West 8 + Studio 44 won competition to design of a new city park in St. Petersburg

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Adriaan Geuze. WEST 8

West 8 is an award-winning international office for urban design and landscape architecture founded in 1987. Over the last 31 years West 8 has established itself as a leading practice with an international team of 70 architects, urban designers, landscape architects and industrial engineers. West 8 developed projects all over the world in places such as Copenhagen, London, Moscow, New York, Madrid, Toronto and Amsterdam.

The office gained international recognition with projects such as Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam (NL), Borneo-Sporenburg in Amsterdam (NL), Jubilee Gardens in London (UK), Expo \'02 in Yverdon-les-Bains (CH) and Miami Beach SoundScape Park (US). Many of the projects are the result of groundbreaking entries in important international competitions. Recently won competitions include Toronto Waterfront in Toronto (CA), Governors Island in New York (USA) and Yongsan Park in Seoul (KR).

Amongst the numerous awards received by West 8 are the Honor Award of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Lifetime Achievement Award for Architecture 2011, Mondriaan Fund (formerly BKVB),  the International Urban Landscape Gold Award (IULA), the Prix de Rome, the Dutch Maaskant Award, the Bijhouwer Award, the Rosa Barba First European Landscape Prize, the Green Pin and the Veronica Rudge Green Prize for Urban Design.

Adriaan Geuze is one of the founders of West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v., a leading urban design practice in Europe. Geuze attended the Agricultural University of Wageningen where he received a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture. After winning the prestigious Prix-de-Rome award in 1990, Geuze, with his office West 8 founded in 1987, established an enormous reputation on an international level with his unique approach to planning and design of the public environment. By founding the SLA Foundation (Surrealistic Landscape Architecture) in 1992, Geuze increased public awareness of his profession.

Nikita Yaveyn. Studio 44

Studio 44 is one of the largest private architectural firms in St. Petersburg and in Russia. The studio’s team consists of over 140 highly qualified specialists in a variety of fields (architects, restoration experts, structural designers, engineers). Twenty specialists are currently running and coordinating ongoing projects and acting as chief architects, chief structural designers and chief structural engineers.

The company has both the human resources and the capacity to perform the whole cycle of project stages – from concept planning and preliminary designs to drafting – and to prepare the complete set of design- and budget-related documentation.

"Studio 44" has an extensive experience in acting as general designer and coordinating contractor work. The portfolio of "Studio 44" includes such successfully implemented projects as the Ladozhsky Railway Station, Atrium Business Center at Nevsky 25, Nevsky 38 and Linkor business centers, the Grand Palace shopping gallery, the Novy Peterhof hotel, the new museum complex of the State Hermitage Museum in the General Staff Building (Stage 1, 2010), Boris Eifman Dance Academy, Palace of Schoolchildren (Astana, Kazakhstan), and Olympic Park Railway Station in Sochi.

Studio 44 is currently working on the out-of-town campus of St. Petersburg State University’s Graduate School of Management located on the Mikhailovskaya Dacha estate and the Museum of Nicholas II in the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoe Selo State Museum Preserve.

"Studio 44" enjoys a high professional reputation and holds over 60 prestigious awards including the State Prize for Literature and Arts, the top national awards in architecture: the Chrystal Dedalus and the Vladimir Tatlin Prize, as well as the top prizes of Architekton review competition held in St. Petersburg and Zodchestvo International Architectural Festival in Moscow.

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