Tuesday 10.09.19, 17:00
Day 2. Imagining the Future, Building on the Present (Conferences)

How can you design cultural spaces and not become an architectural snob? Who controls the experiences of theme parks visitors? Can an architecture school graduate have a stress-free job with no overtime? 










Russian / english with simultaneous translation into Russian

The Future Architect Conference presents a series of lectures on trends and challenges facing young architects today.

17:00–17:50. Imagineering: the Magic of Architecture or the Architecture of Magic

The Walt Disney Company’s theme parks are some of the most unique examples of storytelling through architecture and urban design. Disney’s “Imagineers” tell stories through the integration of cutting-edge technology and design and orchestrate and curate every aspect of the built environment – bringing to life narratives that guests see, feel, hear, smell, and even taste. Our built environment – its layout, circulation, composition, and construction is the manifestation of the stories of its creation and context.

Join Lam Le-Nguyen, Walt Disney Imagineering architect, for an engaging discussion about how amusement parks have become the epitome of storytelling through the built environment, why even tiny details matter, and what helps in managing the attention of guests.

Lam Le-Nguyen is a concept architect at Walt Disney Imagineering and a 2012 graduate of Strelka Institute (Reinier de Graaf's Megacity Studio). Walt Disney Imagineering employees design and create Theme Parks, Hotels, and Сruise Ships around the world. Previously, Lam worked for Grimshaw, Foster + Partners, OMA, and BIG.

The lecture is supported by the Australian Embassy in Moscow.

17:50–18:50. What Kind of Future Architect Are You?

Four young architects will talk about career strategies that are bound to surprise you.

Tatyana Knoroz will explain how to get an architecture degree in Milan, secure a job at a large architectural firm in Japan, and work without stress or overtime.

Katya Bryskina will tell the audience how to find the point of intersection of biology, architecture, and modern technologies.

Nicolay Boyadjiev will explain how he transitioned from the design of large-scale institutional architectural projects, to the design of experimental education processes, and the connection between both.

Daria Nasonova will share how to marry love for architecture and video games.


Tatyana Knoroz is an architect and researcher of Japanese architecture theory and history.

Katya Bryskina is an architect, artist, researcher, graduate of The New Normal educational programme, and founder of Lium Labs and IM-A Studio (Intelligent Morphology in Architecture).

Nicolay Boyadjiev is an architect, design strategist, and the former Design and Education tutor of The New Normal programme at Strelka Institute. He has lectured at many academic institutions including the HSE in Moscow, McGill SoA in Montreal, KADK in Copenhagen and IAAC in Barcelona, as well as within the internationally based Digital Earth fellowship for research and experimentation.

Daria Nasonova is an architect, indie games developer, author of a blog about the nexus between architecture, urbanism and video games. She is a graduate of the Moscow Institute of Architecture and an intern of Columbia University in New York.

19:00–19:40. Participatory architecture catalyzing positive change

CatalyticAction is a charity that works to empower communities through strategic and innovative spatial interventions. As a group of young architects, Joana Dabaj and Riccardo Luca Conti founded the charity in 2014 because they believe that small changes can result in a big impact. CatalyticAction seeks to challenge the passive provision of aid by moving towards a more just and inclusive approach to development, where individuals become active agents. Joana and Riccardo adopt a participatory approach during all the phases of a project, therefore focusing on the process as much as on the quality of the final product. In 2017, CatalyticAction converted dilapidated houses into a learning space as part of the project Pavilion Re-claimed: Adaptive Reuse for Refugee Education that later received an award from LafargeHolcim Awards, an international competition for sustainable construction.

In their lecture, Joana and Ricardo will talk about the work of the studio, sources of funding, and things to remember when designing urban environments in humanitarian projects.

The lecture is supported by LafargeHolсim.

19:40–20:20. Strelka & ArchDaily Award. Presentation of Projects and Award Ceremony

In June, ArchDaily, Strelka KB, and Strelka Institute announced the launch of a joint award for young architects changing cities right now. The open call invited over 100 applications from Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Lithuania, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and Estonia.

The voting results will be announced on August 19. Three finalists will be invited to present their projects at the Future Architect Conference. After the presentations, David Basulto, co-founder of ArchDaily, Varvara Melnikova, director general of Strelka Institute, and Denis Leontiev, founder of Strelka KB, will announce the winner, who will be given the chance to feature in a documentary about the project.

20:30–21:30. Architecture Between Why and Why Not

While hate crime news overwhelms mass media, architecture remains an essential tool for uniting people regardless of their views or social status. This is what Kulapat Yantrasast, founder of wHY studio, strongly believes. His portfolio consists of over 50 projects, including the renovation of museums, galleries, and other art spaces across the globe.

Why should museum visitors feel ownership? Can design be used to reduce social tension? Using his own projects as examples, Kulapat will explain how to become a sought-after professional in the world of cultural architecture and not become a snob.

Kulapat Yantrasast is a Thai architect and co-founder and creative director of wHY studio. His major focus is cultural spaces design. In 2009, he became the first architect to receive the Silpathorn Award from the Thai government for his contribution to the country's contemporary culture. In 2012, Kulapat was included in the list of the 100 most influential people in the artworld, according to Art+Auction.

The event is part of the Future Architect Conference organized in strategic partnership with DOM.RF and with the support of the Ministry of Construction.