Natalia is an architectural designer, installation artist and the co-founder of design collective Interspatial based in Toronto, Canada. Her passion are projects that are aimed at exploring an intersection of art and architecture in the urban environment.
Born and raised in the Far East of Russia, Natalia has been making giant leaps across the globe – from Japan, through Moscow, from Spain to London, until finally landing here in midtown Toronto. Bringing a wealth of experiences with her, she now spends her days and nights translating all of her soaked-up culture into physical forms. Her openness and enthusiasm know no bounds when it comes to creation. In the past five years Natalia has earned many notable awards, including the Holcim Award in 2014 (Switzerland) and the 2nd Award of the Green Project in 2012 in the Student Category (Russia). Natalia also actively contributes to publications, conferences and sessions about the use of energy-efficient resources.
Having studied both architecture and construction management, Natalia has become an expert in designing and building her art, working full-time at an architectural firm and at her own design firm, Interspatial. Meeting new people is a huge part of her life as well. She finds new connections and ways to learn from everyone around her, from colleagues at industry events to friends at a boxing match. Multiplying her knowledge and manifesting it physically is a non-stop process, where one project starts before the other one ends.
In 2015 Natalia partnered up with another Toronto-based intern architect, Mark Francis, and founded Interspatial. Their art and design are focused on animating interstitial urban environments into personal and public spaces. Their work together included “City Blocks” at BIG on Bloor Festival (2017), “Worm Hole” at Place & Placement Exhibition (2017), “Volume & Void” at PULP Reclaimed Materials Art Party (2017) and “Inverted Valleys” at Evergreen Brick Works (2016).
Natalia’s work also includes architectural photography, drawings, and interior design. She has been influenced by K.Yeang, R.Piano, L.Woods, and J.Pallasmaa.