The international development group Happold Consulting has won a contract to advise on strategic planning in central Albania.
It will focus on the development of housing, infrastructure and services around the capital, Tirana.
Large-scale migration is expected from villages into the urban centres, a trend that has grown since the fall of communism 15 years ago.
The 18-month project will be carried out with international development consultant Landell Mills and Albanian firms.
The work will be paid for by *957,000 (£659,000) from the European commission's EuropeAid scheme.
Marie Zanders, international development consultant, said: "It's a great chance to help the Albanians avoid the pitfalls of unrestrained growth that have been seen in many developing countries over the years."