Alexander Chesnokoff



                         Текстовый редактор и интервьюер: Тимофей Порше.


За участие в конкурсе "Идеальная организация пространства архитектурной среды в синтезе современного стиля с классическим."

Курсы СПЕЦИАЛИСТ при МГТУ им. Баумана. 3DS MAX.

Курсы СПЕЦИАЛИСТ при МГТУ им. Баумана. AutoCAD.

Курсы СПЕЦИАЛИСТ при МГТУ им. Баумана. Java Script.

Курсы СПЕЦИАЛИСТ при МГТУ им. Баумана. Windows.

Курсы СПЕЦИАЛИСТ при МГТУ им. Баумана. PhotoShop.


В 2008г два месяца подряд Александр попадал в семёрку лучших по количеству сданных тестов на стертификат среди стран СНГ и РФ. Ему присылали журналы и аксессуары для ПК. Бонусом были скидки на прохождение курсов от СПЕЦИАЛИСТ. Которыми он так и не воспользовался, т.к. многое изучал самостоятельно.

Alexander Chesnokoff


Alexander was born in 1988 in Baku, Azerbaijan. When he was still in high school, he became very interested in computer programming and application programs. “My passion began with my hobby and my hobby grew out of my dream”, explains the architect. “When I was a child, the movie I admired was ‘Jurassic park’. It was my dream to become an animator and CG-artist. But most of all I wanted to work in Steven Spielberg studio”.

In high school, Alexander started exploring Assembler. This is a type of low-level programming language that helps to convert assembly language into machine language and vice versa; write quick console applications. Assembler is a foundation to learn deeper how a computer works. With the support of Ragim Geydarov, Mgr. from the Bauman Moscow State University, Alexander learned not only Assembler but other programming languages such as Pascal and Delphi. At the same time, he was also studying 2D animated vector graphics with the help of ActionScript. “While my classmates were obsessed with CS, I did my best to write resident programs (note: they remain loaded in memory even after they get deleted from the main shell program)”, says Alexander. “Later, I got my hands on a book about AutoCAD 2002 (note: this is a software for 2D and 3D modeling) and I wanted to draw 3D”.

Alexander mentions that when started learning Assembler, his analytical skills improved and it was much easier for him to learn AutoCAD. In six months, a school student could draw complex 3D models. Alexander wanted to go to the next level and start developing sophisticated software. He already knew Delphi, a language to build applications but he wanted more. A new teacher helped him to learn Visual Basic by Microsoft. Alexander also took easily to JavaScript syntax (it is used to build certain parts of websites and mobile apps), because he already knew ActionScript. Those were significant achievements for a school student and his success had not gone unnoticed.

“One day I was invited by the Institute of Invention and Business to try my hand at teaching computer programs”, recollects the architect. “There weren’t many people back then who knew AutoCAD well, the market was not crowded with specialists. In a word, I got my first student who was the son of the ex-architect of Sumgait city. I was earning peanuts, the money was enough to buy books and that was all. More than that, I couldn’t work officially because I was 13 years old! By my last school year, I was already known for my AutoCAD teaching abilities”.

Alexander early found out that he was good at drafting and technical drawing and so he entered Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction (according to QS Ranking, this is one of the best universities in developing countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia) for free tuition. He studied architectural environment design and study courses were easy for him including the mains. “I studied without breaking a sweat. I had full-time studies and received a scholarship because I got the high score for my entrance exams”. As the studies were easy enough, the young architect decided to try things out beyond the University and passed several tests to get a certificate of Specialist issued by the Bauman Moscow State University (this is, by the way, the leading computer center authorized by Microsoft). The results were impressive – for two months straight, Alexander was chosen as Top 7 in Russia and CIS and certificates confirmed his professional competence. “It was an exciting race. They were sending me magazines and computer accessories. And I was also offered Specialist courses at a discounted price but never accepted them, because I was studying many things myself”.

Later, Alexander entered a contest organized by Nariman Aliev, a known Azerbaijani architect. The theme of the contest was ‘Synthesis of Oriental and Contemporary Styles’. Alexander won a 500 manats prize. After the contest, Alexander was invited to participate in the international project competition organized by the head of the Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction. Architecture students from Spain, France, and Austria participated in the competition. Alexander’s project was called ‘Renovation of the Seaside Part of Baku in Bibi-Heybat area’. The architect says that the project “had no limits on the flight of fancy”. Alexander’s final research paper was so successful that it was sent to Saratov for another competition and Alexander was the second in the nomination of ‘City Planning’.

After graduation, Alexander moved to Moscow. “My soul was striving toward conquering the world”. This is how he started his career in architecture and programming became a hobby. However, it seemed to be a serious hobby because Alexander tried to write commands in AutoCAD using VBA and AutoLisp (scripts were helpful in writing my own commands that I used in my work), he studied post-processing in LightRoom and PhotoShop, learned how to use professional software for 3D modeling in 3ds Max (it was what he wanted to learn at school, but his computer had poor performance back then). Consequently, Alexander learned to work with numerous 3D plugins and software (Debris Maker, Corona Scatter, Corona Render, VRAY, Mental RAY, D5, Lumion). It all came in handy for Alexander’s work because he is an architect with great skills in architectural visualization.

He got his first professional experience in Agalarov Estate. This is a VIP new housing estate with its own golf academy and residential houses. Alexander worked on facades of buildings, commercial visualization, and design. What was most important is that he found himself among experienced architects and during four years, he learned a lot. He applied his experience when working on design documentation of a trading center ‘Zelenopark’ (Interstroy-M, Ltd.). By the ninth month of work Alexander’s section opened the first and invited the first tenants of the complex. Alexander explains what tasks he accomplished. “Each specialist in our team was responsible for supervision. I made a visualization of technical and architectural solutions for approval. Thanks to my spatial thinking skills, I helped the workers to avoid errors in ceiling, corners, slopes, and openings geometry”. Alexander’s efforts did not go unnoticed and engineer in-chief made him responsible for the ceiling geometry in the whole complex.

In 2016 Alexander was employed by the company Aglay as a person responsible for design documentation. He divided the facades of buildings into separate elements for further estimation. In a year, he moved to Status-Stroy company and his main task there was visualization. There was not much work to be done and Alexander worked remotely. In three months he resigned and was employed by a developer company CROCUS GROUP (Agalarov Estate is the project of this company). The new job was much more rewarding. The architect made visualizations of the bank DOM.RF offices in Vozdvizhenka and made 60 % of the visualization of IQ Tower, a residential skyscraper in Moscow City with the Moscow government’s head office. Medvedev D.A. was present at the opening of the tower. “It was a government facility of Moscow ministries”, explains the architect. “My job was closely connected with the design. I made visualization, was working at the constructions of the conference room and assembly hall, offices for ministers, toilet facilities, gyms, lift halls”.

In February 2021, Alexander made a decision to leave the company. “There was a crisis and I had to leave without saying goodbye(by as English). However, officially, I was dismissed at my own request”. He moved to SIMACH-M, but left at the beginning of 2022. Alexander is a developer, web designer, and brand designer for by SIMACH-M during 2021-2023.

Since January, Alexander works at SMU-161 in a special department of construction management in Rostec. At the moment, the architect is involved in the largest in Russia business park by Rostec state corporation called Rostec City.

At the same time, he continues to explore programming. During the lockdown, he refreshed his knowledge in PHP, MySQL. More than that, he learned to restart Apache24 servers and got a basic understanding of Django and Git; learned to host a web site on a dedicated server, port forwarding (i.e. router configuration, OS and firewall). “I’m learning a bit of Debian (Ubuntu, Kali), these are server operating systems. I’m getting to know setup, commands, server protection from attacks (fail2ban). I sometimes read memoirs, books on Python – high-level programming language. This is just my hobby”, humbly says Alexander.

Below is Alexanders’ professional background summary and certificates.


  • 2005 – entered the Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction;

  • 2008 – participated in a contest devoted to architectural environment space planning in the context of oriental and contemporary styles synthesis;

  • 2009 – graduated Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction;

  • 2009 – won second place in Saratov competition of final research papers;

  • 2010 – moved to Moscow, started working in Agalarov Estate;

  • 2014 – started working in Interstroy-M, Ltd. (trading center Zelenopark);

  • 2016 – started working in Aglai, Ltd.

  • 2017 to March – started working in Status-Stroy, Ltd.

  • 2017 to July – started working in CROCUS GROUP.

  • 2021 to May – started working in SIMACH-M, Ltd.

  • 2022 to January – started working in SMU-161, Ltd.

The editor and interviewer is Timofey Porshe.


For participation in a contest ‘Ideal architectural environment space planning in the context of oriental and contemporary styles synthesis’

CERTIFICATE ‘SPECIALIST’ by the Bauman Moscow State University. 3DS MAX

CERTIFICATE ‘SPECIALIST’ by the Bauman Moscow State University. AutoCAD

CERTIFICATE ‘SPECIALIST’ by the Bauman Moscow State University. Java Script

CERTIFICATE ‘SPECIALIST’ by the Bauman Moscow State University. Windows

ERTIFICATE ‘SPECIALIST’ by the Bauman Moscow State University. PhotoShop


P.S. In 2008 for 2 months straight, Alexander was in the top seven in the number of tests among other participants from CIS and the Russian Federation. They sent him magazines and computer accessories. He was also offered SPECIALIST courses at a discounted price but never accepted them because he was studying many things himself.