​Intern of the Month: “That Was Extremely Difficult, and I Am Proud I Made It Through”

Valeria Pestereva, Strelka Institute Graduate, Class of 2016, told us about her experience working at one of the largest and most demanding Chinese studios, learning Chinese and taking “a journey of a thousand li”.

​Izabela Cichońska: We bought a giraffe and a crocodile skull

Strelka graduate’s story of becoming a Dragon castle architect

​Strelka Institute Research Archive: how does it work?

"Research›" is a new rubric that has been recently added to the strelka.com website. All the final projects completed by our students throughout these four years are now in open access. Some of them can be downloaded as PDF files. Video-recordings of the presentations and materials published on ISSUU are also available.

«Greater Moscow» in MONU magazine

An essay of Strelka graduate Anton Ivanov has been published in the latest issue of the urbanism magazine MONU. The author discusses the neighbourly relations of the centre with its periphery, the new urbanism of Moscow, and the difficulties involved in developing larger territories. My essay is dedicated to Moscow and its immediate surroundings – the densely…

Sochi On Foot

Can a stress-measuring device improve our understanding of the urban environment? Can the architecture of small forms activate urban spaces? Strelka graduates speak about their participation in the “Sochi Peshkom” (English: ´Sochi on foot´) project and new approaches to urban research. Taya Osipova, project manager The summer school was the main event…

Strelka at the Tallinn Architectural Bienniale (TAB)

The second Tallinn Architecture Biennale, with the theme “Recycling Socialism”, opened on September 4th. The biennale comprises of an architecture schools exhibition, symposium, vision competition and curators exhibition, which will remain open until the end of the month.A team of Strelka graduates - Lindsay Harkema, Ondrej Janku, Izabela Cichonska and Nathan…


Three former Strelka students – Varvara Degtiarenko, Maria Romakina and Dhanya Pilo took part in “The Scene over Ugra”, a project that was part of the festival’s parallel programme. Varvara Degtiarenko, art historian Some call Archstoyanie an open-air museum. This is interesting, just based on the definition of what art is, and can be. If one looks…

Olga Sarapulova, alumna

Olga talks about Ufa’s first urban planning forum, UrbanBairam, taking place between August 2-4, and why the city needs new methods of urban planning. I participated in the research studio ‘Citizens as Customers’ while a student at Strelka Institute. The research methodology used in this studio allowed us to study all the advantages and shortcomings…

Anna Trapkova, alumni

Alumna Anna Trapkova shares her impressions on Strelka's educational process and talks about a plan to create innovative cultural centers, as well as her work at the Ministry of Culture. — How did you hear about Strelka and why did you choose to matriculate? — It was the institute's inaugural year, and because I knew some of the people who had launched…

Matiss Groskaufmanis, alumni

EDUCATION   For me it was an incredible effort with low returns to get into, at that time, the only architecture school in Riga. Not due to the lack of previous interest in the field, but because the ultimate criteria for admission was students’ drawing skills. With such priority I didn’t feel like it was worth the effort and drawing was…


Last year at Strelka I chose studio SENSEable City, the subject of my thesis was «paracities», I tried to analyse the phenomenon of «parallel cities». The fact is that in Moscow, because of a certain attitude towards foreigners, certain gender and racial discrimination people are determined to create islands for a comfortable existence. That comes from the city’s background of closeness, oppression and conservative morals. Nevertheless,…

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