underline the importance of socio-spatial agencies in the governing processes of urban practices.
Milota Sidorova trained in landscape architecture, urban planning, graphic design, film production, urbanism, methods of social research and human resource management at schools in Europe, Asia and America. In 2012, she was awarded Fulbright scholarship to study urbanism in New York City where she further developed her role in communication, coordination and interdisciplinary research.
Milota has been a contributor and speaker at numerous initiatives exploring the role of culture in urban development. She is particularly interested in empowering of non-governmental sector, civic initiatives and individuals in order to enable sustainable urban development. Milota combines her research projects with her role as founder of Women. Public Space. Prague – a network promoting active role of women in architecture, urban planning and development of community life.