This specialisation was founded in 1947. The
Chair was set up in 1967 by Professor N.S.Alferov. The Chair has been
brought to its current level through the effort of 35 people. Currently
the Chair is headed by Professor A.V.Popov. The staff consists of 9
people, including 3 professors, 3 associate professors and 3 senior
lecturers). Over the history of the chair 3 members were awarded doctoral
degrees, and 32 ‘candidate’ degrees.
The Chair focuses its activities on the design and
reconstruction of industrial sites; formation of new types of industrial
plants, buildings and structures; adaptation of existing buildings to new
technologies and processes; re-cultivation of disturbed landscapes;
integrated development of urban environment; comprehensive use of
The main areas of research are:
The revival of the historic mining heritage in the
Urals; industrial town planning; heavy industry, agroindustrial plants.
The Chair has published a large number of monographs, manuals, collected
works, standards and programme documents and over 500 articles in central
and local journals and publications including “Architects of the Old
Urals” (N.S.Alferov), “Russian Plant Towns. 18th – First Half of the
19th Century” (R.M.Lotareva), “Architectural Design of Industrial
Buildings and Structures” (N.S.Alferov, A.V.Popov), etc.
Practical projects include Alapayevsk Metallurgical
Works, Casting and Forging Plant for Uralmash Company, cold rolling plant
for Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Works, pipe-rolling plants, electric
smelting plant (awarded a prize at a national competition); reconstruction
and improvement projects for Uralvagonzavod, Chemical Machine Engineering
Plant, Nevyansk Mechanical Plant, etc.; reconstruction of the central part
of Ekaterinburg, planning designs for districts and living quarters,
blocks of flats, cult buildings, and civil architecture in the Urals.
The ambition of the Chair is to train specialists who
are capable of resolving challenging professional issues. High level of
its graduates is confirmed by prizes which are awarded to competition
entries submitted by the Chair to international and national competitions.