IAKOV CHERNIKHOV INTERNATIONAL
beginnings of the ICIF date from a 10-day Mediterranean competition-cruise
in June 1988 on board the Soviet liner “Leo Tolstoy”. Entitled «The
Space of Civilization in the ÕÕI Century», this event was organized
by the International Academy of Architecture (IAA) and the International
Forum of Young Architects (IFYA) with the support of the USSR Union
of the Architects. The main prizes of the competition, which included
300 young architects from 35 countries, were four books of Iakov
Chernikhov’s architectural fantasies, presented from the personal
archives of the architect Andrey Chernikhov, director of the IFYA
In1989 Andrey Chernikhov, with the assistance of architecture professor
Catherine Cooke (Cambridge, UK), offered at the Sotheby’s «Russian
avant-garde» auction six of Iakov Chernikhov’s architectural fantasies.
This charity donation served as the financial basis for organizing
the Iakov Chernikhov Foundation.
International Architectural Foundation named after the Soviet
architect, graphic artist and pedagogue Iakov Chernikhov (1889-1951)
- the first such charitable architecture foundation in Russia
- was instituted in 1991 at the initiative of the IFYA (President
- Marcos Bargilli, Cyprus; General secretary - Georgy Stanishev,
Bulgaria) and the MAA (President – Georgy Stoilov, Bulgaria) with
the support of the USSR Union of the Architects (President Yury
Platonov). Subsequent foundation sponsors included the German Museum
of Architecture (Frankfurt-on-Main), the airline «Deutche Lufthansa»,
and the architectural school of the University of Michigan (USA).
National centers of the ICIF opened in Bulgaria, the USA and Russia.
ICIF defined the following basic direction: the support of experimental,
educational and research works in the field of innovative architecture
and town planning; the encouragement of the innovative architectural
concepts and initiatives by young architects throughout the world;
the organization and conducting of architectural competitions and
exhibitions of Iakov Chernikhov and Russian avant-garde; and the
support of the children’s architectural creative work in Russia.
- Andrey Chernikhov
- Helen Stamo
- Marina Chernikhova (Moscow)
- Helen Chernikhova (St.Petersburg, Russia)
- Yulia Chernikhova (Pavlograd, Ukraine)
- Zinaida Grek, (Cologne)
- Leonid Lamm (New York)