The Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (UIRS) is the central Slovenian research organisation in the field of spatial planning and design and related disciplines. Founded in 1955, UIRS was transformed into a public research institute in 1993, a status which continues to apply to date. Its basic activities are research, education, publishing and policy advising. It also operates a public library with an extensive literature stock and large collection of other references in the field of spatial planning.
The UIRS performs basic and applicative research projects at the international, national, regional and local levels, addressing various issues and processes of the urban and spatial development of Slovenia and the wider area. Research activity also includes the advancement of methodological and practical solutions for the development of urban areas, and planning of settlements and the countryside.
UIRS has participated in Human Cities from its very start in 2008 and was strongly contributing to research, methodological and practical venues of the project, as well as organized conferences and scientific publishing.
Matej Nikšič is an architect and urban designer, he leads and takes part in UIRS's research and applicable projects related to open urban public spaces, urban regeneration, place identity by design, cyclable and walkable communities and other aspects of rising the quality of urban life. He is an active member of AESOP’s thematic group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures which bridges the academic and practical approaches to contemporary public space. He teaches urban design at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Ljubljana. Matej used to be an urban activist too as an initiator of V troje initiative.
Nina Goršič is an architect and participates in UIRS’s multidisciplinary applied research and projects mainly in the field of urban renewal, cultural heritage and accessibility for disabled. Lately she is focused on dissemination of know-how and rising the Slovenian standards in designing public spaces and public buildings for all. She has substantial working experiences in the fields of communication strategies, events and exhibitions organisation. She enjoys in co-creation with young people to make them better prepared for the challenges that the future brings.