Moscow AAVS Moscow’16 exhibition at the Zodchestvo architectural festival in Moscow, October 2016.


In-transition lab: Structure as an Urban Catalyst

Monday 17 – Friday 28 July 2017

Moscow has gone to great lengths to find its new identity and it is hard to underestimate its recent urban transformations. Contrary to the 1990s, when the government focused mainly on the building construction, these days the city focused its attention to the voids between the buildings. The large reconstruction of Moscow streets and squares, updated transport infrastructure, appearance of new public space typologies – these interdisciplinary projects are currently under the process of realization, guided by the international architects, urban planners and professionals of the neighboring fields. Citizens can trace the spatial shifts of the city – some activity points start to fade out, while new nodes of urbanity start to appear and the city tends to gravitate towards them.
In 2016 AAVS Moscow was exploring and testing possible scenarios of an area development at an urban scale. The upcoming AAVS Moscow 2017 will zoom in to an architectural scale of a specific structure that could become an engine for the neighbourhood transformation from within. A team of professionals from the AA and HSE Graduate School of Urbanism, Moscow will collaborate with the workshop participants in order to design and test a pavilion-like structure engaging various methods of design – from hand sketching and physical modeling to the most innovative computational instruments and prototyping – and to analyse how it can impact urban development of Shabolovka. Team-based work will be complemented by private tutorials and lectures from the invited professionals.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed
The workshop will be structured in order to acquaint the participants with experimental practices in the field of architectural and object design and constructions, as well as a new approach to speculative urban storytelling via visual mapping and motion design. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the main goal of this workshop is to come up with a specific product, which will be able to make a change at a neighbourhood scale and become an urban attractor, transformer and intensifier, leading to the new urbanity of Shabolovka.
Studio and site work will be complemented by digital software seminars (Rhinoceros + Grasshopper, Adobe Creative Suite), open lectures of tutors and invited experts. While exploring different methods of design - from hand and digital drawing to media design, 3d video-mapping and parametric sequencing, students will produce a detailed project of the pavilion/installation. One group will focus on its architectural appearance, constructions and prototyping, while second group will develop a speculative story of Shabolovka in a form of a video that will together with the structure shape the final product and help reflect on Shabolovka’s potential for urban transformation.
At the end of the workshop an open presentation and follow-up discussion of the projects will be carried out, as well as the planned organization of the exhibition and the publication of the sketchbook.


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, email for instructions to pay by bank transfer.
2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.
The deadline for applications is: 15 July 2017
All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.

HSE Graduate School of Urbanism, Shukhov Lab
20 Myasnitskaya street, 101000 Moscow, Russia
Tel: +7 903 233 80 64


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

Early Bird discounted fee of £460 per participant is available for first three applicants (including a £60 Visiting membership fee).
A discounted fee of £460 (including a £60 Visiting membership fee) will be available for 2 returning students from the AAVS Moscow 2016.

To apply for the Early bird concession please email: 

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

The workshop is open to current architecture, urban and media design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later), Autodesk Autocad

Programme Head
Alexandra Chechetkina recieved her Diploma with Distinction at the Moscow Architectural Institute and obtained Master of Architecture degree at the AA School of Architecture in London.
Worked as an architect in Meganom (Moscow), as an urban designer in TSPA (Berlin), as the lead architect in Strelka Architects (Moscow) and currently is a project leader and researcher in Strelka KB (Moscow). AAVS tutor in Penang (Malaysia) and in Moscow

Programme Tutors
Ivo Barros is an Architect and Urban Designer with an educational background from three different schools – the School of Porto in Portugal, the Bergen Architect School of Norway and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.
Prior to joining Arup in London, Ivo has worked on a wide range of projects such as the olympic games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro and mixed use masterplans in the UK, Middle East and Asia.

Leonid Slonimsky studied in Moscow Architectural Institute (MAarch) and Columbia University GSAPP (MS AAD).He worked as an architect in Asse Architects, (Moscow); OMA*AMO, (New York) and Herzog & de Meuron, (Basel). He is also Adjunct Proffesor at INDA (International Program in Architecture at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok) Founding partner of KOSMOS Architects.

Rodion Eremeev is a Master of Architecture and project manager at the the Shukhov Lab and HSE Graduate School of Urbanism.

Ivan Mitrofanov is a Digital fabrication master at the Shukhov Lab.


Sponsors and Partners
HSE Graduate School of Urbanism ( is an independent learning and research division of the Higher School of Economics. Its mission is to create a Russian centre for learning and research in urban studies and urban planning. It is envisioned that this centre will respond to the needs of the 21st century city and the corresponding era of megacities that are home to tens of millions of people with diverse interests and aspirations. Shukhov Lab is a research unit and educational space of HSE Graduate School of Urbanism. Its activities aim to foster innovation in urban planning and development that take into account the new economic trends and city practices related to the advanced use of information technology (

ARUP UK - An independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services for 70 years already (

The Avantgarde Center ( - is situated in the heart of constructivists neighborhood near legendary Shukhov radio-tower. It was established to discover, to study, to popularize soviet avantgarde heritage, to support preservation of the 1920-1930s architectural monuments and to become a core public center for local cultural cluster.

The Union of Architects of Russia ( - the all-Russian non-governmental organization ‘Union of Architects of Russia’ is a creative public association of professionals in architecture, urban planning, cultural heritage protection and architectural studies.


Programme Head
Alexandra Chechetkina


Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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