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Chair of Spatial Planning

Katedra za prostorsko planiranje (KPP)
The Chair of Spatial Planing currently has four full-time employees: assistant professor, senior lecturer, assistant and technical assistant, and one external associate as part-time employee. The Chair also continues to cooperate with Dr. Anton Prosen, retired associate professor.

Within the Department of Geodesy, the Chair of Spatial Planing manages the master study programme Spatial Planning (MA).


In 2018 the Chair is cooperating on:

In 2017 the Chair was cooperating on several projects:

Educational activity

From its very foundations one of the main purposes of the Chair’s educational activity has always been to qualify experts with adequate skills of connecting geodesy, civil engineering, urbanism and spatial planning in individual projects, management and governance of space, and management of spatial policies. For many years the main focus of our teaching was education at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Study Program Urban and Spatial Planning. With the Bologna reform of study programs we formed a new second cycle study program Spatial Planning, which distributed the focus of our teaching to the master and doctoral studies. Within the master study program we use different teaching methods to offer our students quality education and findings about practical issues (project and field work, work in interdisciplinary groups) as research area (learning about various methods of spatial planning and spatial research). Evidence of well-prepared quality study program can be seen in awards bestowed to our students in Slovenia and abroad. In 2014 Uroš Rozman, one of the first graduates from the second cycle master study program Spatial Planning, received the University Prešeren Award.

At the third cycle doctoral study program our efforts are focused mainly on the excellence of research work, specifically on the issues of urban and regional spatial development, development of usages in space and other issues related to the wider research (program) group of the Department of Geodetic Engineering.

Research activity
The Chair of Spatial Planning is very actively involved in the international research work, especially in European projects of the ESPON program ( Worth mentioning is especially the ESPON TANGO project, which was targeted towards the development of practical recommendations for the public management and governance of space, based on the present European practice. At the same time we were also implementing the 7th Framework project TURAS, with the aim to design and develop European cities (including their rural background) in such way that they could resist all important sustainability challenges. Researchers, local communities and companies from 16 towns and 11 European countries responded to new challenges of urban reality by searching for the right answers. Common efforts of all project partners followed the main goal, which was to form a new strategy for urban resilience and sustainable development with the purpose to decrease the urban ecological footprint. In the international area we also cooperated in the project of the European transnational program for South-East Europe Attract-SEE, where we proposed a holistic approach to monitoring conditions in the space. One of the expert tasks was the elaboration of municipal spatial plan for the Municipality of Ajdovščina.

ESPON program 2007 -2013 (

TANGO: Territorial Approaches for New Governance / Ozemeljsko pogojeni pristopi k novim oblikam vladovanja in upravljanja s prostorom

ESPON POLYCE (2010-2012) 

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Chair's Past

In the last fourty years spatial planning has been developing as part of geodesy and has greatly contributed to the versatility of the geodetic and municipal professions.

The beginnings of the Chair of Spatial Planning go back to 1958, when the Chair of Municipal Technology was established at the Faculty of Architecture, Civil and Geodetic Engineering. The first head of the Chair, Prof. Dr. Sedlar, belonged to the generation of functionalistically oriented architects – town planners. At that time (as well as later on) the Department of Architecture was not inclined to urban planning. For this reason this educational activity found its place at the Geodetic-Municipal Department of that faculty, established in 1956.

Former professors at Chair of Spatial Planning, Assoc. Prof. Anton Prosen, PhD (left), and Prof. Andrej Pogačnik, PhD (middle) with the Dean of Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering in Ljubljana, Prof. Matjaž Mikoš, PhD.

In that time the study of geodesy no longer fulfilled all the requirements of spatial planning. For this reason, several Slovenian municipalities and the Republican Secretariat for Urban Planning, Municipal Affairs and Housing suggested to add to the study programmes some courses from infrastructural engineering and courses from town planning and municipal economics. The aim of the changed study was to train experts that would be able to connect the professions of geodesy, civil engineering and town planning for the purpose of implementing individual projects, manage space and conduct municipal policies.

The educational area of town planning diversified intensively in the next few years. Thus, in 1964 the Chair of Urban Planning was established. At that time it only had two members (Prof. Sedlar and Assist. Novak). With the years that followed, it became evident that the educational and research work should also expand to agricultural space, municipalities and regional space. For this reason, in 1978 the chair was renamed to more recognisable Chair of Spatial Planning, which is still active under this name as educational and research unit.




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