Sergei Tchoban, Founder
Sergei Tchoban was born in Saint Petersburg in 1962 and studied architecture at the Russian Academy of Art. As of 1989 he worked as a freelance architect in Russia and moved to Hamburg in 1992, where he joined the architectural office ‘nps Architekten BDA’. Since 1996 Sergei leads the Berlin bureau of nps tchoban voss.
In 2006 he founded the architectural studio ‘SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov’ in Moscow. The studio’s expanding activity resulted in opening the international representation of SPEECH in 2014 in Berlin.
Being a collector of architectural drawings and draftsman himself, Sergei Tchoban established in 2009 the Tchoban Foundation – Museum for Architectural Drawing. The idea behind the Foundation is to popularize the art of drawing as part of architectural education and practice, and present this almost forgotten part of architect’s creative process to the public.
Among others, Sergei Tchoban’s projects include the cinema Cubix, the complex Domaquareé, the Music and Lifestyle Hotel nhow, the synagogue in Muenstersche Straße and the Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin, as well as the Russian pavilion at the Architecture Biennale 2012 in Venice, the Federation Complex Federation Tower in collaboration with Peter Schweger, the Office Building on Leninsky Prospect in Moscow and the Palace of Water Sports in Kazan.
In 2010 Sergey Tchoban was elected curator of the Russian pavilion at the XII Architecture Biennale in Venice.