Leonid Slonimskiy

Leonid Slonimskiy, born in 1987, is an architect, architectural researcher and academic. He received architectural education in Moscow Architectural Institute and Columbia University GSAPP in New York. For more than 6 years Leonid has been a colaborator of OMA*AMO in New York and Herzog & de Meuron in Basel. Leonid is a founding partner of an award-winning office “KOSMOS Architects”. Among other prizes KOSMOS won “Prix de Genève” - Prize of Geneva in experimental architecture, got nominated to Swiss Art and Design Awards, received “Milano Archmarathon” award, Pro Helvetia prize for Swiss Pavilion for Prague Quadrennial and “Archiwood” Awards for the best public building in wood. Work of KOSMOS has been widely published and exhibited, including Venice Biennale, American Institute of Architects and Swiss Architecture Museum. KOSMOS designs and builds projects of diverse scales and types: from art installations and temporary pavilions to big public buildings such as sport centers, museums and airports, as well as masterplans and big urban parks. Besides practice, Leonid is a professor, leading a design studio in HEAD Genève (Geneva University of art and design), TU Wien (Vienna Technological University) and MARCH (Moscow Architectural School). Leonid has been invited as a workshop leader to Porto Academy, AA Visiting School Moscow, Karlsruhe institute of Architecture, Kotor APSS, Hello Wood Hungary, University of Antwerpen, and previously led a design studio at Bangkok’s Royal Chulalongkorn University, INDA faculty. Leonid has been invited lecturer and critic at various institutions, including: ETH Zurich; Royal College of Arts, London; ETSAM Madrid; Mendrisio Academy of Architecture; Swiss Architecture Museum SAM Basel; Strelka Institute; Lausanne forum of Architecture; CCA Canadian Center of Architecture, Montreal; Moscow Architecture Instititute (MARKHI); Milano Triennale; Venice Biennale and more. Currently Leonid lives in Zurich. Built projects include: Nike Sports Center in Moscow; Airport lounge in Yekaterinburg; Airport lounge in Saratov; EMA Space - a renovation of former industrial territory into an Art Center; Pavilion for the Garage Center in Gorky Park; series of pavilions in Arles; a series of installations in Geneva; exhibition for V-A-C Foundation in MMOMA; exhibition in Swiss Architecture Museum; light pavilion in Moscow; street installation in front of New Museum in New York; different pavilions in Russia, Hungary, Germany, Czech Republic. KOSMOS’ work expands to non-architectural projects as well, often collaborating with artists, photographers, designers, publishers and researchers. Research topics of the office range from the history of Kazimir Malevich grave to architecture of scaffoldings; from regulations of public spaces to relations between architecture and alcohol. Work of KOSMOS was exhibited at Swiss Architecture Museum, Venice Biennale, Sao Paolo Biennale, Garage Museum of Art, Moscow Architecture Biennale, Swiss Art and Design awards 2017 and other institutions. KOSMOS gave lectures in ETH Zürich, Mendrisio Academy, House of Architecture in Lugano, HEAD University Geneve, University of Antwerpen, New York New Museum, Museum of Electronic Art in Basel, Tallinn University; led workshops for AA Visiting School, University of Antwerpen, ‘Hello Wood’, Strelka Institute; taught studios in MARCHI, Moscow and INDA Institute, Bangkok. Currently KOSMOS lead a design studio in ‘HEAD University’ in Geneva. Partners of KOSMOS are originally from Moscow, Russia; they received architectural education in Columbia University GSAPP in New York, Shibaura Institute in Tokyo and Moscow Architectural Institute. For more than 6 years they have been colaborators of OMA*AMO and SOM in New York and Herzog & de Meuron in Basel.

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