PhD. Laura Shumka is employed full time at the Department of Architecture since 2016, now the Department of Art Design of the Albanian University, currently lecturer for the subjects of Interior Design, Project Recognition and 3D Art. Laura has completed her Ph.D. research at the Agricultural University of Tirana in 2014 and her undergraduate studies in Architecture at the University of Tirana. Her research interests extend to the field of architecture, design, the integrated study of cultural heritage monuments; application of advanced techniques in the conservation and rehabilitation of works of art; the introduction of ISO standards for cultural monuments, ranging from theory to design to implementation and landscape architecture. She has actively collaborated with researchers in several other engineering sciences and nature conservation. Laura was team member of projects as: ‘Complex research of Rajca and Lumi i Gashit as UNESCO sites’, in 2016; ‘Towards Strengthened Governance of the Shared Transboundary Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Lake Ohrid Region - IUCN, ICOMOS, Ministry of Environment of Albania and Ministry of Culture of Albania’ in 2017.
In May 2018 she was invited as a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Konya, Turkey on the topic: "Innovative approaches in the conservation of mural images against the invasion of fungi". She has participated in national and international scientific conferences presenting herself as first speaker or co-author. She has published over 12 scientific articles in international journals, 5 of which are indexed on Thomson Reuters, Scopus and JCR.