The project team

ANDREEA UDREA, the initiator of the Cincinat Sfinţescu project, is an urban planner, PhD of “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning in Bucharest (UAUIM) with the specialization in history of ideas in urban planning.

She graduated the Faculty of Urban Planning of UAUIM in 2004, since 2006 holds a Master’s degree in Urban Management from the “School for Advanced Studies” of UAUIM, between 2009 and 2013 was POSDRU-EDUCATI fellow - Humanist Excellence in Doctoral Research programme, when conducted a research internship at Politecnico e Universita di Torino. In September 2013 she defended her PhD thesis “The first urban plans of Bucharest in the first half of the 20th century”, elaborated under the supervision of Professor PhD. Arch. Nicolae Lascu. The work experience acquired within the Urban and Metropolitan  Planning Centre in Bucharest (2004-2009), a public institution subordinated to the Bucharest City Hall - initially as planner, then as the General Director of this institution – is cumulated with the experience accumulated during the period when she carried out activities in non-governmental organisations such as the Association for Urban Transition, working on a wide range of projects (research in urban planning, theoretical debates and studies, public competitions, projects supported by European funds and based on research and the dissemination of urban planning themes, public interest projects, urban projects at the city scale or small urban development projects) and the period spent as teaching assistant at the Faculty of Urban Planning of UAUIM (2010-2013). At present, Andreea Udrea is independent researcher in Dallas, Texas.

TOADER POPESCU, architect, lecturer, PhD, “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning in Bucharest (UAUIM), specialization in history and theory of architecture and urban history.

He attended several post-graduate and advanced studies programmes (M.A. in urban planning; New Europe College – NEC fellow; he did several training and specialization internships in Romania, Great Britain, Hungary, French, Belgium). Toader Popescu is also a practising architect and urban planner, signature member of the Romanian Order of Architects, the Romanian Register of Urban Planners, the Romanian Professional Association of Planners and specialist attested by the Ministry of Culture in the field of the protection of historical monuments. He is working on projects focused on historical, architectural and urban planning research applied to private practice. He is a member of the Town History Commission of the Romanian Academy, the Association for Urban Transition, the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (USA), the International Railway History Association and the Association pour l’Histoire des Chemins de Fer (France). He is involved in numerous research and action projects, organiser of national and international exhibitions, as well as international workshops, associated editor of sITA – Studies in History and Theory of Architecture, author of books and catalogues; in 2014 he published the volume The Romanian Railway Project (1842-1916) at Simetria publishing house, distinguished with the „Science Book of the Year” Award by the Romanian Publishers Association. At present, Toader Popescu is a lecturer at UAUIM and carries out his activity at Quattro Design (since 2006) and Point Zero (which he founded in 2005).

IRINA CALOTĂ, architect, teaching assistant, PhD, “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning in Bucharest (UAUIM), specialization in urban housing and history of architecture. 

She graduated from UAUIM in 2009 and holds a master's degree in urban planning since 2011. In 2013 Irina Calotă defended her PhD thesis entitled “Beyond the Centre: Housing policies / Bucharest / 1910-1944”. Between 2009 and 2012 she won a European doctoral scholarship within the Doctoral School: “Space, Image, Text, Territory”, and in 2011 she did a research internship at the Central European University in Budapest. She took part in international workshops and specialists conferences, she is the author of a series of articles (in Arhitectura, Urbanismul, Historia Urbana, etc.), she worked on several important cultural projects: the systematization and publication of the “Alexandru Tzigara-Samurcaş” image archive, DITACP-UAUIM, as well as the conception and elaboration of the exhibition archi-VE/RO. Between East and West. Alexandru Tzigara-Samurcaş slides archive; Fundături bucureştene / Blind alleys in Bucharest (2013-2014); the exhibition From blind alleys to by-streets. Places in the everyday Bucharest, Bucharest, April 2014; The Students’ Survey Archive: organizer of the survey exhibition and co-author of the catalogue Romanian Architecture Documents. At present, Irina Calotă is a researcher and teaching assistant at the History and Theory of Architecture and Heritage Conservation Department of UAUIM. 

ILINCA PĂUN CONSTANTINESCU, architect, teaching assistant, PhD, “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning, specialization in the theory of architecture, urban theory and design. 

She graduated from UAUIM in 2007 and holds a master’s degree in urban planning since 2009 (“Développement urbain integré” – a Romanian-French master programme). Ilinca Păun Constantinescu is studying new urban phenomena, the Romanian case study regarding the decline and city contraction (the title of the PhD thesis completed in 2013: Shrinking cities in Romania. A contemporary approach on urban contraction and decline; the work received the Ad Astra Award for Excellence in Research). She coordinated, organized or took part in the team of several cultural projects, such as the series of workshops focused on the regeneration of the industrial heritage from Petrila, 2012-2014; she also participated at national and international conferences on the topic of shrinking cities.
She has been teaching at the History and Theory of Architecture and Heritage Conservation Department of UAUIM since 2008. In 2012 she founded, together with Tudor Constantinescu, Ideogram Studio, where she carries out her activity as a signature architect.


We wish to thank all those who helped us throughout this project, due to the information and materials they provided and the research directions they suggested:

Arch. Şerban Popescu-Criveanu, for providing us information and documentary materials from his personal collection;

Professor PhD. Arch. Nicolae Lascu (UAUIM), for guiding us towards valuable sources and research directions;

Professor PhD. Arch. Florin Machedon (UAUIM), for providing us with novel materials;

Prof. PhD. Eng. Andrei Vasilescu (UTCB), Engineers Ioan Vasile Buiu and Vasile Constantin Diaconescu, for suggesting research sources;

We would also like to thank the staff from the Museum of Polytechnic University in Bucharest, the General Association of Romanian Engineers, the Romanian Academy Library and the Central University Library - Mathematics Branch for their generosity, solicitude and professionalism.

Caricature of C. Sfințescu redrawn based on the original from Edilitatea 1,2 (March 15,1922): 3). 
Photography of C. Sfințescu copied from the volume Urbanistica Specială (Detailed Theory of Urban Planning), 1934.