Georgy

Transdisciplinary Hustler
San Francisco, California, United States
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Born into a multicultural modernist paradise, Georgy spent his childhood surrounded by light, color, pattern and ornament, living in a land of symbols and legends, a bustling desert oasis along the spine of the Old Silk Road. At 16, geopolitical turbulence carried him thousands of miles north, into the bleak plains of central Russia. During a never-ending winter, while working at a former Soviet airplane factory he learned to carve out his own refuge there, creating worlds of wonder amidst a grey, unfamiliar and even hostile environment. Georgy’s itinerant life soon led him to a brighter chapter, landing him in San Francisco. He enrolled at the community college, taking his first creative design studio, then devouring every design course offering -- while working full-time jobs and learning English. Decamping next to the Pacific Northwest, he dove headfirst into an experimental graduate program, where he honed his critical thinking skills, explored entrepreneurial strategies, and expanded his understanding of design theory and practice. Georgy’s immersion in visually and culturally rich worlds have planted within him a source of inexhaustible inspiration. He carries a lasting desire to create environments and stories through which people experience the full pleasure-of-being. Building on his experience in design, art, architecture, and even hospitality, he is now gearing up to unleash his lush, all-encompassing environments of hedonism to the masses.

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Work Experience
Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects
Junior Designer
2016-2018
San Francisco, California, United States
Project Cheese
Store Lead
2013-2016
San Francisco, California, United States
2016-2018
San Francisco, California, United States
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While studying design and architecture at community college, I opened a pop-up restaurant in a vacant storefront for a year, introducing the best of Post-Soviet hospitality to my new San Francisco neighbors, and serving up comfort foods from the former Soviet Republics. Named best new pop-up by SFWeekly in their “Best of San Francisco” annual awards.Within the last few years I have successfully completed several pro bono design-build projects in both professional and academic environments: an experimental mobile playhouse for Rebuilding Together, a non-profit that serves the Peninsula’s most vulnerable residents; new street furniture and physical enhancements for an under-served city block for The Urban League of Portland; and a desert dwelling unit for the Yucca Valley Material Lab, Artist In Residence program. Each project came with its own distinct set of challenges, preparing me to work efficiently within tight time frames, making decisions on the fly, and in close collaboration with a diverse group of people from different professional and social backgrounds.I play piano, sing karaoke, and I dance to good tunes.Language skills:Russian (1st language / native speaker)Polish (informal conversational)Spanish (informal conversational)Uzbek (basic comprehension)

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Tell us why you're the best applicant in under 50 words

My graduate program and the Covid era’s relative seclusion encouraged unlimited reading, thought experiments, and the development of a philosophy that I can’t wait to apply in larger settings. It’s like spending hours at the most bountiful farmers’ market, and finding an invitation to the world’s greatest collaborative kitchen.

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Born into a multicultural modernist paradise, Georgy spent his childhood surrounded by light, color, pattern and ornament, living in a land of symbols and legends, a bustling desert oasis along the spine of the Old Silk Road. At 16, geopolitical turbulence carried him thousands of miles north, into the bleak plains of central Russia. During a never-ending winter, while working at a former Soviet airplane factory he learned to carve out his own refuge there, creating worlds of wonder amidst a grey, unfamiliar and even hostile environment. Georgy’s itinerant life soon led him to a brighter chapter, landing him in San Francisco. He enrolled at the community college, taking his first creative design studio, then devouring every design course offering -- while working full-time jobs and learning English. Decamping next to the Pacific Northwest, he dove headfirst into an experimental graduate program, where he honed his critical thinking skills, explored entrepreneurial strategies, and expanded his understanding of design theory and practice. Georgy’s immersion in visually and culturally rich worlds have planted within him a source of inexhaustible inspiration. He carries a lasting desire to create environments and stories through which people experience the full pleasure-of-being. Building on his experience in design, art, architecture, and even hospitality, he is now gearing up to unleash his lush, all-encompassing environments of hedonism to the masses.

1. What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?

Leaving most everything behind, and moving to the United States alone, without any family, and without knowing English.

2. How are creativity and innovation related?

Innovation inevitably flows from the creative process. We can observe a particular issue from every angle, break it down into as many pieces as possible, then reassemble it into all potential compositions, crossexamine meaning through other cultures and languages, introduce it to a stranger and ask them to make sense of it, examine under a microscope and look at it from outer space. ‘Manipulate’ it until innovation reveals itself. ‘Trust the Process’ sounds trite, but it has never failed me.

3. Why do companies need clarity and creativity?

Need? They technically don’t need it; plenty of companies survive without it, for better or worse. Perhaps I’d reposition the question as: why do the best companies rely on clarity and creativity? Within the company, clarity creates the internal focus needed to manage resources effectively and to strategically target desired outcomes. For clients, a company’s own clarity builds comfort with the brand, reinforcing client confidence and a sense of informed choice when making decisions.

4. You have 30 minutes of free time. What do you do with it?

Give yourself the best gift any able-bodied person can have: a walk outdoors. No electronic devices, no maps. I’ve yet to find a better way to process thoughts, make decisions or generate new ideas.

5. What is one risky and bold goal in life you have? Or, if you could dedicate your life to solving one problem, what would it be?

I would love to figure out a subtle and effective way to let people know that they are in charge of their own stories. They write the rules and set goals and methods of reaching them. That realization is literally life-changing. It’s world-changing.

6. Explain your creative process

Capitalism, which can catalyze innovation, can also fail if the creative process ends after answering the questions of WHAT (product) and HOW (to design/manufacture). My creative process emphasizes the WHY, which encourages me to envision possibilities beyond the given. My most innovative solutions arrive as a result of applying established design methodology (generative research, observation, inquiry, iteration, prototyping, storytelling, discovery by failure, etc.) to my practice.

7. What is the best advice that you have been given?

Reality isn’t a given, it’s in a constant process of being crafted by all of us. So why not make it the way you want it? Design for the world you want to inhabit, not for the perpetuation of the status quo.

8. What is your definition of creativity?

An ever-expanding inventory of methods and experiences, with which we imaginatively envision and actualize new futures.

9. What 10 songs are on your favorite playlist right now?

Remi Wolf - Photo ID Anderson .Paak - King James Thundercat - Funny Thing Blood Orange - Dark & Handsome Toro Y Moi - Ordinary Pleasure Jazmine Sullivan - Let it Burn Lianne La Havas - Unstoppable Easy Life, Arlo Parks - Sangria DRAMA - Hold On Roisin Murphy - Jealousy

10. How do you want people to remember you?

Someone: With a disarming smile Whose accent you can’t quite pin down Who brings instant comfort Who presents familiar qualities yet expresses themself with a refreshing distinction Who doesn't have a script Who is assertive yet soft Who is opinionated but not imposing Who is direct but not offensive Who kills bad vibes with empathy Who is a relentless enthusiast Who you want to go on an adventure with Who you feel you could talk to forever, about everything you want to talk about Who you can’t wait to meet again, even as you haven't even finished your current conversation Who you’re feeling conflicted about, whether to introduce to your friends or keep him all to yourself

Have you been convicted of a crime and/or a felony? If so, what was the offense? State the city, country, and date.

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You should select me because

My graduate program and the Covid era’s relative seclusion encouraged unlimited reading, thought experiments, and the development of a philosophy that I can’t wait to apply in larger settings. It’s like spending hours at the most bountiful farmers’ market, and finding an invitation to the world’s greatest collaborative kitchen.

Why are you interested in this opportunity?

What are you looking to gain from an opportunity like this?

What would be your goals after completing this engagement?

4. How did you hear about wgi?

Share an example of a time you were most motivated and a time you were most demotivated.

In your opinion, what creates a great culture at a company?

What brands and companies do you admire and why?

What do you do to stay sharp and improve your craft?

What’s your favorite quote?

10. If you could solve one problem in the world what would it be?

Bio

Born into a multicultural modernist paradise, Georgy spent his childhood surrounded by light, color, pattern and ornament, living in a land of symbols and legends, a bustling desert oasis along the spine of the Old Silk Road. At 16, geopolitical turbulence carried him thousands of miles north, into the bleak plains of central Russia. During a never-ending winter, while working at a former Soviet airplane factory he learned to carve out his own refuge there, creating worlds of wonder amidst a grey, unfamiliar and even hostile environment. Georgy’s itinerant life soon led him to a brighter chapter, landing him in San Francisco. He enrolled at the community college, taking his first creative design studio, then devouring every design course offering -- while working full-time jobs and learning English. Decamping next to the Pacific Northwest, he dove headfirst into an experimental graduate program, where he honed his critical thinking skills, explored entrepreneurial strategies, and expanded his understanding of design theory and practice. Georgy’s immersion in visually and culturally rich worlds have planted within him a source of inexhaustible inspiration. He carries a lasting desire to create environments and stories through which people experience the full pleasure-of-being. Building on his experience in design, art, architecture, and even hospitality, he is now gearing up to unleash his lush, all-encompassing environments of hedonism to the masses.

You should pick me becuase

My graduate program and the Covid era’s relative seclusion encouraged unlimited reading, thought experiments, and the development of a philosophy that I can’t wait to apply in larger settings. It’s like spending hours at the most bountiful farmers’ market, and finding an invitation to the world’s greatest collaborative kitchen.

Why are you interested in this opportunity?

What are you looking to gain from an opportunity like this?

What would be your goals after completing this engagement?

4. How did you hear about wgi?

Share an example of a time you were most motivated and a time you were most demotivated.

In your opinion, what creates a great culture at a company?

What brands and companies do you admire and why?

What do you do to stay sharp and improve your craft?

What’s your favorite quote?

10. If you could solve one problem in the world what would it be?

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