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Public talk with Yuri Grigoryan and Floris Alkemade. Architectural policy and cultural heritage: The Dutch experience

Lecture Cycle: Rethinking Heritage. The Netherlands Experience
10 December 2018


The lecture cycle Rethinking Heritage. The Netherlands Experience will conclude with a discussion featuring The Netherlands Government Architect, Floris Alkemade, and founder of the MEGANOM architectural bureau, Yuri Grigoryan—dedicated to urban development and preservation of cultural heritage, as well as the role of the main state architect today.

The speakers will discuss the architectural community and the state’s potential to impact the development of urban environment, and the instruments at their disposal. They will analyze some positive and negative examples of urban environment management by the state; the interaction between the state and private businesses; and the role urban communities play in the realization of projects devoted to the preservation of cultural heritage.

The audience will learn what it means to be the main Government Architect of the The Netherlands, what duties he fulfils and whose interests he represents. They will also have the chance to compare the Russian and Dutch experience in the field of cultural preservation and discuss how foreign experience can be integrated into the Russian context.


Floris Alkemade (1961) is an architect and urban designer. After completing his studies with Rem Koolhaas at Delft University of Technology (NL) he worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) for 18 years, the last eight years as a partner. Working on projects in the Netherlands and abroad Floris Alkemade has been heading FAA (Floris Alkemade Architect) since 2008. His work with FAA includes large-scale architectural projects in France, such as the transformation and new construction of the 600-m-long Macdonald bonded warehouse in Paris. As guest professor Alkemade was associated with Ghent University for nine years and he has been lecturing at the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam since 2014.
On 1 September 2015, Floris Alkemade was appointed the Netherlands Government Architect and as such he is chairman of the Board of Government Advisors. The Government Architect advises the Minister of the Interior and the Director-General of the Central Government Real Estate Agency. He monitors and promotes the architectural and urban planning quality of government projects, including the disposal and redevelopment of central government real estate.

Yuri Grigoryan is an architect. In 1991, he graduated from the Moscow Architectural Institute, where he teaches Project Development at the moment. In 1998, in partnership with Ilya Kuleshov, Alexandra Pavlova and Pavel Ivanchikov, he founded the MEGANOM architectural bureau. In 2011–2014 he was Director of Education at the Strelka Institute of Media and Design, Moscow. Along with coordinating the work at MEGANOM, Grigoryan is a regular speaker and lecturer at a number of Moscow institutions, actively involved in the evolvement of architectural thought and practice in this country.



Free admission with advance registration.

The lecture will be held in English with interpreting into Russian.


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