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GALINA MILKOVA
ARCHITECT/ARTIST

Galina Milkova graduated from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria. She is a master of Architecture and specialized in the “Public Buildings” Department of UACEG. Galina is a scholarship recepient of “EVRIKA” foundation for mastering knowledge in the field of Architecture and a Baumit scholarship recepient for two consecutive years. Her diploma project “Demokratos” was awarded first prize in the world diploma competition Degree&Profession International Awards. The team project “The Intelligent Biomachine” was awarded honorable mention in the American engineering association competition ASHRAE – Student Design Competition: Integrated Sustainable Building Design. Galina is part of the designing team of Troika Square reconstruction in Burgas, Bulgaria.

In 2015 Galina has initiated the SYNC project – a personal exploration of the syncretic unity between poetry and architecture. The interactive installation “Love Pavilion” marked the beginning of SYNC.

Due to the social approach in her architecture work Galina has been featured in ARCHITETTE – WOMEN ARCHITECTS book dedicated to 365 inspiring women architects around the world.

EXHIBITIONS AND INSTALLATIONS

2015   Symbiotichno  – an interactive exhibition about Lake Atanasovsko, in collaboration with Mariana Sarbova and Nedko Nikolov, investor – Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation

2015   Love Pavilion – an interactive installation, exploring Love, created for the contemporary art festival “Turn on the City”

2015   Paint me a melody – an interactive installation for Hamalogika, transforming sound into light, in collaboration with Martin Pavlov, investor – Burgas municipality

2014   SALGHT  – an installation, exploring salt qualities as a product design material and its interaction with light, in collaboration with Nedko Nikolov, investor – Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation

2007   Heritage in Danger – a photography exhibition about Burgas architectural heritage, investor – Union of Architects in Bulgaria

AWARDS
2013   Burgas Troika Square Reconstruction awarded in Archimoriya’2013 Festival
2012   Participated in Theater Inter-Аction international competition – 6th place award
2012   Diploma project “DEMOKRATOS Culture and Debate Centre” receives the Life Beyond Tourism international award during FLORENCE WORLD FESTIVAL
2012   Diploma project “DEMOKRATOS Culture and Debate Centre” awarded by Union of Architects in Bulgaria
2011   Diploma project “DEMOKRATOS Culture and Debate Centre” awarded in Archimoriya’2011 Festival
2011   Diploma project “DEMOKRATOS Culture and Debate Centre” awarded by Chamber of architects in Bulgaria
2011   House Bahchevanovi  awarded in Archimoriya’2011 Festival
2010   Featured  in the Venice Biennale with an award winning project “The Intelligent Biomachine”
2010   Participated in ISOVER Student International Competition for Revitalization of a Warehouse in Paris, in collaboration with Stoycho Dobrev and Borislav Krastev – awarded a diploma
2010   Participated in ISOVER Student National Competition for Revitalization of a Warehouse in Paris, in collaboration with Stoycho Dobrev and Borislav Krastev – second place award
2010   BAUMIT Scholarship Recipient for a second year
2010   Participated in a Pedestrian Bridge project contest in Sofia, Bulgaria
2009-2010   EVRIKA Foundation Scholarship recipient for mastering architectural knowledge
2009   Participated in the Positive/Negative competition for Bulgarian Students of Architecture – third place award
2009   AMFION Student Contest Nomination for “Reverberation House” Project
2009   Participated in ASHRAE Student Design Competition: Integrated Sustainable Building Design, in collaboration with a UACEG and TU team – Honorable Mention and Plaque for Bulgaria
2009   Participated in ARHIPRIZ Competition for mastering ArchiCad – second prize award
2009   Participated in the National Secondary Capital Centre Workshop
2009   Participated in ISOVER Student International Competition for Multicomfort ISOVER Office, in collaboration with Stoycho Dobrev and Borislav Krastev– awarded a diploma
2009   Participated in ISOVER Student National Competition for Multicomfort ISOVER Office, in collaboration with Stoycho Dobrev and Borislav Krastev – second place award
2009   BAUMIT Scholarship Recipient
2008   Participated in the National Student Workshop for Children Cultural Centre  –  first prize award
2007   Student of the Year Competition award for “Black Sea Resort” Project
2007   Student of the Year Competition award for Architectural Theory
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NEDKO NIKOLOV
DESIGNER/ARTIST

Nedko Nikolov graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts „St. Cyril and Methodius“, Veliko Tarnovo, specialty „Pedagogy of Fine Arts – specialized profile“ Sculpture“. In 2010 he won an Erasmus program grant and specialized in the University De Belas Artes, Lisbon, Portugal. He studied spatial design in NBU. Nedko participated in a collective exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal, won fifth place in the global competition“His Cult“ of the University IED Milano 2010  and second place in the global competition „Reuse Design“of the University IED Barcelona 2011, participated in SofiaDesignWeek 2012.

EXHIBITIONS AND INSTALLATIONS

2015   Symbiotichno  – an interactive exhibition about Lake Atanasovsko, in collaboration with Mariana Sarbova and Galina Milkova, investor – Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation

2014   SALGHT  – an installation, exploring salt qualities as a product design material and its interaction with light, in collaboration with Galina Milkova, investor – Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation

2012   Participation in the collective exhibition „Light and Time“, Sofia Design Week

2012   Participation in the collective exhibition Ready made Design„, Gallery Art Alley, Sofia

2011   Visual identity and graphic design of the charity campaign „I helped“, Burgas.

2011    A collective exhibition – Lisbon, Portugal – gallery De Belas Artes

2009   A participant in the Second Academic sculpture symposium and workshop, Veliko Tarnovo – „Color, shape, space, dialogue“

2009   Annual student exhibition of Faculty of Fine Arts -VTU „St. St. Cyril and Methodius“ Exhibition „Rafael Mihailov“, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

2008   First academic Sculpture Symposium, Veliko Tarnovo 2008 – organized by Faculty of Fine Arts „St.. St. Cyril and Methodius“

2008   Annual student exhibition of Faculty of Fine Arts -VTU „St. St. Cyril and Methodius“ Exhibition „Rafael Mihailov“, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

AWARDS
2012   Second place in the global competition „Re-Design“ organized by the University IED Barcelona
2011   Fifth place in the global competition „My Cult“ organized by the University of IED Milano, project „Dream Park“
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MONIKA MARINOVA
ARCHITECT/ARTIST

Monika Marinova graduated with a Professional Diploma in Architecture with Distinction from The School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University, and with a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from Manchester School of Architecture at The University of Manchester. Among other distinctions, her projects have been awarded both universities’ highest award recognitions – nominations for RIBA Presidents’ Bronze (2015) and Silver (2019) Medals. In 2020 she won the Young Talent Architecture Award, part of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.

Previously, Monika worked with London-based architecture offices on education and public projects, often working with historic heritage buildings of specific architectural interest, applying a sensitive approach to design, underpinned by a philosophy concerned with integrating long-term social and ethical values into the built environment.

EXHIBITIONS AND INSTALLATIONS

2019  Blueprint for the Future – Exhibition of Diploma Project

2019  Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition – Exhibition of Artwork

2018  Blueprint for the Future – Exhibition of Design Project

2018  Best in Show Exhibition – Exhibition of Design Project

2015  Manchester Society of Architects Student Design Awards – Exhibition of Design Project

AWARDS

2020  Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA, part of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award)

2019  RIBA President’s Medals Silver Medal – Winner for London Metropolitan University

2019  Architects’ Journal Student Prize – Winner for London Metropolitan University

2019  Academic Writing Prize – 2nd place Winner for London Metropolitan University

 

2015  RIBA President’s Medals Bronze Medal (Winner for Manchester School of Architecture) Manchester Society of Architects Student Travel Award – Winner