An expansive account of Russia’s modern architecture has been named as one of the ‘books of the year’ by Owen Hatherley in Architectural Review.

Russia - Modern Architectures in History, a cultural history of Russian architecture from 1861 to the present day, was written by Dr Richard Anderson, Lecturer in Architectural History at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).

Described by Hatherley as “giving a sense of continuity in a history which is usually highly fragmented”, and praised by him for “restoring to prominence dozens of projects that are usually ignored”, the book was published by Reaktion in October 2015 as part of its Modern Architectures in History series.

It was discussed by Dr Anderson at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art’s fourth International Conference in Moscow, Building and Thinking the Soviet City: 1956 To Now, and has been previously praised by critic Kenneth Frampton as “an elegant recasting of the modern architectural tradition in Russia [and] a precisely articulated, socio-economic cultural history.”

About Owen Hatherley and Architectural Review

Owen Hatherley is a British writer and journalist who writes primarily on architecture, politics and culture. His first book, Militant Modernism, was published by Zero Books in 2009.

Architectural Review (AR) is a leading monthly architectural magazine. Distributed and read internationally, it has been published in London since 1896.

About Richard Anderson

Dr Richard Anderson specialises in the history of modern and contemporary architecture in North America, Europe, and Eurasia.

His research and teaching explore architecture’s relationship to modern media and modes of economic reasoning.

Richard teaches on our undergraduate MA (Hons) programme in Architectural History (the only programme of its kind in Europe) and our postgraduate Architectural History and Theory - MSc programme.

Together with Dr Alistair Fair, he organises our Architectural History and Theory Seminar Series which take place every other Wednesday at 5.15pm.