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The first term of office (2019-2021) is as follows:

  • Anna Agata Kantarek - the President
  • Małgorzata Hanzl - the Vice-President
  • Łukasz Musiaka - Secretary
  • Monika Adamska - the Council Member
  • Tomasz Figlus - the Council Member
  • Robert Szmytkie - the Council Member


Anna Agata Kantarek

Prof., DSc, Ph.D., Architect, Engineer, SARP (Association of Polish Architects), MOIA (Lesser Poland Regional Chamber of Architects), TUP (Society of Polish Town Planners), PAN (Polish Academy of Sciences), Creator Architect SARP Status. Professor in Chair of Urbanism and City Structure Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology. Her most important published works include: The contemporary idea of the urban block in town structure (based on Parisian cases 1977-19970) 2004 in Polish, On orientation in urban space, 2008 in Polish, 2013 in English and Tkanka Urbanistyczna. Wybrane zagadnienia (Urban Tissue. Selected Issues) in 2019 (in Polish). As an architect she was responsible for housing projects in Krakow (Piastowska-Reymonta, Słomiana) and Mielec (Smoczka, Ks. P. Skargi, Akacjowa, Jaworowa, Sienkiewicza-Drzewieckiego, Zygmuntowska). Competition successes include the First Prize for Guidelines for the Local Revitalization Program for Cracow (2006). Research interests include: urban composition, morphology and typology of urban form, contemporary city space and structure, housing, urban block, cityscape, orientation in urban space, revitalisation, modernistic and post modernistic urban form. She is President of ISUFPolska (2019-2022), was on the ISUF Council in years 2015-2019 and lead the ISUF supported project on Post Socialist Urban Form (Plot by Plot Urbanism). Shis a head of Section of Urban Morphology in Board of Urbanism and Architecture, Academy of Sciences, Krakow Branch and head of Section of Urbanism in Committee of Architecture and Urbanism, Polish Academy of Sciences.

Major/recent publications:

Małgorzata Hanzl

Dr hab Małgorzata Hanzl holds a PhD with habilitation from Warsaw University of Technology. She works as Associate Professor of Urban Planning at Lodz University of Technology, Poland and also teaches in the Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology. She is a part of the Urban Morphology Editorial Board. She was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship as a Visiting Researcher in SENSEable City Laboratory, MIT and was active in the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) as part of its Board of Directors (2017-2020). She served as member of Scientific Comittees of Congresses of ISOCARP, ISUF, ISUF Italy, eCAADe, RealCORP and ICCSA. She did reviews for several journals, including Urban Planning, Land Use and Planning, MDPI journal,  She has got extensive experience as an urban planning practitioner and consultant. Member of Polish Chamber of Urban Planners 2005 - 2019 (closure of the Chamber), membership nr WA-360.

Major/recent publications:

  • Hanzl, M., Fernandez Maldonado, A.M., 2021, Editorial to the Special Issue on planning resilient cities and regions. Cities, 114, 103190.
  • Hanzl, M., Geerse, A., Guschl, L., Dewan, R., 2021, ‘Urban metabolism and land use optimization: In quest for modus operandi for urban resilience’, in Understanding Disaster Risk. Elsevier, pp. 109–130. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-819047-0.00007-X.
  • Hanzl, M., & Osmond, P. (2020). Urban form and climate change planning: on the normative framework for urban design. Urban Morphology, 24(2), 232–235.
  • Hanzl, M., Misiak, J. and Grela, K., 2020, Assessment of quality of life in residential estates in Lodz, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics).
  • Hanzl, M., 2020, ‘Urban forms and green infrastructure – the implications for public health during the COVID-19 pandemic’, Cities & Health, pp. 1–5. doi: 10.1080/23748834.2020.1791441.Hanzl, M. 2017, Morphological analysis of urban structures - the cultural approach. Case studies of Jewish communities in Lodz and Mazovian voivoideships. Monographs of Lodz University of Technology, Lodz University of Technology Press, Łódź 2017
  • Hanzl, M., 2007, ‘Information technology as a tool for public participation in urban planning: a review of experiments and potentials’, Design Studies, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 289–307.

Łukasz Musiaka 

Graduated geographical studies and postgraduate study in the field of GIS science. He works as an assistant professor in the Department of Political, Historical Geography and Regional Studies at the University of Lodz. Chairman (2017) and vice-chairman (2021) of the Łódź Branch of Polish Geographical Society, co-founder and secretary of ISUF Poland. In his scientific work combines urban geography, geography of tourism, historical geography and cultural heritage, particularly concerning architectura militaris architecture and urban morphology. He focuses on the morphogenesis and spatial layout of medieval cities and socio-spatial-economic role of cultural heritage. In recent years, he has focused also on the morphology, spatial transformations, reconstruction and revitalisation of cities in Central and Eastern Europe and other cities destroyed by wars and armed conflicts. ISUF member since 2016.

Major/recent publications:

  • Musiaka Ł., Sudra P., Spórna T., 2021, Spatial Chaos as a Result of War Damage and Post-War Transformations. Example of the Small Town of Węgorzewo , Land 10 (541): 1-34 DOI: 10.3390/land10050541
  • Musiaka Ł., Figlus T., Szmytkie R., 2021, Models of morphological transformations of centres of the largest Polish cities after World War II, European Planning Studies, 29 (3): 511-535 DOI:10.1080/09654313.2020.1744529 
  • Figlus T., Musiaka Ł., 2020, Analysis of morfological changes of rural settlement patterns after World War II in the metropolitan area of Łódź using a graph theory based methodEnvironmental & Socio-economic Studies, 8 (4): 57-72 DOI: 10.2478/environ-2020-0023
  • Musiaka Ł., 2019, Przemiany przestrzenne wybranych miast mazurskich w latach 1945-1989, w świetle badań jakościowych mieszkańców/Spatial transformations of selected Mazurian cities in the years 1945-1989, in light of qualitative research of their inhabitants, Prace Komisji Krajobrazu Kulturowego/Dissertations of Cultural Landscape Commission No. 42 (2), 125-146 DOI: 10.30450/201919 
  • Musiaka Ł., 2018, Małe miasto – duże wyzwania. Percepcja Lokalnego Programu Rewitalizacji na przykładzie Nowego Stawu w województwie pomorskim, Studia Miejskie, tom 32, s. 69-83, DOI: 10.25167/sm2018.032.05 
  • Musiaka Ł., 2018, Małe miasto – duże wyzwania. Percepcja Lokalnego Programu Rewitalizacji na przykładzie Nowego Stawu w województwie pomorskim, Studia Miejskie, tom 32, s. 69-83, DOI: 10.25167/sm2018.032.05
  • Musiaka Ł., 2017, The Impact of the Teutonic Knights’ Medieval Cultural Heritage on Small Towns in Poland, p. 218-249, [in:] Sanetra-Szeliga J., Jagodzińska K. (eds.), The power of heritage, Kraków
  • Musiaka Ł., 2017, Przemiany morfologiczne małego miasta na przykładzie Nowego Stawu, Studia z Geografii Politycznej i Historycznej, tom 6, s. 71-105. 
  • Musiaka Ł., 2013, Funkcja turystyczna średniowiecznych zamków i jej wpływ na miasta Pomorza, Warmii i Mazur (The tourist function of medieval castles and its influence on the towns of Pomerania, Warmia and Mazury)
  • Musiaka Ł., 2013, Funkcja turystyczna średniowiecznych zamków i jej wpływ na miasta Pomorza, Warmii i Mazur (The tourist function of medieval castles and its influence on the towns of Pomerania, Warmia and Mazury), Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, pp. 201.

Monika Adamska

DSc, Ph.D., Engineer, Architect, Associate Professor, head of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Opole University of Technology. She holds her PhD and habilitation in architecture and urban planning from Wrocław University of Science and Technology. She received research grants from the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe in Marburg (2015, 2016) and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in Berlin (2017), also participated in internships at academic centers in Norway (Oslo School of Architecture and Design), Great Britain (Reading University) and Italy (Pavia University). Her research interests focus on the history of architecture and urban planning of Silesia and historic towns and villages of the region. The research areas are in particular: transformations of historical spatial structures, public space and market squares, cultural heritage (valorization, protection, promotion), the issue of place identity, cities divided by a state border. She has gathered professional experience in the field of architectural design and spatial planning, both as an author and co-author.

  • Adamska M.E., 2019, Transformacje rynków średniowiecznych miast Śląska Opolskiego od XVIII wieku do czasów współczesnych. Przerwane tradycje, zachowane dziedzictwo, nowe narracje, Studia i Monografie z. 509, Oficyna Wydawnicza Politechniki Opolskiej, Opole, ISSN 1429-6063, ISBN 978-83-66033-41-2.
  • Adamska M.E., 2019, New chances for old towns. 21st century revitalization in historic centres of Silesia, IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, Volume 471, IOP Publishing, 1–10, doi:10.1088/1757-899X/471/9/092052.
  • Adamska M.E., 2017, Rola wartości dziedzictwa kulturowego i środowiska przyrodniczego w lokalnym rozwoju terytorialnym wsi Pokój/The role of cultural heritage and natural environment in the local territorial development of the village of Pokój, [in:] New ideas in planning for territorial development Vol. IV The cultural heritage and environmental values in spatial planning. Case study, E. Węcławowicz-Bilska (Ed), Monograph 548. Series Architecture, Tadeusz Kościuszko Cracow University of Technology, Cracow 2017, ISSN 0860-097X, 93–118.
  • Adamska M.E., 2016, The Frederician colonisation of Silesia (1740-1805). Rules, migration experience and contemporary results, Jahrbuch des Bundesinstituts für Kultur und Geschichte der Deutschen im östlichen Europa, Band 24, 2016 Migration, De Gruyter Oldenbourg, ISBN 978-3-11-047672-9, ISSN 1865-5696, 67–93.
  • Adamska M.E., 2016, A house in the frontage. The continuity and transitoriness of Silesian market squares’ development [in:] Defining the architectural space. Games and play of architecture, T. Kozłowski (Ed), Monograph 532. Series Architecture, Tadeusz Kościuszko Cracow University of Technology, Cracow 2016, ISSN 0860-097X, 7–17.
  • Adamska M.E., 2016, Odrzańskie wyspy Opola. Bolko i Pasieka. Historia, rozwój przestrzenny i walory krajobrazu, Prace Komisji Krajobrazu Kulturowego, 33, 137–153.
  • Adamska M.E., 2015, Średniowieczne rynki atrakcyjną i indywidualną przestrzenią publiczną miast Śląska Opolskiego/Medieval market squares as individual and attractive public space of small-sized towns in Opole voivodeship, „Przestrzeń i Forma” 23/2, 279–294.

Tomasz Figlus

Tomasz Figlus graduated in geography and history. Since 2013, he has been an assistant professor at the Faculty of Geographical Sciences, University of Lodz. In 2018-2019, he completed a research internship at the Institute of Rural Development and Agriculture of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Since 2014, he has been the vice-chairman of the Political and Historical Geography Committee of the Polish Geographical Society, since 2019 he has been the secretary, and since 2021, the chairman of the Łódź Branch of the Polish Geographical Society. He is a secretary and editor of the scientific journal Studies in Political and Historical Geography. He is a co-founder of ISUF Poland. His scientific achievements, including several dozen publications and conference papers, mainly concern the issues of spatial structures of settlement and cultural heritage in geographical and historical perspective, with particular emphasis on the origin and changes in rural settlement patterns.

Major/recent publications:

  • Musiaka Ł., Figlus T., Szmytkie R. 2021, Models of morphological transformations of centres of the largest Polish cities after World War II, “European Planning Studies”, 29 (3): 511-535
  • Figlus T., Musiaka Ł., 2020, Analysis of morphological changes of rural settlement patterns after World War II in the metropolitan area of Łódź using a graph theory based method, “Environmental & Socio-economic Studies”, 8 (4): 57-72.
  • Figlus T., 2020, Process of incorporation and morphological transformations of rural settlement patterns in the context of urban development. The case study of Łódź, “Quaestiones Geographicae”, 39 (2): 75–95.
  • Figlus T., 2020, Transformacja morfologiczna wsi włączonych do miasta po II wojnie światowej na przykładzie Łodzi, „Wieś i Rolnictwo”, 187 (2): 99-130.
  • Figlus T., 2019, Przemiany struktur przestrzennych osadnictwa wiejskiego w Polsce, [w:] Halamska M., Stanny M., Wilkin J. (red.), Ciągłość i zmiana. Sto lat rozwoju polskiej wsi, t. 2, Wyd. Scholar, Warszawa, p. 709-739.
  • Figlus T., 2018, The Past and Present of Historical Morphology of Rural and Urban Forms in Poland, “Studia Geohistorica”, 6: 149-168.
  • Figlus T., 2018, Wybrane aspekty teoretyczne identyfikacji i waloryzacji układów ruralistycznych w Polsce, „Studia Obszarów Wiejskich”, 49: 75-92
  • Figlus T. (ed.), 2018, Współczesne badania geograficzne krajobrazu kulturowego, „Studia z Geografii Politycznej i Historycznej”, 7, pp. 306.
  • Figlus T. (ed.), 2017, Geneza i rozwój struktur przestrzennych osadnictwa, 6, pp. 347.
  • Figlus T., 2016, Typy morfogenetyczne wsi w środkowej Polsce, “Studia Geohistorica”, 4, 90-112.

Robert Szmytkie

Prof. Robert Szmytkie is a geographer, head of the Department of Human Geography at the University of Wrocław. He is also a member of the Polish Geographical Society, where he participates in the work of the Commission for Population and Settlement Geography and a member of the Editorial Board of the Scientific Journal ‘Space - Society – Economy’. His scientific output includes over 100 scientific publications and dozens of presentations at Scientific Conferences. In his research he focuses on: urban geography, including urban morphology, rural geography, geography of population and historical geography.

Major publications:

  • Musiaka Ł., Figlus T., Szmytkie R., 2021, Models of morphological transformations of centres of the largest Polish cities after World War II, European Planning Studies, 29(3), 511–535.
  • Szmytkie R., 2021, The Cyclical Nature of the Territorial Development of Large Cities: A Case Study of Wrocław (Poland), Journal of Urban History, 47(4), 771–793.
  • Szmytkie R., 2021, Suburbanisation process within and outside the city. Development of intra-urban suburbs in Wrocław, Poland, Moravian Geographical Reports, 29(2), 149–165.
  • Sikorski D., Latocha A., Szmytkie R., Miodońska P., Kajdanek K., Tomczak P., 2020, Functional changes in peripheral mountainous areas in east central Europe between 2004 and 2016 as an aspect of rural revival? Kłodzko County case study, Applied Geography, 122.
  • Brezdeń P., Szmytkie R., 2019, Current changes in the location of industry in the suburban zone of a post-socialist city. Case study of Wrocław (Poland), Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 110(2), 102–122.
  • Szmytkie R., Krzysztofik R., 2019, The processes of incorporation and secession of urban and suburban municipalities: The case of Poland, Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift – Norwegian Journal of Geography, 73(2), 110–127.
  • Krzysztofik R., Dymitrow M., Szmytkie R., Kantor-Pietraga I., Pełka-Gościniak J., Spórna T., 2015, Environmental hazards and urban abandonment: Case studies and typological issues, Geografiska Annaler: Series B. Human Geography, 97(4), 291–308.
  • Szmytkie R., 2014, Metody analizy morfologii i fizjonomii jednostek osadniczych, Rozprawy Naukowe Instytutu Geografii i Rozwoju Regionalnego, 35, Uniwersytet Wrocławski, Wrocław.
  • Krzysztofik R., Szmytkie R., 2011, Studia nad procesami i strukturami osadniczymi sieci miast Polski Południowej, Prace Wydziału Nauk o Ziemi Uniwersytetu Śląskiego, 68, Uniwersytet Śląski, Sosnowiec.
  • Szmytkie R., 2009, Miasta-zlepieńce na Śląsku Dolnym i Opolskim, Rozprawy Naukowe Instytutu Geografii i Rozwoju Regionalnego, 6, Uniwersytet Wrocławski, Wrocław.