The first biography to trace the remarkable life and career of Ukrainian-born Boris Iofan, beautifully illustrated with many of Iofan’s previously unseen sketchbooks and photographs from private collections.
This is a history of architecture, politics and power. Boris Iofan (1891–1976) made his mark as Stalin’s architect, both in the grand projects he achieved, such as the House on the Embankment, a megastructure of 505 homes for the Soviet elite, and through his unbuilt designs, in particular the Palace of the Soviets, a baroque Stalinist dream whose iconic image was reproduced throughout the Soviet Union. Iofan’s life and designs offer a unique perspective into the politics of twentieth-century architecture and the history of the Soviet Union.
'Gorgeous pencil sketches … a breezy and readable text accessible to a broader, non-specialist audience … [Sudjic] deals with the cascade of names and denunciations, political shifts and relationships with agility and ease' - Edwin Heathcote, The Art Newspaper
About the Author
Deyan Sudjic is former Director of the Design Museum in London and architecture critic for the Observer. He has published many books on architecture and design for a popular audience, including The Edifice Complex: The Architecture of Power.