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.

Project Leader: Edouard Moreau

Urban Designer, now working as a consultant on urban development projects and city strategies, Edouard was a lead designer for global multi-disciplinary design firms for over 8 years. Specialising in project visioning, developing strategies and concept design, his work covered international projects in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including the development strategy for Lagos, Nigeria. Edouard co-founded in 2009 the Technopolitan Studio, a London-based think tank on the impacts of new technologies on urban environment and led research program,es on contemporary cities. He is now consultant for Strelka’s consultancy branch on various projects and initiatives in Russia.


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.


Studio co-director: Ronald Wall

Ronald Wall holds a Ph.D. in Economic Geography from Erasmus University Rotterdam. During the period of 1991 to 2001 he worked for urban planning offices like OMA, MVRDV, West 8 and the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM); working on planning in China, Ghana, South Africa, South Korea and various European countries. Between 2001 and 2009 Ronald has been professor in urban planning at the Berlage Institute and taught at the Rotterdam and Amsterdam Academies of Architecture and Urban Planning. In 2010 Ronald completed contract research for Volume/AMO and the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, concerning Middle Eastern cities and their economic networks with other cities around the world. In 2010 he completed a study for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Province of Southern Holland on the role of Dutch cities within global corporate networks.

Studio co-director: Vasily Auzan

Auzan holds a Ph.D. in economics and received an MBA from the INSEAD business school in France. As a strategic consultant at Booz & Company, Auzan worked on a range of projects, including urban construction. At Strelka, he served as a researcher and consultant and led the “Greater Moscow” project, which examined the connection between economic development and the urban environment. Auzan has worked in media, creating photo essays for several large Russian magazines. He studied 20th century Russian poetry in university.