The construction boom in Kaliningrad
Dmitry Navalikhin was a Soviet architect and artist, an apprentice of Academician Alexey V. Shchusev. Before the Great Patriotic War Dmitry Navalikhin worked in Leningrad. During the war he served in the Red Army, was engaged in drawing engineering structures. In 1948 he was sent to Kaliningrad, where he held the post of chief architect of the city until 1953, later (until 1957) he was a head of the regional department of construction and architecture. Navalikhin supervised the reconstruction and construction of Stalingradsky Avenue, developed the first project for the reconstruction of the city centre of Kaliningrad.
Yuri K. Pokrovsky was Soviet and Russian architect and artist, who worked in Leningrad, Krasnoyarsk and Ivanovo. He was the chief architect of Kaliningrad from 1966 to 1980 and took part in organization of the All-Union competition for the planning and development of the centre of Kaliningrad in 1971—1972.
During his term in office, Yuri Pokrovsky initiated the preservation and further development of green spaces and began to set a high value on the street furniture, landscaping, night lighting and artwork in advertising. As a chief architect, he supervised the restoration of surviving historic buildings.