Nikoloz Japaridze

Nikoloz Japaridze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia (1974). He studied architecture at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts and afterwards graduated from Moscow Architectural Institute in 1997. His PhD thesis was entitled "A Minimal Dwelling for Extreme Situations". He pursued further studies at the technical university in Delft and in Paris before opening his own architectural studio in Moscow in 2002. His Moscow studio was called AMC (architecture, music, cinematography) and it produced over twenty building projects and collaborations.

In 2006, he moved to London where he worked with two UK-based architecture companies: KPF (Park City, Moscow Development project) and EPR Architects (Poole Quayside Housing Development project). Subsequently, he became a Senior Architect at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam with a specific focus on projects such as: high-rise residential towers and a new masterplan in Dubai UAE; and the Zayed Stadium Renovation Competition in Abu-Dhabi UAE.

He is currently a principal of AI in London, Moscow and Tbilisi.


 Anton Khmelnitskiy

Anton Khmelnitskiy was born in Moscow, Russia (1974) and studied at the Moscow Architectural Institute where he graduated in 1997. He spent his year out in the Netherlands working for Royal Haskoning and MVRDV. In his early career Anton joined Alsop Architects working on a first-class A office building in Moscow called "Millennium House".

In 1999, Anton relocated to their London office and focused on a number of iconic schemes in London, including Palestra and Victoria House. Anton joined Foster + Partners as an associate partner in 2005 and was made a partner in 2009. He has overseen several major schemes in Russia, including the proposed reinvention of New Holland Island in St Petersburg from a military facility to a major cultural centre; the restoration and extension of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts; Zaryadye Masterplan and the Red October Development in Moscow; the new HQ for the Russian Copper Company in Ekaterinburg; and the Valery Gergiev Cultural Centre in Vladikavkaz.

He is currently a principal of AI in London and Moscow.


 Simon Gatehouse

Simon Gatehouse is BA Dlp Arch ARB RIBA. He trained at the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne and South Bank in London. Qualifying in 1985, he worked abroad in Paris and for Chapman Taylor Partners in London where he rose to the position of Executive Group Architect.

In 1989 he teamed up with William McMorran to form McMorran and Gatehouse Architects which he led until Its closure in 2012. At M&G, he managed the London head office and was responsible for a number of high profile projects including: The new County Library in Lewes East Sussex and the headquarters building for the Royal School of Church Music. In 2012, he formed SiX Architecture a practice which specialises in providing bespoke design and development services to clients, working primarily on difficult inner city sites in both the commercial and residential sectors.

Simon joined Architects of Invention as Director in early 2016. At AI he overseas all the practices UK work and has been instrumental in developing the practice’s Quality Management system and achieving RIBA Chartered Practice status.

Simon is fluent in written and spoken French, is a Chartered Member of the RIBA and has served as a member of the Royal Borough of Kingston Design Review Panel.

He is currently a principal of AI in London.


 Nikita Tsymbal

Nikita Tsymbal was born in Moscow, Russia (1976). He studied architecture at the Moscow Architectural Institute where he graduated in 2000. During his early architectural practice in urban planning institute Mosproekt he became an author of number of buildings in Moscow and Moscow region. Since 2006 he developed his independent career focused primarily on sports facilities. In 2013 he has been awarded a Gold Medal of Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences for the project of Sochi Olympics hockey arena “Ice Dome Bolshoy”. The project has been internationally recognized and received a IPC/IAKS Distinction 2015 and IOC/IAKS Silver Medal Award 2015.

Nikita is also known as multimedia visual artist In 2010 his project “Asymmetric Answer” has been awarded an “Action” prize for the theatrical innovations. He participated in number of exhibitions, art festivals and events across Russia and Europe.

He is currently a principal of AI in Moscow.



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