Summer Architecture Camp

Summer Architecture Camp

In the frame of the official Year of Russia in the Netherlands and the Netherlands in Russia and the Orange Days festival, New Holland will host the Summer Architecture Camp curated by Paul Meurs and with the collaboration of Vladimir Frolov and Project Baltia.

The Summer Camp in New Holland offers the opportunity to 10 pre-graduate students to spend one week in St Petersburg and participate in the Summer Architecture Camp, focusing on the notion of heritage development and the case study of New Holland – the historical island in the heart of the city (see Additional Information).

The aim of the Summer Camp is to foster the debate around key issues in contemporary architecture and ask the participants to work on projects considering the redevelopment of the island, its identity and historical value but problematizing those aspects in the frame of its present situation and the temporary use of its space. Two tutors, one from the Dutch side and another form the Russian side, will accompany the students during the study week, enriching it with lectures and debates and inviting the students to exchange experiences and points of view and encouraging them to think of a project for the island.

The Summer Architecture Camp will culminate in the public presentation of the project and will be open to a public debate that will close the week of study. The best ideas will be implemented, if possible, and their authors will become acquainted with New Holland history and specificity. The camp’s interactive educational experiences include site visits in St Petersburg, a tour of its industrial buildings and constructivist architecture as well as of the historical city.

The tutors and lecturers are Paul Meurs (The Netherlands), Catherine Visser (The Netherlands), Vladimir Frolov (Russia), Alexey Levchuk (Russia).

Eligibility and Terms

Pre-graduate students in Architecture and urbanism are eligible for this program. The participation to the program is free of charge. Travel, visa, accommodation and lunch will be covered by New Holland. The main language in use for the program is English.

Application requirements

Each application should be submitted online and include the following documents in English, in a single PDF file:

1. A curriculum vitae detailing education, research and professional experience and any other relevant information.

2. A representative selection of a minimum of one to a maximum of 3 projects that convey an impression of your distinctive approach.

3. A letter of motivation (up to 750 words typewritten).

Applications should be submitted online by June 16th at the following address:


Curators Paul Meurs and Vladimir Frolov will select the students according to the following criteria: originality of the statement, relevance to architectural thinking and practice, trajectory of the candidate and relevance with the study direction of the project. Applicants will be notified by email by June 21stApplication link.