UKRAINIAN ARCHITECTS AND THE WAR / Episode #2: Spatial (re)development Initiatives and Institutional cooperations

Russia’s attack on Ukraine has been a horrifying wake-up for Ukrainian architects, urbanists, and planners who were since the Maidan Revolution – despite Russia’s war activities in Donbass since 2014 – strongly engaged in societal reform processes and increasingly – also as professionals – benefiting from its results.

Suddenly, not “architectural competition for comfortable buildings”, “participative co-creation of long-term visions” or “making strategic plans for sustainable development” are on their agendas, but the fight for the future of their country.

In the second episode we will continue the discussion with a more institutional perspective and discuss the following aspects with our guests: Which kind of initiatives are currently going on in Ukraine that relate to spatial development issues? Which activities exist to better connect the network of Ukrainian architects and planners to the European Union? How does training and education of architects and planners work during the war?


Ruth Schagemann is the President of Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE), the representative organization for the architectural profession at European level.

Oleg Drozdov is lead architect, founder, and tutor. He is an owner of an international studio Drozdov & Partners and co-founder of the Kharkiv School of Architecture, KHSA in 2017. Currently, he is bringing forward the initiative ReBuild Ukraine.

Lidiia Chyzhevska is a Member of the National Union of Architects of Ukraine Board and an Assistant to the President of the National Union of Architects of Ukraine.

Mirjam Niemeyer is owner of an international studio helsinkizurich for Architecture and Urban Planning, lecturer at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences and member of the advisory Board of CANactions School for Urban Studies in Kyiv. She has been working in and with Ukraine for more than 6 years

Date & Time
The discussion will be held in English via Cisco Webex on:
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 / 17:00-18:00 CET.

Meeting link
Meeting number: 2731 018 6499
Password: FiJyMDhm664

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