Moscow Moscow's River is Silent Today. Photo @gerserge.


Moscow's River

Monday 1 – Friday 12 July 2019

The ‘Moscow’s River’ Visiting School will investigate opportunities for developing the Moskva River and its bankside, to help improve the areas of Moscow it passes through.  Supported by governmental institutions and local developers, we will design responses to specific challenges and present these to industry professionals and decision-makers. The Moskva River is a profound resource, which has the potential to become a thriving artery. However, its embankments are somewhat desolate and offer continuous opportunities for development without an obvious focal point. To help address this challenge, students will investigate the relationship between the spatial layout of the river and a range of social and cultural phenomena. They will also use innovative techniques of urban analysis to study the river as a city-scale piece of infrastructure in order to create local interventions that could become drivers for change. The AA Moscow Visiting School will be followed up with printed publications and exhibitions in local galleries and architectural festivals, which will help enhance the ongoing discussion between citizens, local businesses and the architectural community. 

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

Computing Skills:
Data collection & urban scale research tools (Rhinoceros + GS plugins, GIS)
Graphic and product design (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Figma)
Power presentation skills (Adobe Indesign)

Portfolio Courses:
– sketching
– hand and digital drawing
– digital post-production
– writing and book making
– conceptual model making
– public presentations, debates and discussions


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. Please, attach your portfolio with no more than 15 pages.

The deadline for applications is: 31 May 2019.

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.


Derbenevskaya emb, bld 7,
Sector 9, Floor 3, Moscow, Russia, 115114


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

Early birds concessions are available, please contact for a code.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. 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 and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later).


Alexandra Chechetkina received her Masters of Architecture at the AA school of Architecture and the lead researcher and architect in Strelka KB (Moscow), where she was the chief architect of the reconstruction of Garden ring in Moscow (now completed). At the moment Alexandra leads the research for the new guidelines for urban development of Russia and consults one of the largest international architectural competitions for the new standards of mass housing in Russia. Alexandra is also a tutor at Architects.rf – a programme for practicing architects and public officials responsible for urban planning, improvement and development in Russia.


Apex Project Bureau


Programme Head
Alexandra Chechetkina

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

Links & Downloads


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Visiting School Prospectus


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