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portrait de Irina Nazarova en studio

Professional Qualifications


Certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)


Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)


Member of the Architects Registration Board, UK (ARB)


Member of the Order of Architects of Quebec (OAQ)

Public engagements

2021, 2023

Invited guest critic at University of Montreal


Conference on the architecture profession at Marianopolis College


Conference “Rediscovering Westmount and NDG” for Groupe Sutton


Exposition of 3D printed lamps at SIDIM


Participation in the exposition “Native Montreal” at the World Design Summit

2014 - 2016

Tutor for Oxford Brooks University, UK


“Architecture obtained by distillation” published in journal Tumbler, vol. 2, Authenticity

2012 - 2013

Tutor for Part I/II prescribed exams at Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, UK


Translation of the ASNOVA manifesto published in "Theory of architecture, vol. II", Editors Harry Francis Mallgrave and Christina Contandriopoulos


Irina graduated from the McGill School of Architecture in 2002 with a Medal for Excellence in the Study of Architecture.  For her final thesis she explored the subject of "terrains vagues" - how can we preserve the nostalgia of these places and reintegrate them into the city without erasing traces of the past. Her study resulted in the reinterpretation of the ambiguous spaces underneath a bridge as a sequence of three performance places: one for dance, one for poetry and one for theatre. Subsequently, she acquired her professional experience in Quebec working on two major cultural projects: the Theatre of Vieux Terrebonne with atelier TAG and JLP, and the Concert Hall of Dolbeau-Mistassini with Paul Laurendeau, Architecte. She also undertook an internship with l’Étude Louis Brillant, Architecte on construction sites dealing with restoration of heritage buildings, which included, among others, the restoration of masonry, roofs and stained glass windows, for the church of Saints-Anges-Gardiens, the convent of Sisters of Sainte-Anne and the house of Mother d’Youville.

Irina continued her career in Europe joining the team of Foster + Partners in London in 2008.  During her time with the company she had a chance to work on incredibly ambitious projects, such as MIST (Masdar Institute of Science and Technology) - a university campus in the Middle East powered entirely by solar energy - and Bund Financial Center, where her responsibilities included the coordination of the design for a hotel, commercial façades, public spaces within the office towers and the Cultural Center - a building with a multi-layered moving façade, inspired by traditional Chinese open air theatres typically located in the centre of outdoor markets.  Situated between the Old Town and the international historic district, this project aimed to promote and build upon traditional craftsmanship and local knowledge. In 2014 Irina was made an Associate at Foster + Partners  She appreciated being able to contribute to the development of an emerging neighborhood for artists and designers in Dubai, with production workshops and showrooms, et d'avoir contribué au développement d'un réseau de transport public pour la ville de Jeddah qui comprenait la conception des stations du métro, des stations du tramway et de bus, la conception du matériel roulant et des viaducs. Irina a été basée à Paris pour représenter Foster + Partners dans la coordination du projet avec le consultant du réseau ferroviaire.  Passionate about art and history, Irina took a brief pause from architecture to participate in the documentation an archaeological site of the ancient Greek city of Helike. During the following year Irina represented Heatherwick Studio in New York on the project of transformation of the Lincoln Center Philharmonic Hall, which was managed using the integrated design process (IDP). Unfortunately this project was not carried out.

On her return to Montreal in 2017 Irina opened her own studio to share her knowledge, experience and love of architecture with clients, who want to realise their dream projet.

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