Anna Bokov is an architect, urban designer, educator, and historian. She holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, a master of architecture from Harvard GSD, and a bachelor of architecture from Syracuse University. She has taught at The Cooper Union, Yale School of Art, Northeastern University School of Architecture, the Moscow Architectural Institute, and Strelka Institute.
Bokov has worked as an architect and urban designer with Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam; NBBJ in Moscow; Gluckman Mayner Architects and Polshek Partnership in New York City; and the City of Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development in Somerville, Massachusetts. She has served as an editor for the Project Russia magazine, a leading architectural periodical in Russia. Her work has been presented at the Walker Art Center, Venice Biennale, Moscow Architectural Biennale, and AIA New York.
Bokov's special areas of expertise include the history of the avant-garde movement and design pedagogy. Her Ph.D. dissertation at Yale, titled "Teaching Architecture to the Masses: Vkhutemas and the Pedagogy of Space, 1920-1930," examines the emergence of modern design education through the lens of Vkhutemas, an interdisciplinary higher education institution in the 1920s that has been termed the "Soviet Bauhaus." Her work focuses on the various pedagogies developed at the school by the leaders of the Russian avant-garde, including Nikolay Ladovsky, Alexander Rodchenko, Moisey Ginzburg, and others. Bokov was a recipient of the Mellon Fellowship and of the Beinecke Research Fellowship at Yale, in addition to being awarded an honorable citation from the Graham Foundation for her dissertation research. She is currently working on the publication of a book on Vkhutemas and its avant-garde pedagogies.
- ARCH 3819/5819 Special Topics in History of Architecture and Urbanism: Avant-garde as MethodThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of History of Architecture and Urbanism. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .