Anastassia Smirnova

Strelka Institute

Author and Researcher
Anastassia Smirnova is a Rotterdam based author and researcher. After graduating with a degree in stage design from the prestigious Moscow Art Theater School, Anastassia Smirnova worked as a designer, playwright, and a freelance author for professional and popular press.

Over the course of the past six years Anastassia Smirnova has been collaborating with Rem Koolhaas and OMA/AMO as a free-lance author and consultant. She joined AMO in 2007-2008 to work on the Hermitage Masterplan project as an editor and researcher.

In 2007, in association with an architect Alexander Sverdlov she established SVESMI, the first Dutch-Russian office for architecture, urbanism, consultancy and multidisciplinary research. Her current work at SVESMI deals with problems of urban renewal, community design and preservation as a part of a bigger social and cultural context.

After 2010 she has been working for Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow. After supervising the Preservation studio - directed by the architect Rem Koolhaas in the academic year 2010-2011 - she taught at Strelka alongside the Swedish marketing specialist David Erixon, while curating the Studio Generale programme which has been successful in bringing together renowned researchers and thinkers from Russia and the rest of the world. In 2012, she was appointed the Programming director of education (with David Erixon) and continued her work as a director of one of the studios.

Anastassia Smirnova publishes and lectures internationally. Her projects, writings and translations have been featured in various publications such as Content, Znamia, Hunch, Inostrannaya Literatura, Project International, Strelka Press and Volume among others.

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