Alexander Kuzmin

Triumfaljnaja sq. 1
125047 Moscow
Tel. (008)9852267521


Chairman of the Architecture and Urban Planning Committee of the City of Moscow and Chief Architect of Moscow since September 1996. Previously, he served as Deputy and First Deputy Chairman of the Moskomarhitektur (1992-1996), Deputy Chairman of the Glavosarhitectur (1991). Previously, in 1987-1991, he was chief architect of Niipi in Moscow’s overall development plan, which he has been operating since 1974. Candidate for Architectural Sciences, Vice President of the Russian Academy of Architecture and Building Sciences.

Nick Alexander Vessi was born in Moscow in the family of military sailor July 12, 1951. He has loved painting since he was a child, he has graduated from a school of arts, and in the ninth grade he has learned about the existence of the Moscow Architectural Institute and has become a preparatory course. Later Nick repeatedly called himself a casual architect. MARHI studied from 1968 to 1974.

In 1974, Nick became a collaborator at the Moscow-based Master Plan for Research and Design (Niipi on the General Plan of Moscow). At the Institute he worked as an architect, senior architect, head of a group of architects, deputy head and head of a workshop, and in 1987 he became the chief architect (some sources claim he became the director of the institute).

In 1991, Kuzmin took the position of the Deputy Chief of Architecture and Urban Management Moscow (Glavosarhitectur) and chief architect of Moscow Leonid Vawakina. In the same year, the Chief Architecture was discontinued, and since January 1992 it has acted on the basis of it, the Committee on Architecture and Urban Planning of the City of Moscow (Mosco-Architecture). In 1992, Kuzmin first held the post of Deputy Chief Architect of the capital, and then became Chief of the Planning and Building Administration, the first Vice President of Moskomarhitectur. In 1996 he was appointed head of the Central Architectural and Planning Directorate – the first Vice President of the Moskomarhitektur.

At the beginning of July 1996 there were rumors about the upcoming resignation of Vavaqina, according to which their positions had to be divided and accessed by different people: Kuzmin was a chairman of the Moskomarchitectur, the chief architect of supposedly to become the head of a designer organization “Mosproekt-2” Mihail Posochinhych, (the son of Mikhail Posochina, the chief architect of the capital in 1960-1980). He says that the chief architect will be dealing with the creative side of the work, and the chairman of Moskomarhitectur – control of the incarnation of projects. He was soon named the first in the history of the city’s chief architect competition, the results of which, however, had to approve a metropolitan government.

Since the end of July 1996, Kuzmin has fulfilled the responsibilities of Moscow’s chief architect in connection with Vawkina disease.

In September 1996, on the eve of the Presidium of the Union of Architects of Russia and the Union of Moscow architects took place on an informal vote for three people who led their nominations for the post of chief architect of the capital. Kuzmin has fired 23 out of 29 attending architects, and Posoquinu and Vladimir Nikolay (counselor of the Russian Academy of Architecture and Building Sciences) remained only one by one.

Two days later, the committee of competitions chaired by the mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, composed of sculptor Zurab Tseretelli in addition to the famous architects, unanimously gave Kuzmin a preference in a secret ballot. Luzhkov then signed an order for the appointment of Kuzmin chief architect of the capital and head of Moskomarhitectur. In November of that year, Nick became president of the newly created Moscow Architectural Council.

Four years later, Moscow’s chief architect must be elected, but in August 2000 Luzhkov considered it possible to overturn Kusmin’s credentials.

Kuzmin named the author, co-author and co-author of more than 70 major urban projects and scientific papers, among which are “Guidelines for Urban Development Moscow and the Moscow Region for the Period to 2010” and “Proposals for Development and Restructuring of Production Areas of Moscow “. Among the objects of which the main architect Rossi acted, the Moscow Ring Road, Third and Fourth Transport Rings, New Olympic Village (for which the Chief Architect of the Capital in 1999 received the State Award of the Russian Federation) as well as projects for a complete reconstruction and restoration of monuments of architecture, including the Old Arkadian and one trip bed. In addition, Nick supervised the author’s team to develop the third general development plan of Moscow for the period up to 2020).

Newspapers have been accused of the destruction of monuments in Moscow, which are often reduced to “novels”, Nick categorically denied. In doing so he did not deny that mistakes in Moskom’s work