Iosif Langbard

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Iosif Langbard

Iosif Grigor’evich Langbard, also Josef Langbard (Bielsk Podlaski, Grodno Governorate January 6, 1882 - Leningrad, January 3, 1951) was a Soviet Belarus architect and Honored Artist of the Byelorussian SSR (1934).

Langbard studied architecture at the Grekov Odessa Art school in 1901 and then St. Petersburg Academy of Arts (1907-1914), and later returned there to teach becoming a professor from 1939-1950. He was the architect of many of most important Soviet-era buildings in Minsk including the Government Building of the BSSR (be:Дом урада, Мінск 1930–33), the Minsk Officers’ House (1934–39), the Byelorussian Theater of Opera and Ballet (1935–38), and the Academy of Sciences of the BSSR (1935–39).[1][2] Langbard also worked on buildings in Kiev after it became the Ukrainian capital,[3] such as the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Ukraine.




  1. ^ Great Soviet Encyclopedia Langbard, Iosif Grigor’evich
  2. ^ Centropa: a journal of central European architecture and related arts:4 2004 "Almost all these buildings were designed by the architect Iosiph Langbard. The light grey facades of the mostly simple ground-plans of the buildings are remarkable examples of architecture representing a cross between Russian ..."
  3. ^ Kiev Ancient and Modern City Mykola Fedorovych Kotliar, "After the Ukrainian capital was moved to Kiev construction started on the central government square over the Dnieper Hills (architect IG Langbard). "

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