Urban Research Institute is a non-profit and non- governmental organization founded by a joint group of independent professionals and established by the Decision of the Court of Tirana on May 28, 1999. The highest forum is the Board of Trusties, represented by the Executive Director, who is elected by the Board. The organizational structure is composed of three main departments: (I) Development; (II) Research and (III) Finance and Administration.
URI’s general management philosophy is the decentralization of duties, authority and responsibility among the group of experts.
The group of experts prepares project proposals, conducts research, develops analysis and proposes solutions. In response to specific requirements of its clients and the service, URI works also with part time experts.
URI’s offices are located in the downtown area of Tirana, while contacts with institutions, local experts and coordinators are established almost all over the country. The office provides the necessary equipment for a facilitated operation.