Moscow The site in front of Danilovsky market where the pavilion will be built by students of the workshop.

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Structure as an Urban Catalyst. Vol II

Saturday 9 – Saturday 23 June 2018

AA Visiting School Moscow was created as an experimental platform for exploring pressing issues related to city development and the potential of urban areas through the prism of speculative projects on different scales.

The first AAVS Moscow workshop team began to study the Shabolovka district on a neighbourhood scale in line with its search for innovative methods of architectural and urban analysis and design. Through speculative urban design projects participants explored the potential of the area and proposed scenarios for its development. The second workshop in the series (2017) zoomed in to an architectural scale, with participants creating a project for a city object that could become a driver for the area’s transformation from within. The third and last workshop in the series (2018) will be dedicated to the design-and-build process that will end up with a built pavilion at the site of Danilovsky market – one of the most vivid and popular places of Shabolovka area and Moscow. The multi-functional pavilion will serve as a landmark of the area and host lectures, movie nights, master classes.

Thus, based on the results of a series of workshops held annually over three years, the AAVS Moscow team will obtain a complete breakdown of data on the Shabolovka district contributing to a clearer understanding of the relationship between the macro- and micro-levels of its urban environment. At the same time, this process is accompanied by the production of specific proposals on improving the area, publication of books and organization of exhibitions with the results of the students work.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Participants will design and build a multi-functional pavilion for summer season that will be located on the central site of Moscow and one of the favourite places of Muscovites;
  • Students will work under the guidance of practicing architects with international experience – from London, New York, Barcelona, Bangkok and Geneva;
  • Participants gain hands-on experience on construction of light architecture;
  • A built object will substantially complement the professional portfolio of students;
  • Participants will join an active learning environment where the large tutor to student ratio allows for personalized tutorials and debates;
  • In the course of the workshop, the students will learn to work in groups while performing fundamentally different tasks;
  • Studio and site work will be complemented by lectures of tutors and invited experts, seminars on the latest digital software (Rhinoceros + Grasshopper, Adobe Creative Suite) and use of the professional equipment provided by one of the partners (3D printers, laser cutters, etc.), as well as application of the acquired skills in practice;
  • Publication of the book with the results of the workshop featuring students work will be planned. The book will be on sale in stores all over the world and online. 


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 6 June 2018.

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.


Week 1: Museum of Avantgarde on Shabolovka

24 build.2, Serpuhovskoy val, 115419 Moscow, Russia

Tel: +7 495 954 30 09

Week 2: Danilovsky market

74, Mytnaya street, 115191 Moscow, Russia

Tel: +7 (495) 120-18-01 


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.

All participants are reponsible for their own insurance including travel and health insurance. All participants also need to ensure that any equipment and valuable items such as laptops are covered by their own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee and all materials needed for the construction of the pavilion.

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


There are Early Bird concessions available for this programme, please contact:  


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals

Programme Head

Alexandra Chechetkina is Master 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.

Programme Tutors

Leonid Slonimsky is Master of Science at the Columbia GSAAP and founding partner of KOSMOS Architects, which is an architectural office that collaborates virtually from different continents and brings together partners who are currently based in Basel, Moscow and New York. Before founding his own office Leonid worked as an architect in OMA*AMO (New York), and Herzog & de Meuron (Basel) and also was an adjunct professor at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.

Blanca Garcia Gardelegui is an architect/urbanist currently working for United Nations in Geneva. She worked for Herzog & de Meuron, developing large scaled projects such as M+ Museum in Hong Kong and Hillerod Hospital in Copenhagen. Then she has moved to Bangkok to teach Architecture in INDA, in the University of Chulalongkorn. Blanca is interested in the collaboration of different disciplines for the better understanding of architecture. She has obtained a grant of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Matadero (Madrid) for a project exploring different collaborative methods of work. She holds an MArch from ETSAB, in the Polytechnical School of Barcelona. 

Rodion Eremeev holds a Master of Architecture in the Institute of Advanced Architecture in Catalonia and a postgraduate degree in Strelka Institute in Moscow. Rodion is the founding partner of architectural bureau ARCHIFELLOWS, which is focused on the user-experience design in the field of architecture. He was the chief architect and the main manager of the new research laboratory Shukhov lab in Moscow. Rodion worked in the areas of algorithmic design, digital production, and robotics. Among other things, Rodion is interested in the reasonable application of technologies in the cities and development of urban entrepreneurship.


The Danilovsky market is the oldest food market in Moscow with its own special history, unique architecture and a favorite recreational space for Muscovites. The market is based on the trade of fresh and diverse products, supplemented by bistro concepts, seasonal fairs and gastronomic festivals.

The Avantgarde Center is situated in the heart of Shabolovaka district – in Khavsko-Shabolovsky housing estate, near the legendary Shukhov Radio Tower. The Center’s mission is to tell and to popularise the cultural and artistic heritage of the 1910-1930s which had influenced the entire 20th century: from design furniture to cinema and from architecture to layout of the books while remembering the social, political, and scientific context that had formed that art.


Programme Head
Alexandra Chechetkina

Programme Tutors
Leonid Slonimsky
Blanca García Gardelegui
Rodion Eremeev

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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

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