Tanya Kalinina was one of the first Russian architects to emerge on the international scene after the breakdown of the Soviet Union in the 1990s. Her work has been influential in the design trajectory andthe re-invention of the private house in Russia. In 2014 Tanya completed a PhD in Practice Research at RMIT University, entitled Biculturalism in Architectural Practice. She is a founding partner of the award-winning practice McAdam Architects, established in 2001, and has completed a diverse range of projects in the UK, Russia, and Europe. Prior to this she was director of Alsop Architects, and was one of the initiators of the ice-breaking Project Imagination seminars in 1992. Tanya is a regular juror for international competitions and symposia, and has an ongoing involvement in architectural education in Russia and the UK.