The editor-in-chief of the “Privolzhsky Scientific Journal” is Anna Lazarevna Gelfond - academician of the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences, Doctor of Architecture, Professor, Head of the Department of Architectural Design of the Nizhny Novgorod State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (NNGASU), chief architect of the NNGASU Architectural Workshop. Chairman of the Volga territorial branch of the RAASN. Honorary worker of higher professional education of the Russian Federation. Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation. Laureate of the Russian Government Prize in the field of education (2022).

Graduated from GISI with honors in 1978. She worked at the design institute “Nizhegorodgrazhdanproekt”. Since 1993 at the Department of Architectural Design of NNGASU, since 2002 head of the department. In 1996 she graduated from graduate school at Moscow Architectural Institute, and in 2002 from doctoral studies at Moscow Architectural Institute. Doctor of Architecture since 2002. Professor since 2003.

Head of educational programs in the field of training Architecture at NNGASU. Diploma projects and master's theses completed under the guidance of A.L. Gelfond, are annually awarded 1st degree Diplomas of the Interregional Public Organization for the Promotion of Architectural Education (MOOSAO), Diplomas of the RAASN, the Union of Architects of the Russian Federation, and the International Association of Unions of Architects (IASA). repeatedly awarded the MOOSAO Diploma “For Pedagogical and Creative Excellence.”

In 2023, she was awarded the Diploma of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation “The Best Master Mentor” following the results of the Year of the Teacher-Mentor.

Chairman of the scientific and methodological council in the direction of Architecture of the Federal UMO for UGN Architecture. Author of more than 360 scientific and educational works: monographs, illustrated catalogs of architectural monuments of Nizhny Novgorod and the Nizhny Novgorod region (head of the team of authors, executive editor, 2011-2024); textbooks recommended by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, among them: “Architectural design of public spaces” (2013), “Architectural design of public buildings” (2016, 2023), recommended by FUMO Architecture, electronic textbook “Architecture of public buildings” (2022), recommended by RAASN, electronic textbook “Architecture of public Buildings” (2023).

The author, as part of a team of authors, of more than 150 buildings and projects, including the Oktyabrskaya Hotel, the ensemble for the improvement of People's Unity Square, scientific and design documentation for the preservation of cultural heritage sites, the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin and the Chkalov Stairs, projects for the improvement of public spaces.

Chairman of the dissertation council at NNGASU in specialties 2.1.11. Theory and history of architecture, restoration and reconstruction of historical and architectural heritage, 2.1.12. Architecture of buildings and structures. Creative concepts of architectural activity.

Scientific supervisor of 14 candidates of architecture, 2 PhD in architecture under joint supervision with scientists from France, scientific consultant of 5 doctors of architecture.

Member of the Academic Council on Architecture and the Academic Council for the Preservation and Development of Cultural Heritage Objects of the RAASN, the Architectural Council under the Ministry of Urban Planning and Agglomeration Development of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, the Scientific Expert Council of the Department of State Protection of Cultural Heritage Objects of the Nizhny Novgorod Region. RAS expert. Member of the Board of the Nizhny Novgorod branch of the Union of Architects of Russia.