Maša Šorn is a doctoral researcher, a landscape architect and a hot-air balloon pilot with main academic and professional interests in urban public green open spaces, social aspects of spatial sustainability, children’s participation in spatial design processes and young people’s use of public spaces.
After completing her Landscape Architecture and Planning degree from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, she worked as a Research Assistant and Junior Landscape Architect at Ljubljana Town Planning Institute. In 2009 she received a studentship from the Slovene Human Resources Development Agency to study for a Master’s degree in Theory and Practice of Sustainable Design at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, the UK. Following completion of the MSc, her work focused on sustainable mobility planning and resilient urban water management in the built environment, working as a Project Manager at the Regional Development agency of Ljubljana Urban Region. In 2013 she moved back to the UK to work on a project exploring children’s involvement in spatial design as a Research Assistant to PI Rosie Parnell at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture (Leverhulme Trust research grant, 2013‐2016).