Amid the businessmen and other locals who flock to the restaurant, conversations about design are a constant.
At Strelka, the bar is not just part of the institute, it also helps fund it. About $1 million in annual profits from the restaurant help support the institute's nearly $6.5 million yearly budget.
The Kremlin is visible from the institute, which is housed in a series of buildings once occupied by an old Soviet-era chocolate factory, located on Balchug Island in the Moscow River.
Translators are a common sight at Strelka. The institute requires students to speak English, and lectures by architects and planners in other languages are translated.