Open International Competition for the development of a master plan for the territory adjacent to the Samara Arena stadium

29 February – 19 June 2020
Samara, Samara Region

The Open International Competition for the development of a master plan for the territory adjacent to the Samara Arena stadium was initiated by the Samara Region Development Corporation and is supported by the government of the Samara Region and the Samara Urban District Administration. The Agency for Strategic Development CENTER was chosen as the operator for the study and the competition procedure.

This is one of the first projects aimed at converting the sports venues that were built especially for the FIFA World Cup 2018 into hubs for urban development and community, business, and cultural life. The competition is part of the comprehensive work that began in the region back in 2019. The work has included an analytical study and a professional competition in architecture and urban planning.

Competition subject. The land of approximately 360 hectares, located around the Samara Arena stadium within the boundaries of Tashkent, Democratic, Volzhsky Highways and Moscow Highway in the city of Samara.

Objective. To develop an effective and economically sound concept of integrated development (master-plan) of the territory located around the Samara Arena stadium.

Format. International, two-stage, open.

Participants. Russian and foreign organizations in the field of integrated development of territories and urban planning, architecture, design, and elaboration of concepts for the development of public spaces and capable of attracting specialists in the field of economics, finances, and content programming to the team.

Jury. Representatives of state authorities of the Samara oblast (region) and the municipal body of Samara, experts in the spheres of architecture, economics, marketing, urban planning, integrated land development.

Dmitry AzarovGovernor of the Samara Region, head of the judging panel

The territory adjacent to the Samara Arena stadium is currently a major landmark that attracts both locals from all over the region, and numerous tourists. The legacy of the FIFA World Cup, which Samara successfully hosted in 2018, is being put to good use. Our goal is not just to preserve the infrastructure that we have already created, but also to provide the development of this promising venue with new momentum. That was our motivation behind hosting this international competition. I am confident that the best architects and public space designers will be able to present interesting solutions that will be unique in many respects and will transform this territory into a magnet for locals and guests from all over the world.

Finalists. According to results of the selection stage, finalists were selected on the basis of a relevant portfolio and essays, and will be engaged in the development of proposals.

Prize fund. The three finalists who develop the final bids will be paid a fee totaling 2,400,000 rubles, including all taxes and fees. Following a meeting of the jury, the finalists, will receive an additional payment in accordance with prize distribution, including all taxes and fees, in the following amounts: 

Winner – 3,600,000 rubles. 

Second place – 2,400,000 rubles. 

Third place – 1,200,000 rubles. 

The total Prize Fund, including all taxes and fees, will be 14,400,000 rubles.


Consortium led by LLC Drees and Sommer (Moscow)

  • CSIGHT GmbH (Hamburg)
  • Center of Competence for Major Housing Estates (Berlin)

Consortium led by IND architects (Moscow)

  • UNStudio (Amsterdam)
  • AB "DOM" (Samara)
  • KNIGHT FRANK (Moscow)
  • Spectrum Holding (Moscow)
  • JTP (London)
  • NIITDH (Moscow)

Consortium led by KPMG Joint Stock Company (Moscow)

  • LAND Srl (Milan)
  • LLC "Architectural Bureau Asadova" (Moscow)
  • FSBEI of HE "Samara State Technical University" (Samara)

Consortium led by AURORA GROUP (Moscow)

  • PwC (UK, London)
  • AUKETT SWANKE (London)
  • PHOSPHORIS (Paris)


  • Dmitriy AzarovDmitriy AzarovSamara Region Governor, head of the judging panel
  • Anatoly BarannikovAnatoly BarannikovFirst Deputy Minister of Construction of the Samara Region, Chief Architect of the Samara Region
  • Anna BeregovskihAnna BeregovskihHead of ITP Grad, Chairman of the Council of the National Guild of Urban Planners
  • Igor GalakhovIgor GalakhovHead of the Office of the Chief Architect of the Administration of the Samara City District
  • Alexander KarpushkinAlexander KarpushkinDeputy Chairman of the Government of the Samara Region
  • Elina KrasilnikovaElina KrasilnikovaGeneral Director of the ALTS Green ART architectural and landscape bureau
  • Vladimir PlotkinVladimir PlotkinChief Architect, Founding Partner TPO “RESERVE”
  • Valeri PoliValeri PoliPartner of the Architectural Bureau Valode & Pistre Architectes
  • Alexander PuzanovAlexander PuzanovGeneral Director of the Institute for Urban Economics Foundation
  • Maxim SoiferMaxim SoiferGeneral Director of the Corporation for the Development of the Samara Region
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