Nikita Yavein: Today we have to choose customers, but not objects

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Nikita Igorevich Yavein is the head of the architectural studio "Studio 44"and one of the most famous and highly awarded architects of St. Petersburg. In the interview to Arhi.ru he speaks how bureau keeps during the economic crisis, successfully designing modern buildings and working on heritage objects restoration.


Arhi.ru: Nikita Igorevich, today architectural bureau Studio 44 is one of the most famous in St. Petersburg, as well as in Russia at large. What are the secrets of such success? N. Yavein: I'm very flattered to hear such words, but frankly I myself think our bureau is more known outside St. Petersburg. Here my name is still far more known for my former administration career, even though I left the position of the head of State Control, Employment and Protection of History and Culture Monuments Committee in 2004. I think the main reason is in too active architectural life of St. Petersburg. In contrast to Moscow, we almost have no professional competitions, displays, festivals, biennales. As for the success, I think, everything is simple its a willingness to work a lot and qualitatively, with full creativity enthusiasm and high responsibility whether it concerns the design process or the final result. "Studio 44" really went through a long way of formation from a small family bureau to a powerful project company. Our practice we started from projects for the northern regions of the country, after we worked mainly in St. Petersburg, since 2000's we enter Moscow, Russia-wide, and even international market. During the period our bureau completed over 80projects, 26 out of which were successfully implemented. There are public buildings, business centers, trade centers, banks, hotels, apartment buildings among them.
Text by: Nikita Yavein, Anna Martovitskaya

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