Partners of the ‘New Generation’: Moscow Architectural Institute

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The Moscow Architectural Institute is well known to those graduates of the New Generation program who took part in the First Student Architectural Forum (SAF) in Nizhny Novgorod last year.

MAI was founded back in 1933, but even then it didn’t arise from nothing. The Institute continued the tradition of the first specialized architectural school, created back in 1749 by Prince D. Ukhtomsky. Now the institute annually graduates hundreds of highly qualified specialists for architectural schools from Russia and other countries.
Among the well-known graduates of the educational institution, such personalities as Alexander Brodsky, Alexander Kuzmin, George Danelia, Petr Nalich and many others.
It was MAI which organized the First Student Architectural Forum (SAF), which was attended by 19 delegates of the "New Generation" from China, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Lebanon and the CIS countries last year, in October. The event was held in Nizhny Novgorod, which is the center of ancient Russian architecture. During the business part of the program young foreign architects had an opportunity to talk to the leading Russian experts, share their experience, ideas and projects with colleagues, study the peculiarities of architecture of Russian cities.

For foreign delegates, not only the SAF program was of interest, but also the venue itself - the ancient Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod. During the forum the participants unanimously noted the uniqueness and value of local architecture which they were able to get acquainted with during the excursions. The subject of many discussions, projects and workshops was the appearance of the city. The results of the five-day work of the working groups were presented to the experts on the last working day of the forum.

Thus, in accordance with the concept of the leading Russian architectural university SAF managed to unite the active part of the youth architectural community in Russia and other countries, creating a professional platform where students not only generate ideas, but also take part as speakers at round tables and discussions.