What is the Strelka Institute?

Strelka is a non-governmental institute with an experimental approach, offering a multidisciplinary academic programme. Student research at Strelka is always focused on the City, but the research tools used can be adopted from various disciplines, including sociology, economics, architecture, political and cultural studies. Education at Strelka is free of charge and all students receive a monthly scholarship to focus on their studies.

Architects and researchers from AMO, McKinsey, MIT, Hyper Island, The Why Factory, the ‘Meganom’ Bureau, Alexander Brodsky, Arch Daily and many others have taught, given lectures and consulted with students at Strelka.

Since 2012, Strelka has been listed among DOMUS magazine’s top-100 best European Architecture and Design schools. Strelka has also been rated as one of the best spaces for learning by World Architects on-line magazine.

How is the
academic programme
structured?

The academic year lasts 9 months (from 1st October – 30th June). It is comprised of two semesters — the Autumn (October–December) and Spring (January–July) terms. All students receive full funding in the amount of 39 200 rub (980 euros) monthly.

The first three months of the programme (Autumn term) will be taken by Studio Generale — an introductory course consisting of lectures, seminars and discussions, involving key international and local experts and practitioners in the field of urban development. Students gain essential research skills and knowledge in the course of a series of intensive workshops and training events, which they are then able to test in the last two weeks of the Autumn term, when working on their first individual projects.

At the end of the Autumn term, the students are divided into several studio groups so that they can start working on their main individual research projects in January. The research is finished by mid-May and the students then enter the final stage of the academic year — preparing to present their research projects for a joint public exhibition, curated by an international expert.

After Strelka

Strelka aspires to create a better future that largely depends on the development of human capital. Strelka graduates go on to collaborate with city administrations and are employed in various government departments and agencies, such as the Russian Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Transport; they head architectural competitions and work for Russian and international architectural firms (AMO, Herzog&De Meuron, Bureau ‘Meganom’, Wowhaus, Alexander Brodsky); they are also to be found contributing to key online and offline media as authors and experts as well as writing books.

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