Urban Routines: announcing the Directors of research studios 2013/14

23.07.2013, 11:10
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The upcoming academic year at Strelka Institute is dedicated to the research of urban routines. Intense three-month studio work will be focused around four themes: Dwelling, Offices, Cars, and Retail.

Each studio is led by a Director and a Project Leader. Directors set the agenda for collective research and are responsible for its final outcome, while Project Leaders help students with their final projects and organise the research of studios into a publication, a research report on studio work that will be published at the end of the academic year. The results of student’s research projects will also be published in a book called Urban Routines, and an exhibition of these projects is planned for June 2014.


Studio Director: Yuri Grigoryan
Co-director of the research studios Education as a Project (2012/13) and Public Space (2010/11), architect Yuri Grigoryan is the Director of the Education Programme at Strelka Institute. Apart from practicing architectural design, Yuri teaches at MArchI and often takes part in conferences and public discussions on architecture. He is also a co-founder of Project Meganom, an architecture office that is famous for such buildings as Barvikha Concert Hall and Tsvetnoy Central Market. In 2009, Project Meganom won a competition to develop the project of the Perm Contemporary Art Museum.


Studio Director: Anastassia Smirnova
Writer, researcher and programming director of Strelka Institute, Anastassia Smirnova guided the research studios Another Place (2012/13), Citizens as Customers (2011/12) and Preservation (2010/11). Anastassia lives in the Netherlands where, together with Alexander Sverdlov, she founded SVESMI, the first Dutch-Russian office for architecture, urbanism, and multidisciplinary research. Currently, SVESMI is working on the modernisation of libraries in Moscow. Anastassia also translated Rem Koolhaas’s book, Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan into Russian for Strelka Press.

Project Leader: Kuba Snopek
A graduate of Strelka Institute, Kuba Snopek taught in the studios Another Place (2012/13) and Citizens as Customers (2011/12). Before joining Strelka, Kuba studied at Wroclaw University of Technology and the Polytechnic University of Valencia and then worked as an architect and urban planner in Poland, Spain and Denmark. In 2010, while working for BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), he participated in two theoretical urban planning projects for the Venice Biennale. In addition to teaching at Strelka, Kuba currently lectures at MGIMO.


Studio Director: Andreas Klok Pedersen
As a partner of Danish architectural bureau BIG, Andreas was a project leader in many architectural and urban planning projects in Europe, Central and South Asia. In addition to his architectural practice, Andreas runs an architecture studio at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen.

Project Leader: Varvara Melnikova
CEO of Strelka Institute.


Studio Director: Theo Deutinger
Theo is a writer, infographer, and the founder of architectural office TD architects. His work has been widely published  in magazines that include Wired, Domus, and Mark Magazine. His recent projects include a collaborative exhibition design with the Bauhaus in Berlin and a research-design contribution to the Design Biennale in Gwangju (South Korea). Theo has also worked with MVRDV Architects, OMA/AMO, and lectured at the Institute for the Unstable Media, Berlage Institute, and Bauhaus, Dessau.

Project Leader: Sergey Chernov
Sergey Chernov is Deputy Director of Data at the Centre for New Media and Society, New Economic School in Moscow. He also worked at the research center L3S (Leibniz University of Hannover) on the development of innovative information search systems and a European repository of educational materials. His research interests are on information retrieval, social network analysis, online media studies, and big data applications. He has authored several publications on personalised search systems and information management, and has lectured at the Higher School of Economics.

More information on structure and themes of the year.