Along with the 6,800 Russian professionals who signed a call for peace quickly censored by Putin’s government, architects, artists, and designers from everywhere join hands in expressing their disapproval of armed conflict and their solidarity with Ukraine.
Renzo Piano RPBW
Stop war! War is horror and devastation. And we, as architects, have the opposite mission. The one to make a better world. We build places where people can meet and share values. This is our duty! Stop war by all possible means other than the use of weapons.
Bjarke Ingels Group
BIG joins the international community in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and our colleagues, friends, and families in the region. BIG is not engaged in any projects in Russia or for the Russian government anywhere, and our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, democracy, human rights, and territorial integrity is unwavering.
We are horrified by Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, especially the indiscriminate destruction of civilian areas. As bombs drop on Kyiv and its Babyn Yar memorial, the site of a Nazi massacre, we are deeply anguished that this unprovoked assault compounds a long history of crimes perpetrated against the Ukrainian people. While standing in solidarity with Ukraine and hoping that diplomacy will ultimately prevail, we are actively investigating ways that we, as architects, can help. One immediate aim is to converge expertise from the architecture community in support of international agencies and local governments as they provide emergency housing for the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the war.
Zaha Hadid Architects
ZHA has worked in Russia for four decades. Zaha Hadid was originally inspired by works of the Russian avant-garde and many of our staff have taught architecture students at universities across the country. We are deeply shocked and saddened by the conflict in Ukraine and have placed our two ongoing projects in Russia on hold. We have completed our contracted works on all other projects in the country and continue to monitor guidance from the United Kingdom government.