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Philipp Nikandrov. Architect

With  25 years of international experience in architecture and masterplanning Philipp Nikandrov is a leading Russian architect with substantial expertise in large scale, complex and unique projects of high-rise typology. His design approach creates the route between contextualism and minimalism, reaching the complexity through simplicity. The strong identity in his concepts is always rooted in architectural metaphors derived from site context, history of the place and cultural background of the project in a way that the final form creates the symbol, project logo and recognizable icon on the skyline.

Since joining international company RMJM in 1997 Philipp served as senior designer and project architect in some of the most prestigious projects, working in the firm’s offices in UK, Middle East and later in Russia. In 2011 after ending his 15 years international career in RMJM as director and European Studio co-principal Philipp joined the leading Russian design company GORPROJECT as its chief architect and principal designer, managing few high-rise projects in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. As design team leader Philipp successfully participated in many prestigious international and regional design competitions, and one of the most notable amongst his large-scale projects from competition to realization was Okhta Centre(2006-2010) and later Lakhta Centre(from 2011) - Gazprom HQ in Saint-Petersburg with 465m tower component, which is currently under construction and will rank as Europe’s tallest skyscraper targeting LEED Gold certification for its achievements in sustainable design.

As chief designer and project architect Philipp has delivered the iconic Evolution Tower from its earlier concept to completion (2004-2015). The jewel of Moscow City high-rise cluster 


Evolution Tower received many international and national awards (second place in Emporis Skyscraper Awards in 2016, the featured finalist of 2015 CTBUH Best Tall Building Awards and finalist of MIPIM Award 2016, etc).  

Philipp  is currently working on the design of adjacent plot, where civic piazza with amphitheatre forms the main open public space of Moscow City business downtown with its centerpiece building, featuring the world’s largest clock observed from the surrounding towers.

Philipp Nikandrov is an author of many high-profile publications and participant of architectural exhibitions and international conferences  such as CTBUH, UNESCO World Heritage, Forum 100+,  Skyscrapers Asia Summit 2017 in Singapore (as its chairman), etc.

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