The Moscow-born Alexander Brodsky graduated from the Muscovite Architectural Institute (MarchI) in 1978. During the 1970s and 1980s he worked with the artist Ilya Utkin, taking part in public competitions. He is linked to the ‘paper architecture’ movement that challenges standardized mass habitat production. Engravings from the 18th century prisons of Giovanni Battista Piranèse inspired the scenarios he created during this period. In the 1990s he frequently travelled to New York, moving there in 1996. He returned to Moscow in 2000, and started his own architectural studio. Alexander Brodsky considers the imaginary world of the city and its impending demise in the form of drawing, plans and installations. His work has been presented at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale (2006), The Special Architecture School and the Vienna Architekturzentrum (2011).