We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winner for our "SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge #5" competition – Diana Samarina from Russian Federation!

Diana Samarina from Russian Federation

I have graduated from Moscow Architectural Institute in 2021. Since 2020, I’m actively developing in professional field. My work activity began with an internship at the UNK project architectural bureau, where later I got the position of an architect. I was engaged in the development of interiors of public spaces. Now I work in the OLIMP company, that develops complex designs. The company specializes in the design of public and residential buildings.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been involved?

My first significant project was the 62-story Moscow Towers building (Grand Tower), which located Moscow City. The skyscraper consists of two towers united by a stylobate part. This is one of the most modern and energy efficient buildings in Russia. My workshop was engaged in the development of concepts of public spaces for this building.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

I view architecture as a way for people to communicate and as an embodiment of the idea of human society. A community's approach to building speaks volumes about its values and everything else there is to know about it. Buildings embody social ideals and become cultural landmarks. In addition, I believe that architecture is also a great source of memory through which conversation between generations takes place.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Participation in architectural competitions helps me escape from everyday routine. This is an opportunity for me to approach the designing process more freely, research new trends and develop as a professional.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?

I believe that architecture competitions help develop the creativity of an architect. Do not be afraid to participate in them, this is a necessary part of our craft. And sometimes this is a great opportunity to escape from the usual reality and make yourself known to the world.

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