Ivan R. Shumkov PhD
My passion for architecture led me to live and study in Sofia, Florence, Munich, Barcelona, Zurich, Paris, Boston and New York. For me, studying while earning scholarships was a way to meet extraordinary people, learn new knowledge and skills, and live in beautiful cities. I acquired some of the highest education in architecture, graduating at the age of 29 with 4 masters’ degrees and a PhD, from some of the world’s top universities such as ETSA Barcelona, University of Florence, Harvard University GSD, Columbia GSAPP, and the Polytechnic of Catalonia. I took every opportunity that I had to go further and beyond the traditional academic path. I started and led student and professional organizations, did exhibits, organized conferences, which planted the seeds and prepared me for what my work would became out into the “real world” outside of Academia.
Universidad Polytechica de Catalonia
2004-10 PhD in Architecture
Grants & Awards
2008 International Students Award, Harvard University GSD, USA
2008 Unsung Hero Award, Alumni Council, Harvard University GSD, USA
2007-08 Real Colegio Complutense Fellowship, Harvard University, USA
2006-08 International Employment Award, Harvard University GSD, USA
2006-08 Young Researchers Fellowship, Fundation Le Corbusier, Paris, France
2006-08 Fulbright Graduate Studies Grant for Harvard University GSD, USA
2005-08 Doctoral Studies Grant, Government of Catalonia, Spain
2002-03 Erasmus-Socrates Exchange Program for ETSA Barcelona, UPC, Spain
2001 Travel Grant for Studies in Munich, Germany, ARDSU, Florence, Italy
2000-04 Undergraduate Studies Full Grant, ARDSU, Florence, Italy
While studying at Harvard University, Ivan has created the Harvard European Club, which he lead until his graduation in 2008. In the same year he created the Harvard Alumni Architectural and Urban Society, as a New York based NGO with more than 2000 members, of which he was the president until 2015. The organization hosted events related to architecture, urban design, real estate and continues to flourish. In parallel, he was a board member of the Harvard Allumni Association serving on its careers and educational committees.