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[–] Russiandude [S] ago 

I know nothing about American architecture except that it cannot be much older than 200 years in most places. I may suggest an overall decline in spirituality and lack of goals transcending a single lifespan as a more universal reason over the world.

However, I'm sure that in case of Russia decades of Communist rule had a direct causal relationship, not that trivial as it could seem. Soviet architecture was ok until around 1960s, when it took an abrupt nosedive. It coincides with the time when old architects, who grew up and studied in the Russian Empire from Russian and european professors, went extinct naturally. Communism can utilize talent, brutally but effectively, but it's "talent management" is unsustainable. If your ideology officially denies individual worth, and is only interested in large organized homogeneous groups, it's hard to imagine geniuses bloom under its rule.