July 17   Shchusev   15:20 - 16:35   |   Enviroment, Creativity

Window to Europe. Did Moscow Manage to Find a Common Ground with Foreign Architects?

One of most prominent novelties in Moscow's architectural and urban development practices lately has been the engaged participation of international studios in the city’s signature projects. Moscow now has landmarks designed by such leading international bureaus as OMA, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Zaha Hadid, and Herzog & de Meuron. International architectural competitions unlocked new opportunities for Russian architects while setting ambitious standards through open competition. 

  • What do leading architects around the world think about the achieved results and the prospect of working with Moscow? 
  • How established is the practice of architectural competitions? Has this become the new standard procedure? 
  • Has the quality of Moscow’s new architecture improved as a result? 


Giovanna Carnevali
Director, Architecture Competition Department, Strelka KB


Yuri Grigoryan
Head, Project Meganom
Winy Maas
Co-Founding Partner, Principal Architect and Urbanist, MVRDV
Sergey Kuznetsov
Chief Architect of Moscow
Rem Koolhaas
Founder of ОМА — Office for Metropolitan Architecture
Charles Renfro
Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R)
Sergei Tchoban
Partner, SPEECH
Francine Houben
Founding Partner and Creative Director, Mecanoo architecten