The rather glorious Dynamo Restaurant in Kiev, Ukraine (completed in 1934) by architect and urban planner Joseph Yulievich Karakis (1902-1988) with thanks to wadco2 CC BY SA 3.0. Born into an educated family, he attended school in Balta in the Russian republic, Karakis supplementing his education with drawing classes in the evening. By the time he was 16 he was working as a set painter in a theatre. He became swept up in the politics of the period and in 1919 he volunteered as an artist for the famous Agitation Train. In 1923 he formalised his art education entering the Kiev Art Institute graduating in architecture in 1929. He was prolific in Kiev, building many major and minor projects including the National Museum of the Ukraine and the Jewish Theatre. He spent the war working on industrial plants in Rostov and in Tashkent. Post war he was offered the position of Chief of the Institute of the art industry of USSR Academy of Architecture, a highly prestigious position, however less than three years later he was deemed unsuitable politically and was fired. This did not end his career and arguably triggered a hugely prolific period. He focused on education, building huge numbers of schools with his team from 1953 to 1975. He is credited with designing more than two thousand educational establishments, and four thousand buildings across all his designs. Today many of Kiev’s architectural jewels are Karakis’ buildings.