MADA 2021 winners about the award: ABU GOSH street food

Shushana Khachatryan on her participation in the MADA Awards

The call for entries for the 2021/22 MosBuild Architecture & Design Awards (MADA) is now open. In preparing for the awards, the MosBuild team talked to the winners of MADA 2021 about their impressions of the awards.

Shushana Khachatryan, the founder of STUDIO SHOO architectural studio, won the MADA 2021 Public Space Interior category with her design for the Middle Eastern street food restaurant ABU GOSH. This is the category in which the largest number of projects were submitted, and the competition was the toughest.

The Middle Eastern street food restaurant ABU GOSH

Shushana Khachatryan, the founder of STUDIO SHOO architectural studio:

Shushana Khachatryan, STUDIO SHOO"MosBuild is a major exhibition that almost all my colleagues visit. So the Young Architects Award granted here is a notable and rewarding event that is well worth taking part in.

Our project was presented by me, and the most important thing for me was the project defence. Today, communication skills are one of the key competencies of any architect. You have to be able to justify your decisions and defend your project before the client, and that's not what you learn at university. So any defence, especially a public one and in the presence of a professional jury, is an opportunity to sharpen your presentation skills.

Another important part of participating in the award is networking. Here we have unlimited opportunities to show our proactivity and communication skills because the awards bring together young and active architects just like us, who are very useful to get to know, and the jury is made up of well-known and highly experienced experts. Not only did we meet the other contestants, but we also talked to Diana Balashova. Her comments, advice, and overall assessment of our project were very important.

The prize we won was a course at Skillbox, which I have not yet taken as I have just finished a course at the MARSH School of Architecture. But I will definitely take advantage of it. I believe that for an architect, education is a compulsory and continuous part of professional development. After all, education is something worth investing your time and energy into".

Street food restaurant ABU GOSHPublic Space Interior

MADA is an award for young architects, aimed to support and promote a new generation of professionals presenting their best architectural and interior design projects.

The project defence and the awarding of the 2021/22 MADA winners will take place during MosBuild 2022.

MosBuild 2022 will be held on 29 March – 1 April 2022 at Crocus Expo IEC

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