GEORGI IVANOV PETROV

SPACE ARCHITECT

e-mail: gpetrov (at) alum.mit.edu
www: www.gpetrov.com

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SHORT BIOGRAPHY
Georgi Petrov is a specialist in high-performance architecture, particularly in the area of habitats for human space exploration on the surfaces of other planets.
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He holds graduate degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For his M.Arch thesis he designed a permanently inhabited settlement on Mars. Subsequently he tested some of the ideas at the Mars Society Desert Research Station in Utah and further developed the project as the lead architect on the MarsHome project of the Mars Foundation.
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Mr. Petrov is a registered architect in New York and a registered professional engineer in Michigan.
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He is also a partner, designer, and lead engineer at Synthesis International.
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Mr. Petrov has experience as a project architect at Laguarda.Low Architects, specializing in mixed-use and retail projects in Eastern Europe and Russia. Currently he is an engineer at the structures group at the New York office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where he works on highrises and specialty glass and steel structures.
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Georgi was born in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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PROFESSIONAL LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS

- Architect - New York State

- Professional Engineer - Michigan

- LEED AP BD+C

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AFFILIATIONS
Synthesis International
Partner - Engineer/Designer

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics [AIAA] Space Architecture Technical Committee
Member

American Institute of Architects [AIA]
Member

International association for Bridge and Structural Engineering [IABSE]
Member

Mars Foundation
Programming Team – Architecture and Structural Engineering Lead

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EDUCATION
Master of Architecture (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, January 2004)

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, December 2000)

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, May 1999)

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. New York, USA (07/08-Present)
Senior Structural Engineer
Projects: King Abdulah Finintial Center Conference Center - Saudi Arabia, Grand Stadium and Tennis Centre for Kuwait University - Kuwait, Denver Union Station - Denver USA, North Mosque - Bahrain Bay Bahrain, Busan Lotte World - Busan South Korea.
Structural design in steel, concrete, and glass. Presentation drawings, DD, Bid documents, and CDs.

Laguarda.Low Architects. Dallas, USA (10/04-07/07)
Project Architect
Projects: Grand Galleria - Burgas, Bulgaria, Galleria Varna - Varna Bulgaria, Avenue Mall – Zagreb Croatia, Planeta Center - Krasnoyarsk Russia, Obolon Center – Kiev Ukraine.
Master planning, Architectural design, Project Management.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. Chicago, USA (03/01-06/01, 04/04-10/04)
Structural Engineering Intern
Projects: Jubilee Park Pavilion - London, Millennium Park – Chicago, Chemsunny Plaza – Beijing, Freedom Tower – New York, Rachofsky Residence – Dallas, Moscow Tower – Moscow, Audobon Insectarium – New Orleans.
Structural design in steel, concrete, and glass using American, British, and Chinese codes. Presentation drawings, DD, Bid documents, and CDs.

Fitch-Fitzgerald, Inc. Architects, Engineers Champaign, USA (05/99-01/01)
Architectural Intern
Projects: Midrise Residential, Single Family, Educational
Critically involved in development of a new design process for the firm. Preliminary Design, Presentation Drawings, Structural Design, Construction Documents, Site Visits, Web Page Management, Meetings with clients, product representatives and contractors.

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TEACHING and LECTURING EXPERIENCE
spring, 2010 Columbia School of Architecture New York, NY, USA

co-critic (with Yoshiko Sato): “Space Studio IV: Lunar Hab Module” advanced design studio

spring, 2009 Yale School of Architecture New Haven, CT, USA
co-critic (with William Sharples): “Spaceport Master Planning” advanced design studio

spring, 2009 Columbia School of Architecture New York, NY, USA
co-critic (with Yoshiko Sato): “Space Studio lII: Space Hotel LEO” advanced design studio

Department of Architecture
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (09/01-12/03)
Teaching Assistant:
4.401 Introduction to Building Technology – Fall 2001
4.440 Basic Structural Theory – Spring 2003
4.463 Structures II – Fall 2003

Dept. of Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Grader:
CEE 361 Methods of Structural Analysis – Fall 2000

NetMath - Distance Education Program (10/95 - 05/99)
Dept. of Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Mentor for Calculus I, II and III.

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LECTURES

INVITED

AIA NY panel discussion Considering the Quake - "Earthquakes: How Well Are We Prepared?" - 24.March.2014

Design [realized] - "KAFD Conference Center: An Integrated Design/Analysis Approach" - 21.February.2013

Structural Engineers Association of New York in association with Archtober 2013 - "Structure + Architecture, An Integrated Design & Analysis Approach" - 16.October.2012

SOM Professional Development Committee Lecture Series - 15.August.2005

CONFERENCE

2013 ASCE Structures Congress, May 2-4, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
'King Abdullah Financial District Conference Center'

2010 40th International Conference on Environmental Systems, July 11
‘Optimization of Inflatable Spacecraft Interior Volume Using Constraints Driven Design’

2005 36th International Conference on Environmental Systems, July 11-14
‘Variants on the TransHab Paradigm (2): The Surface Endoskeletal Inflatable Module (SEIM)’
‘A Permanent Settlement on Mars: The Architecture of the Mars Homestead Project’

2004 Mars Society 7th International Conference, August 19 -22
‘In-situ Martian Construction: MDRS Crew22 Masonry Construction Simulation’

2004 35th International Conference on Environmental Systems, July 19-22

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PUBLICATIONS

Charles Besjak, Preetam Biswas, Georgi I. Petrov, Gavin Meinschein, Alexander Jordan, " New Heights in Sustainability—Pertamina Energy Tower", Proceedings of Structures Congress 2015, Portland, OR, 23-25 April 2015.

Lévy, François, Georgi Petrov, Constance Adams, " Colonize the Colony Ship" AIAA-2014-, AIAA Space 2014 Conference, 4–7 August 2014, San Diego, California, USA.

Charles Besjak, Preetam Biswas, Georgi I. Petrov, "Geometric Optimization of Kuwait University Stadium and Tennis Centre", Proceedings of Structures Congress 2013, Pittsburgh, PA, 2-4 May 2013.

Charles Besjak, Preetam Biswas, Georgi I. Petrov, Blake Altshuler, "King Abdullah Financial District Conference Center", Proceedings of Structures Congress 2013, Pittsburgh, PA, 2-4 May 2013.

Georgi Petrov, Kat S. Park, Constance Adams, "Optimization of Inflatable Spacecraft Interior Volume Using Constraints Driven Design" AIAA 2010-6070, Proceedings of the 40th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), Barcelona, Spain, 11-15 July 2010.

Lévy, François, Georgi Petrov, Constance Adams, "Lunar Regolith Particles in Outposts" AIAA-2009-6585, AIAA Space 2009 Conference, 14-17 September 2009.

Adams, Constance, Georgi Petrov, C. Ciardullo, F. Levy, A. Clinton, “Optimized Architecture for Passenger Spacecraft” AIAA-2008-7834, AIAA Space 2008 Conference, 09-11 September 2008.

Adams, Constance, and Georgi Petrov. “Spaceport Master Planning: Principles and Precedents” AIAA-2006-7325, 2nd AIAA International Space Architecture Symposium, San Jose, CA, USA, September 2006.

Mackenzie, Bruce, Georgi Petrov, Frank Crossman. “Mars Homestead: Conceptual Design of a Mars Base Constructed from Local Materials” AIAA-2006-7472, AIAA Space2006 Conference, San Jose, CA, USA 19-21 September 2006.

Petrov, Georgi, C. Adams, K. Steinfeld, D. Jajich. “Constraints Driven Design of a Surface Inflatable Habitat Module” (SAE 2006-01-2101). Proceedings of the 36th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), Norfolk, VA, USA, 17-20 July 2006.

Adams, Constance M., and Georgi Petrov. “The Surface Endoskeletal Inflatable Module [SEIM].” Proceedings of Earth and Space 2006 – 10th biannual ASCE conference on Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Challanging Environments. League City/Houston, TX, USA, 5–8 March, 2006.

Petrov, Georgi, James Harris. “In-Situ Martian Construction – MDRS Crew 22 Masonry Construction Simulation” On to Mars 2: Exploring and Settling a New World. Edited by Frank Crossman and Robert Zubrin. Apogee Books 2005. pgs. 126-131.

Petrov, Georgi, John Ochsendorf. “Building on Mars.” Civil Engineering Magazine, October 2005, pgs. 46-53.

Adams, Constance, Georgi Petrov. “Variants on the TransHab Paradigm (2): The Surface Endoskeletal Inflatable Module (SEIM)” (SAE 2005-01-2847). 35th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), Rome, Italy, 11-14 July 2005.

Petrov, Georgi, Bruce Mackenzie, Mark Homnick, Joseph E Palaia. “A Permanent Settlement on Mars: The Architecture of the Mars Homestead Project” (SAE 2005-01-2853). 35th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), Rome, Italy, 11-14 July 2005.

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PUBLICATIONS of design work

Metropolis, May 2007 “Space-Age Wisdom”, pg 24.

Wired, October 2006 ““Birdhouse:Peep Space Mine”

Aerospace America, December 2005 “Year In Review – Design engineering”, pg 69. Aerospace America, December 2005 “Year In Review – Design engineering”, pg 69.

Metropolis, October 2005 “Design Prescription: The Hospital Bed”, pgs 130-131.

Modern Marvels, The Arch. First aired on 12 January 2005. A&E Television Networks. Distributed by New Video.

SOM Journal 1, 2001 “Case Studies: Glass and Steel Structural Systems”, pgs 121-127.