Chief Architect

Сергей Кузнецов

The Chief Architect of Moscow is responsible for the functions of the Committee on the implementation of state policy in the sphere of supporting the development of Moscow in terms of urban planning, including land use planning, urban development zoning, land planning, as well as in the field of architecture and the formation of architectural and artistic image of the city of Moscow, urban-architectural solutions, issuance of the certificate of approval of architectural and urban planning resolution. The Chief Architect of Moscow coordinates the activities of the Committee in the fields of public relations and international cooperation, oversees the preparation of documents and the Committee’s participation in the public hearings.

In 2012, Sergey Kuznetsov was appointed to the post of Chief Architect. Sergey Kuznetsov was born in Moscow in 1977. In 2001, he graduated from the Moscow Institute of Architecture trained as an architect. Still during his studies at the Institute, Sergey Kuznetsov founded his first bureau and since 2000 he was one of the founding partners and the general director of the architectural studio «SLK-Project.» Since 2003 he was partner and general director of this studio. In 2006, the studio joined the association «SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov,» and until 2012 Sergey Kuznetsov was the managing partner.

Of the bureau’s projects, a number of significant designs were realized: Palace of Water Sports in Kazan and the Museum of Architectural Drawings in Berlin. The office building on Leninsky Prospekt in Moscow received the status of «5 stars» in the nomination of «Best office building.» The residential complex «Granatniy, 6» received the status of «Highly Commended» in the category «Apartment buildings.»

In 2010, Sergey Kuznetsov co-authored the project and design of the exhibition «Factory Russia» of the Russian pavilion at the XII Architecture Biennale in Venice. In 2012, at the XIII Architecture Biennale in Venice, he was the co-curator and co-author of the design of the Russian Pavilion’s exhibition «i-city/i-land», which received the prize «special mention» from the Biennale jury. By order of the Mayor of Moscow № 681-RM on 20 August 2012 Sergey Kuznetsov was appointed as the Chief Architect of Moscow, the First Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Architecture and Urban Planning of Moscow.

He is married and has three children.

2016 — curator of the exposition of the Russian Pavilion at the XV Architectural Biennale in Venice V.D.N.H. URBAN PHENOMENON.

2016 — under the curatorship of Sergey Kuznetsov, a special section on architecture «Creative Environment and Urbanism» for the first time was included in the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.

2017 — Curator of the section «Creative Environment and Urbanism» in the framework of the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.

Upon the initiative of Sergey Kuznetsov, more than 50 architectural competitions were organized. Competitions had a different scale: from town-planning projects and buildings in key points of the city to competitions for facades and even individual elements of buildings. Almost always Sergey Kuznetsov is personally a member of the jury or its chairperson.

In 2014, Sergey Kuznetsov initiated and curated his own exhibition project about Moscow at the XIV Venice Architectural Biennale: MOSKVA: Urban Space. In early 2016, Sergey Kuznetsov was elected the curator of the exposition of the Russian Pavilion at the XV Architectural Biennale in Venice V.D.N.H. URBAN PHENOMENON.

In 2016, Kuznetsov became one of the invited experts of the BIA-AR 2016 International Biennale of Architecture in Argentina. The same year, under his supervision, a special section on architecture issues was held under the auspices of the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum: «Creative Environment and Urbanism».

In 2017, he was again invited to the position of curator of the section «Creative Environment and Urbanism» within the framework of the International Cultural Forum in St. Petersburg.

In addition, Kuznetsov is a permanent curator of the exposition of the Committee on Architecture and Urban Planning of Moscow within the framework of the International Festival «Architectonics», the International Exhibition of Architecture and Design «ArkhMoscow».

Every year, educational exhibitions and conferences are held under the leadership of Sergey Kuznetsov: Comfortable City and Open City.

In the summer of 2017, Moscow Multimedia Art Museum hosted an exhibition of watercolors and graphics by Sergey Kuznetsov Personal Contact: Architectural Graphics. This event was timed for the release of the second book of drawings named Chuvstvo Goroda (A Feel of the City). It contains artwork by Sergey Kuznetsov and stories of famous cultural figures who shared their experience from meetings with different cities of the world.

Winner of the 30th International competition of architectural drawing Architecture in Perspective, was awarded a gold medal of the Russian Academy of Arts for the decoration of the opening ceremony of the historical stage of the Moscow theater Helikon-Opera.


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