The architecture of Ukraine is rich and varied, from wooden churches and beaux-arts opera houses to Soviet-era modernism and contemporary buildings designed for an independent country. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine poses great risks for Ukraine’s modernist architecture, a collection of stunning works which only recently gained international recognition. This conversation will highlight some of Ukraine’s unique modernist buildings, urban plans, and artistic works which are currently under threat of destruction and how the American architectural community can aid their protection.
Ashley Bigham is an Assistant Professor at the Knowlton School of Architecture at the Ohio State University and co-director of Outpost Office. She has been a Fulbright Fellow in Ukraine, a Visiting Faculty at the Kharkiv School of Architecture, a MacDowell Fellow, and a Walter B. Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She is the editor of Fulfilled: Architecture, Excess, and Desire (Applied Research + Design, 2022). Her writing and work have appeared in publications such as MAS Context, Metropolis, Mark, CLOG, and Surface. The design work of Outpost Office has been exhibited at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Milwaukee Art Museum, the Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Roca London Gallery, Wedge Gallery, Yale School of Architecture, Princeton School of Architecture, Harvard GSD, and The Cooper Union.