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A guide to ‘Future Architect’ conference at Strelka

, Architecture

Featuring top architecture schools, firms, and design studios from the UK, US, Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, and Russia, the Future Architect conference will take place at Strelka Institute on September 10-12. Learn about some of the renowned speakers coming to Moscow.


Christopher Pierce

With a PhD in Architectural History from the University of Edinburgh, Pierce heads the AA Visiting School, headquartered in London. He has established educational programs in more than 40 countries — from the tropical Amazon forests to Ukraine’s Chernobyl.

There is no division of teachers and students at the AA Visiting School – everyone studies from each other and no one knows beforehand what they will create by the end of the module. Some of the courses are based on physical work, others help master digital skills. At the conference, Pierce will be speaking about how a modern architect should structure their work.

Register for Christopher Pierce’s lecture here.


Matevz Celik

Matevz Celik is a Slovenian architecture critic and urban regeneration expert. Celik co-founded TrajekT – a leading digital magazine on architecture and urban planning in Slovenia – and helped to relaunch the Biennial of Design in Ljubljana (BIO). Celik is on the jury for the European Prize for Urban Public Space and a member of the advisory committee of the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.

On top of that, Celik is the founder of the Future Architecture Platform, the first platform to accumulate ideas from young talent about the future of architecture and urbanism. One of the projects presented at the platform is the Architectural Thinking School for Children cofounded by Strelka alumnus Alexander Novikov.

Register for Matevz Celik’s lecture here.


Alessandro Bosshard

Bosshard leads his own architectural practice based in Zurich. In 2018, he co-authored the Swiss pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. An empty house with white walls and distorted proportions, Svizzera 240 explored the ubiquitous interior design of rental properties. The pavilion was awarded the Golden Lion.

At the conference in Moscow, Bosshard will talk about why the architects of the future will focus more on standard housing than searching for new forms.


Register for Alessandro Bosshard’s lecture here.


Charles Kaisin

Architect and designer Charles Kaisin works at the intersection of architecture, design, fashion, and scenography. Kaisin has organized the Surrealist Dinners — theatrical banquets with elements of immersive art and happenings — for many famous brands and institutions, including the Pompidou Center in Paris and Rolls Royce.

In his work, Kaisin often focuses on recycling. Using plastic bags, he creates clothes and accessories; an empty bottle can become a glass and a washing machine door – a bowl. One of his famous works, the extendable K-bench, utilizes cardboard to shape a structure as long and winding as required by the moment. To make his famous Hairy Chair, Kaisin shredded pounds of magazines to wrap an old wooden seat with fine cut paper.

Panton Chair / photo:

K-bench / photo: Andrés Lejona

Register for Charles Kaisin’s lecture here.


Arpan Bakshi

Trained as an architect, sustainable engineer, computational designer, and environmental analyst, Arpan Bakshi has worked at leading firms including Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Rafael Vinoly Architects in New York, and Werner Sobek in Stuttgart. Bakshi has served as a studio consultant at Harvard Graduate School of Design, PennDesign, and City University of New York.

One of his most recent works is a collaboration with OMA in China — the Essence Financial Building, where he сonsulted on sustainability and environmental design.

Illustrations: OMA

Register for Arpan Bakshi’s lecture here.


Samantha Hardingham

Critic, editor, and curator, Hardingham teaches at one of the most prestigious institutes in the world, AA School, and is a member of several managing committees of the school.

Her latest work, “Cedric Price Works 1952-2003: A Forward-minded Retrospective,” is dedicated to the work of British architect Cedric Price. The anthology gives a retrospective view of all of Price’s projects over the course of just over 50 years has been acknowledged by several literary awards.

On top of that, if you are planning a trip to the UK, her book “London: A Guide to Recent Architecture” may come in handy.

Register for Samantha Hardingham’s lecture here.


Je Ahn

Trying to design emotions, the London-based Studio Weave, founded by architect Je Ahn, works on a wide spectrum of tasks - from placemaking to masterplanning. Je Ahn will explain how to build an environment that makes people feel happy.

One of the projects by Studio Weave is the fairytale-like Belvue School, a secondary school for children with learning difficulties. Prior to designing it, the firm organized several seminars to find out how children felt about a nearby forest, whether they found it frightening or not.

Je Ahn is a RIBA Chartered Architect and a visiting critic at a number of universities in the UK and around the world. He is also the director of Project00, an interdisciplinary studio practicing design beyond its traditional borders.

Studio Wave / photo:

Register for Je Ahn’s lecture here.


Geoff Boeing

Geoff Boeing is an urban researcher and professor at Northeastern University. His research revolves around spatial city planning using state-of-the-art data analysis methods. Especially famous is Boeing’s project to visualize street networks in various cities around the globe by using polar histograms (also known as rose diagrams).

The software code has also been uploaded to GitHub and is freely accessible.

Register for Geoff Boeing’s lecture here.


Benjamin Bratton

Benjamin Bratton is a professor of Visual Arts and director of the Center for Design at the University of California, San Diego and the program director of Strelka Institute’s The New Normal postgraduate program. As one of the most important global design theorists, he brings an extraordinarily interdisciplinary scope to our research. He has recently published two books on design theory, strategy, and fiction. In the book “In The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty,” (MIT Press, 2016) Bratton outlines a new theory for the age of global computation and algorithmic governance. His current research project, “Theory and Design in the Age of Machine Intelligence,” is on the unexpected and uncomfortable design challenges posed by artificial intelligence in various guises: from machine vision to synthetic cognition and sensation, and the macroeconomics of robotics in everyday geodesign.

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