SVESMI is a Dutch-Russian office for architecture, urbanism, and cultural programming.
SVESMI was founded in 2007 by Alexander Sverdlov and Anastassia Smirnova in Rotterdam, with the sole purpose of producing intelligent, integrated, and transformative designs.

Alexander Sverdlov
CEO/Senior Architect, Founding Partner
Alexander Sverdlov is a Rotterdam and Moscow based architect with 18 years of professional experience. After graduating from Moscow Architectural Institute, Alexander worked at the State Architectural Design Institute (MNIIP) as a project architect.

In 2000, he has moved to The Netherlands where he studied at the Berlage Institute (Rotterdam). Following the invitation of his Berlage professor Willem-Jan Neutelings, Alexander joined Neutelings-Riedijk architecten (Rotterdam) immediately after graduation to work as an architect and a project architect for architectural and masterplanning competitions. His work has been featured in major Neutelings- Riedijk exhibitions and publications.

In 2003, he joined OMA/AMO (Rotterdam) to lead the Hermitage Museum extension. Later on, he continued his career at WEST 8 (Rotterdam) as a project architect for several award winning international projects, including the famous Park Lineal in Madrid (the 1st prize).

Alexander co-founded SVESMI Holding BV in 2007, while working as a project architect at de Architekten Cie (Amsterdam). In the same year, he was invited by an architect Winy Maas (MVRDV) to join the team of tutors at the Why Factory, the research institute for the future city, at the Delft Technical University. Up until today he teaches and lectures internationally. At SVESMI, Alexander leads architectural projects and defines the design agenda of the office.
Anastassia Smirnova
Designer/Researcher, Founding Partner
Anastassia Smirnova is a Rotterdam and Moscow based designer and researcher. Scenographer by education Anastassia has been part of many multidisciplinary projects and her competencies range from design and writing to educational and cultural programming.

In 2000-2007, she has been working as a freelance author for professional and popular press and published a guide book for Amsterdam of which almost 200 000 copies were sold. Later on, by invitation of an architect Rem Koolhaas, she joined AMO, a think-tank within the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, to conduct the research for the Hermitage Museum Masterplan.

After co-founding SVESMI, Anastassia also became part of the educational team at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, where she started teaching alongside Rem Koolhaas, Yuri Grigoryan (Meganom) and David Erixon (Hyper Island). With the latter she has been directing Institute's education program in 2013-2015.

Recently, she has also curated and has come to be an academic director of an international MA program Advanced Urban Design - a joint initiative of the Graduate School of Urbanism (HSE) and the Strelka Institute.

At SVESMI Anastassia leads preservation projects and is responsible for various educational and cultural activities of the office.
Mission
SVESMI is a Dutch-Russian office for architecture, urbanism, and cultural programming. Office was founded in 2007 by Alexander Sverdlov (Architect) and Anastassia Smirnova (Designer/Researcher) in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), with the sole purpose of producing intelligent, integrated, and transformative designs. Our office deals with very diverse set of briefs, ranging from building design and urban planning, to research projects and curatorial programmes. After a series of projects in Russia, SVESMI established branch office in Moscow by the end of 2012.

All our projects - whether a scheme for the reinvention of the municipal library system or an educational program for an experimental school, a social housing project in the city center or a public building in a small town - are based on a holistic, multidisciplinary thinking and a systematic approach. We love systems and always work with complex connections, relationships, and networks.

In its everyday practice SVESMI deals with a very diverse set of briefs, ranging from building design and urban planning to research projects and curatorial programs. Our collective approaches every job as a unique challenge and an opportunity to develop the most dynamic and original concepts that are not only effective today, but will evolve and improve themselves over time.

We also specialise in rethinking of the existing fabric of cities, exploring the possibilities of reuse and reprogramming of historically valuable structures along with those that are considered less significant and culturally relevant. Obsolete offices, retail, and apartment buildings we turn into spaces that attract attention: they become the new and unique hubs of urban activity.

We have a wide network of diverse experts both in Russia and in the Netherlands and can quickly assemble a highly customised international team with a considerable knowledge and expertise of the local contexts in two countries. We also pay special attention to the professional exchange between Dutch and Russian professional scenes, organising events, workshops, and educational programs to support a free flow of ideas and projects in every direction.

Our team team works for municipalities, private entities, cultural and educational institutions helping to formulate tasks effectively and put together project briefs in close collaboration with a client.

SVESMI also acts as an architectural start-up: it initiates experimental projects and finds investors to support them at the later stages of the development.
Partners
Alexander Sverdlov RU, Anastassia Smirnova RU
Design team
Joris Sipkes NL, Sophie Panzer DE, Francesco Vedovato IT, Gonzalo Rivaz UY, Victor Villa Garcia ES, Francesco Visco IT, Orcun Koken TR, Maria Lisogorskaya RU, Magnus Svensson SE, Mick van Gemert NL, Durk Landman NL, Rick de Ruiter NL, Henry Ng US, Dace Gurezka LV, Dace Aumele LV, Nijla El Zijn LB, Melina Mezari GR, Juilia Melloni IT, Ania Molenda PL, Evelina Ozola LV, Rajiv Sewtehal NL, Yushang Zhang CH, Edward Lepp DE, Timur Karimullin RU, Pablo Roquero UY, Hans Larsson SE, Lina Intaite LT, Alvaro Novac ES, Giovanni Bellotti IT, Mihaela Rodesku RO, Leo Stuckardt DE, Byungchan Kim KR, Maria Kataryan RU, Pavel Rueda RU, Inna Tsoraeva RU, Ahinitse Errasti ES, Konstantin Bogoslavsky RU, Danir Safiullin RU, Olga Oreshkina RU
Collaborators
Marc Ryan (Public Work) CA, Marieke Kums (MAKS) NL, IND NL, Nikita Tokarev/Arseniy Leonovich (Panacom) RU, Kees Christiaanse (KCAP) NL, Bart Goldhorn (ASNOVA), International New Town Institute NL, Crimson Architectural Historians NL, Andreas Huhn/Olga Aleksakova (Buromoscow) DE/NL, de Architekten Cie NL, Yuriy Grigorian (MEGANOM) RU, Peter Mensinga (ARUP Amsterdam) NL, Stephenson Bell Architects UK, Dooley Associates UK, Kayoko Ota JP, Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design RU, David Koezen (DALAB) NL, Boris Kupriyanov (Falanster) RU
Exhibitions
2013 Место встречи, или Фантастическая библиотека. В рамках программы Россия-Голландия Библиотека Достоевского
2013 Полевая читальня Фестиваль «Архстояние 2013»
2012 Eurohigh Venice International Biennale
2010 Microrayon Tomorrow Международная выставка архитектурыи дизайна АРХ Москва
2009 Footsteps of Urbanization Hong Kong Architecture Biennale, 2009
2009 Collective City 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam
2007 Chastity Belt, Moscow Prefabricated Rotterdam Architecture Biennale
Publications
2015 Archdaily The Best Articles of 2014: Reimagining 448 Local Libraries in Moscow, One Space at a Time.
2015 The city scale narrative
2014 Афиша Презентация концепции шести московских культурных центров
2014 AD Magazine Реконструкция библиотек в Москве
2014 Проект Россия Реорганизация московских библиотек
2014 Harvard Design Magazine #37 Dark matter, ditch urbanism revisited
2013 Aфиша Новые библиотеки Как изменилась Библиотека имени Достоевского на Чистопрудном бульваре
2013 Афиша Новые библиотеки Библиотека «Проспект» на Ленинском открылась после реконструкции
2013 The Village Как изменятся московские библиотеки: 5 пилотных проектов
2012 Strelka Press Перевод книги Рема Колхаса «Нью-йорк вне себя»
2012 Афиша Путеводитель по Амстердаму
2011 Monu #14 Naked Lunch, A Stark Honest Discussion on Renewal
2010 Nederland wordt anders Onderzoeklab 4, Rivierenwijk, Heerhugowaard
2010 Volume #22 Realness: On Russian Guides and World Cities
2010 Volume #21 The Block
2010 AA L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui #378
2009 0047 publications NORTHERN EXPERIMENTS The Barents Urban Survey 2009
2009 Sun Architecture Collective city
2009 NAi Publishers Visionary cities
2007 Taschen The State of the Hermitage, content by Rem Koolhaas and OMA/AMO
2007 NAi Uitgevers Moscow Prefabricated article
2007 Project International Crème de la crème
2007 Hatje Cantz Publishers Shrinking cities: Volume 1, Five Points for the City of Yuzha
SVESMI, NL
Delftsestraat 19C 3013 AD Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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