Alexander Sverdlov
Founding Partner, Senior Architect

Alexander Sverdlov is an architect with 18 years of professional experience. After graduating from Moscow Architectural Institute, Alexander worked at the State Architectural Design Institute (MNIIP) as a project architect.

In 2000, he has moved to The Netherlands where he studied at the Berlage Institute (Rotterdam). Following the invitation of his Berlage professor Willem-Jan Neutelings, Alexander joined Neutelings-Riedijk architecten (Rotterdam) immediately after graduation to work as an architect and a project architect for architectural and masterplanning competitions. His work has been featured in major Neutelings-Riedijk exhibitions and publications.

In 2003, he joined OMA/AMO (Rotterdam) to lead the Hermitage Museum extension. Later on, he continued his career at WEST 8 (Rotterdam) as a project architect for several award winning international projects, including the famous Park Lineal in Madrid (the 1st prize).

Alexander co-founded SVESMI Holding BV in 2007, while working as a project architect at de Architekten Cie (Amsterdam). In the same year, he was invited by an architect Winy Maas (MVRDV) to join the team of tutors at the Why Factory, the research institute for the future city, at the Delft Technical University.

Up until today he teaches and lectures internationally.
At SVESMI, Alexander leads architectural projects and defines the design agenda of the office.

Anastassia Smirnova
Founding Partner, Educational and Cultural Programmer

Anastassia Smirnova is a designer and researcher. Scenographer by education Anastassia has been part of many multidisciplinary projects and her competencies range from design and writing to educational and cultural programming.

In 2000-2007, she has been working as a freelance author for professional and popular press and published a guide book for Amsterdam of which almost 200 000 copies were sold. Later on, by invitation of an architect Rem Koolhaas, she joined AMO, a think-tank within the Of ce for Metropolitan Architecture, to conduct the research for the Hermitage Museum Masterplan.

After co-founding SVESMI, Anastassia also became part of the educational team at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, where she started teaching alongside Rem Koolhaas, Yuri Grigoryan (Meganom) and David Erixon (Hyper Island). With the latter she has been directing Institute’s education program in 2013-2015.

Recently, she has also curated and has come to be an academic director of an international MA program Advanced Urban Design – a joint initiative of the Graduate School of Urbanism (HSE) and the Strelka Institute.

At SVESMI Anastassia leads preservation projects and is responsible for various research, educational and cultural activities.