Title/Position: Dean and Professor
Department/Faculty/Institution: School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at the University of Maryland
Degree(s)/School(s): Ph.D., University of Michigan
MCRI Projects: A2: Governance; B1: New Suburban Forms; C3: Europe Research Cluster.
Background: Sonia Hirt is dean and professor at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at the University of Maryland. Her focus as a researcher and educator is on the interactions between social and cultural values and the urban built environment. Through her scholarship, she aims to advance understanding of the relationships between social processes, cultural values and urban forms, and to create opportunities to make cities more equitable, beautiful and sustainable. Her scholarship has both a theoretical and an applied perspective. She strives to enhance the quality of urban environments by developing a richer theoretical understanding of the social processes and cultural values that influence their evolution. She also strives to provoke critical debates within the built-environment professions and thus contribute to innovation in practice.
Research Interests: Comparative urbanisms; Urban planning theory and history; Post-socialist urbanism.
Hirt, Sonia and Kiril Stanilov. 2009. Twenty Years of Transition: The Evolution of Urban Planning in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, 1989-2009. Nairobi: United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT; 166 pages).
Hirt, Sonia and Mina Petrovic. 2011 (in press). The Belgrade Wall: The Proliferation of Gated Housing in the Serbian capital after Socialism. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 35.
Hirt, Sonia and Mina Petrovic. 2010. The Gates of Belgrade: Safety, Privacy and New Housing Patterns in the Post-communist City. Problems of Post-communism 57 (5): 3-19.
Hirt, Sonia. 2009. Pre-modern, Modern, Postmodern? Placing New Urbanism into a Historical Perspective. Journal of Planning History 8 (3): 248-273.
Hirt, Sonia. 2005. Toward Post-modern Urbanism: Evolution of Planning in Cleveland, Ohio. Journal of Planning Education and Research 25 (1): 27-42.
Hirt, Sonia. 2009. City Profile: Belgrade. Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning 26 (5): 293-303.
Hirt, Sonia. 2008. Landscapes of Post-modernity: Changes in the Built Fabric of Belgrade and Sofia since the End of Socialism. Urban Geography 29 (8): 785-809.
Hirt, Sonia. 2008. Stuck in the Suburbs? Gendered Perspectives of Living at the Edge of the Post-communist City. Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning 25 (6): 340-354.
Hirt, Sonia. 2007. Suburbanizing Sofia: Characteristics of Post-socialist Peri-urban Change. Urban Geography 28 (8): 755-780.
Hirt, Sonia and Andreas Luescher. 2007. Collaboration between Architects and Planners in an Urban Design Studio: Potential for Inter-disciplinary Learning. Journal of Design Research 6 (4): 422-443.
Hirt, Sonia. 2007. The Devil is in the Definitions: Contrasting American and German Approaches to Zoning. Journal of the American Planning Association 73 (4): 436-450.
Hirt, Sonia. 2007. The Mixed-use Trend: Planning Attitudes and Practices in Northeast Ohio. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research 24 (3): 224-244.
Hirt, Sonia. 2007. The Compact vs. the Dispersed City: History of Planning Debates on Sofia’s Urban Form. Journal of Planning History 6 (2): 138-165.
Hirt, Sonia. 2006. Post-socialist Urban Forms: Notes from Sofia. Urban Geography 27 (5): 464-488.
Hirt, Sonia. 2005. Planning the Post-communist City: Experiences from Sofia. International Planning Studies 10 (3/4): 219-240.
Hirt, Sonia. 2014. "Secession as Style: Change and Continuity in Post-socialist Residential Architecture". Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Comparative Literature. New York, NY, March 2014