“Open architectural competitions for significant projects in the capital will continue despite international sanctions”, said Andrey Bochkarev, Deputy Mayor of Moscow on Urban Planning and Construction.

The Mosinzhproekt Group of Companies is the participant of the Moscow key urban planning programmes.

“Moscow is certainly one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in the world. The uniqueness of the Russian capital is largely attributed to its outstanding and memorable architecture. In recent years alone, several world-class masterpieces have appeared in our city”, said Andrey Bochkarev.

The head of the Moscow Complex of Urban Planning Policy and Construction recalled that the multimedia exhibition concluded the Open City Festival of Architecture Education and Careers, which included a competition for the best student works from the 2022 graduating class.

“Architecture students must necessarily gain experience in an open, competitive environment that enables them to choose the most appropriate solutions, both from aesthetic and technical points of view. We will be happy to see the works of the Open City competitors during the competitions of the experienced masters”, said Andrey Bochkarev.

Yuri Kravtsov, General Director of Mosinzhproekt JSC, noted that the practice of open architectural competitions was used by the engineering holding, including for the design of metro stations. In particular, there have been six international competitions for the design of metro stations.

“Professional competitions enable you to spot the most modern and unusual ideas. Thanks to the wide selection of concepts being proposed, new iconic objects are emerging that improve the look of the city. Furthermore, by taking part in industry specific competitions, specialists not only demonstrate their mastered competencies, but also share their unique experience with their colleagues”, says Yuri Kravtsov.

Mikhail Nadot, Deputy General Director for Engineering at Mosinzhproekt JSC, added that the first competitions for the best design of the Moscow Metro stations were held back in the 1930s.

“Already in modern history, the message to renew this tradition has come from Sergei Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow. The results of the already implemented competition projects have surpassed all expectations: the architecture of the new stations is always admired by both professionals and ordinary passengers of the Moscow Metro. It is the competitions that provide an opportunity to explore the latest trends in architecture and their original author’s concept. It is interesting to see how traditions interact with current trends, and the way new ideas are interpreted and integrated into contemporary projects”, said Mikhail Nadot.

Mosinzhproekt Group is the official partner of the exhibition as part of the Open City Festival of Architectural Education and Careers, which is initiated by the Moscow Committee for Architecture and Urban Development (Moskomarkhitektura). The business programme of the exhibition included a presentation of the study ‘The New Generation of Architectural Bureaus in Moscow’, a competition for the best graduation theses from the year 2022, the “Your Own Bureau” marathon and educational seminars.