He studied in the Petersburg. AH (1878-1882). Studied and popularized by the ancient architect. monuments, especially wooden architecture. Hands. the restoration of the Cathedral in Pskov, Pereslavl, Novgorod. Issl. old Russian architecture.
Student of the Academy of arts from 1878 he Received medals: in 1897 – 1 silver; in 1881 – 2 gold. In 1882 – the title of class artist of 1 degree for the "project of the theater with 2,000 people in the capital city." In 1882 – 1883 he was sent by the Academy of fine arts, to study the monuments of ancient Russian art in the Vologda and Arkhangelsk province. In 1886, the title of academician. Member of the Academy of fine arts since 1893; member of the Board of the Academy of arts from 1905 to 1910, Professor of the Higher art school at Academy of arts. Was in charge of academic publishing under the title: "Monuments of ancient Russian architecture". Known for his research in the field of ancient art.