Leonid Krykhtin is an architect and a multidisciplinary designer based in London and Shanghai, Previously he worked at the office of Zaha Hadid Architects from 2012 to 2019. He has over 15 years of experience in the practise of architecture and design. Leonid is specialising in cultural buildings as well as commercial and private residential sector, both architecture and interiors. He also gained good experience in mastreplanning, tall towers, and retail sector such as shopping malls, boutiques, and restaurants.
Prior to joining Zaha Hadid Architects, Leonid worked in international offices such as RMJM, SHCA, Group Dyer, UNK Project, and others. He realized projects around the world, and has extensive experience both in design and professional practice of architecture. While he was working at UNK Project studio, Leonid’s office design for the lighting company ‘Light and Design’ received the Best Office Awards Prize in 2010. Leonid also received prizes and became a finalist in numerous international design competitions such as A- Design Award in 2018, MIC (Masters In Creativity) in 2018, Saul Bell Design Prize 2018, LG OLED Space Design 2018, and SBID Award in Product Design category 2019.
Mr. Krykhtin is specialized in parametric design, generative design, computational form-finding, and complex 3D architectural geometry, Virtual Reality design and VR presentation techniques and methodologies. Digital fabrication is also one of his long standing interests and experiences. He realised many projects using various advanced digital fabrication techniques where digital files were used to be manufactured by robotic CNC milling, 3D printing, vacuum forming, injection moulding, casting and others.
Leonid Krykhtin worked as a Design Director at an architecture studio in Shanghai where he was responsible for all major ground-breaking designs of the office.
Since 2013, Leonid has been branching out into other design fields to pursue his professional ambitions. Product design, fashion design, and the creation of artworks have given him new opportunities to explore a cross-disciplinary approach to design, thereby expanding his creative repertoire. He strongly believes that drawing from different disciplines, he can enrich projects through the crossbreeding of design techniques, uses of materials, and modes of production. To Leonid, this is one of the meanings of innovation.
Leonid received his Master’s from the Architectural Association in London, having studied in the renowned Design Research Laboratory. This education helped him shape his professional interests and aspirations and allowed him to experiment with emerging design methodologies and techniques. Mr. Krykhtin is also a graduate of Cardesign Academy (USA) where he was taught a car design course using Virtual Reality.
Besides his professional practice, Leonid takes part in architectural design workshops in Russia, United Kingdom, India, and China as both a visiting tutor and a lecturer. He believes that education and research are essential for the exchange and formulation of new ideas.
Leonid taught Architecture and Design several times at China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou. He gave several intensive architecture workshops in Sochi, Russia for students and professionals. Leonid gave lectures multiple times at various leading Chinese and international architecture enterprises in Shanghai. In India, he was a part of a tutors team for architecture students teaching a intensive architecture workshop.
Many of the projects that Mr. Krykhtin worked on won international design awards and became finalists in various architecture competitions.
His architecture projects include but not limited to:
- Hainan Hotel and Service Apartments, China, 195,000 sq.m
- Nanjing Youth Cultural Centre, China (the tallest building in Nanjing) 465,000sq.m
- Qi Li Hai National Convention on Centre, Qinhuangdao, China, 37,660 sq.m
- Chengdu Natural History Museum, China, 62,000 sq.m
- Wuhan Changjiang New Town Masterplan, China, 50 sq.km
- Xi’an Tencent Innovation on City Masterplan, China, 130,790 sq.m
- Wuhan Garden Expo, China, 30,000 sq.m
- Algerian Presidential Headquarters and Villa, Algiers 30,000 sq.m
- Iraqi Parliament, Iraq
- Beko Headquaters, Belgrade, Serbia, 94,000 sq.m
- Sberbank Headquarters for 12,000 employees, Moscow, Russia, 262,000 sq.m
- Admiral Serebryakov Commercial Embankment Development, Novorossiysk, Russia
- Evergrande Smart Car Experience Centre and Factory, Beijing, China, 26,900sq.m.
- Changshu International New and Hi-Tech Block, Suzhou, China, 97,150 sq.m.
- 360 Green Land, Mianyang urban High-rise development, Mianyang, China,491,303 sq.m.
- Evergrande Haikou 5-star Hotel, Hainan, China, 93,500 sq.m.