Posokhin, Mikhail

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Posokhin, Mikhail Vasil’evich


Born Nov. 30 (Dec. 13), 1910, in Tomsk. Soviet architect. People’s Architect of the USSR (1970). Member of the CPSU since 1961.

Posokhin studied at the Moscow Institute of Architecture from 1935 to 1938. He has served as chief architect of Moscow since 1960. From 1963 to 1967 he was both chairman of the State Committee of Civil Construction and Architecture of the State Committee for Construction of the USSR (Gosstroi) and deputy chairman of Gosstroi.

Posokhin co-designed apartment houses in Moscow in the following areas: Vosstanie Square (high-rise building; blueprint 1948; State Prize of the USSR, 1949; built 1950–54), Khoroshevo Highway (1950), Tchaikovsky Street (1952), and Kuusinen Street (1956). He helped plan and build Moscow’s residential area Khoroshevo-Mnevniki (from 1960), the Kremlin Palace of Congresses (1959–61; Lenin Prize, 1962), and the Kalinin Prospect area (1964–69), including the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance building complex (1969). Posokhin also worked on the resort complex in Pitsunda (1959–67) and on the USSR pavilions at the world’s fairs in Montreal (1967) and Osaka (1970). He directed the drafting of the general plan of Moscow to 1985, which was approved in 1971.

Posokhin was a deputy to the sixth through eighth convocations of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR and a delegate to the Twenty-second and Twenty-third Congresses of the CPSU. He has been awarded the Order of Lenin, three other orders, and various medals.


Gorod dlia cheloveka. Moscow, 1973.


“M. V. Posokhin,” Arkhitektura SSSR, 1970, no. 12.
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