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Ivan R. Shumkov PhD

Ivan Shumkov is a New York based architect, entrepreneur, professor, scholar and curator. He is a pioneer in online education and founder of the BUILD ACADEMY, providing professional education for the building industry. He graduated with masters degrees from ETSA Barcelona, University of Florence, and Harvard University GSD, as a Fulbright scholar. He earned his PhD in Architecture in 2009 at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and Columbia University GSAPP, as fellow of the Fondation Le Corbusier. Dr. Shumkov has taught at NYU, Harvard University GSD, Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Parsons the New School for Design, International University of Catalonia, and ETSA Barcelona. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Harvard Alumni Association 2011-14 and as founding president of Harvard Architectural and Urban Society Alumni 2008-14. Dr. Shumkov is a licensed architect in Spain and Italy and principal of ISA – Ivan Shumkov Architects, a company working in the fields of architecture, urbanism, landscape and design with offices in New York. He has worked, lectured and exhibited his projects and research in Europe, Brazil, Colombia, China, and the USA.



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.


Masters of Architecture

Columbia University GSAPP

PhD Visiting Scholar

Doctoral Dissertation Work

Universidad Polytechica de Catalonia

2004-10 PhD in Architecture



Pole Europe Program

Harvard University GSD

Masters of Architecture II

Design, Real Estate, Technology, Leadership

University of Florence

Masters of Architecture

Laurea cum Laude

Grants & Awards

2009 Travel Grant for PhD Studies at Columbia University, AGAUR, Barcelona, Spain
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.




I have a deep-seated passion for travel and adventure. This year alone, I visited 21 cities in 18 countries throughout Asia and Europe on a 6 week to lecture and exhibit his work. Exploring cultures and immersing myself in their languages has always intrigued him. So far, I have lived in 7 countries, worked across 5 continents, and speak 9 languages. I enjoy connecting with people from all over the world, which I feel evolves me as a person and allows me to share his passion, skills and knowledge with others.