Well before graduating high school, it was apparent that Sergey loved art and was set on becoming an artist. He worked with pencil, pastel, charcoal, painted with oil, watercolor and gouache, and enjoyed wood carving, 3-D design and sculpting. He dreamed of pursuing formal training as an artist/painter in lieu of a more traditional college major. But the influence of his parents and society led him to choose the more pragmatic career path of becoming an architect. In 1975, Sergey was accepted to university at Odessa Architectural Academy, and with great honors graduated their 5-year program in 1980. Sergey had a unique aptitude for architectural drafting and design and was published in an architectural magazine profiling up-and-coming talent.