Akil Sokoli is a MIP fellow, currently pursuing Preservation Studies at Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Boston University, MA.
He was born in Shkodër, Albania, in 1981. He received a diploma degree in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania, in 2004, a Joint Master double degree in International cooperation and Urban Development with Specialization in Economic development from the Technic University of Darmstadt, Germany and Tor Vergata University of Rome, Italy, in 2012.
In 2004, he joined the Department of the Regulatory Plan, in the Municipality of Tirana, as a Specialist in Urban Planning. In 2008 he was part of the team winner for the design of the Master Plan of Tirana which was approved from the City Council in 2010. From 2009 to 2010 he has been a lecturer in the Polytechnic University of Tirana, Faculty of Architecture and taught topics in Urban planning History and Theory. In 2010 he left Albania to pursue his master studies funded from Erasmus Mundus Scholarships in Germany and Italy.
After his return in his home country he continued working for the Municipality of Tirana, in the Department of Transport and Mobility. He worked for the very new project founded from EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) to ease the traffic congestion in the city of Tirana through the integrated and remotely controlled system of traffic lights, message boards and CCTVs.
His current research interests include architecture conservation, urban planning design, photography and cinematography.