Lee Skolnick of Lee H. Skolnick Design + Partnership (New York) will speak on April 23 at the Trespa Design Centre. Lee will join a panel speaking about the burgeoning post-Soviet market.
As recent history and current events demonstrate, Eastern Europe and Central Asia present both an opportunity for major building commissions and a potentially challenging, even volatile market. Three architects with projects in these regions discuss their experiences in securing commissions, developing design concepts, and managing local construction projects.
"Post-Soviet Region as Emerging Market" brings together three very different projects and architectural practitioners to discuss how U.S. firms successfully compete and build in countries such as Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Kyrgyzstan. The panelists - from Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, FXFOWLE, and HMA2 Architects - provide case studies that illuminate a range of issues behind their American service exports. One of the region's first children's museums, for example, shows how an architect is helping serve new trends in K-12 education and social priorities in Bulgaria.
The architecture firms are midsize, design-focused practices currently working on one or more Eastern European and Central Asian projects. Their project case studies illuminate the economic and social forces at play in the post-Soviet region as well as specific logistical, business and practice-based challenges of working internationally.
The projects to be discussed include Muzeiko (Children's Museum of Bulgaria); a new campus for the American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan; and a new mountainside spa-hotel in Azerbaijan.
Space is limited; call 212.334.6888 to RSVP.