This is one of the leading graduate training Chairs at
the Academy. It trains town planners and landscape architects. Graduates
of this Chair practice as chief architects of cities and towns in
municipal architectural departments, design institutes and firms.
The Chair has a 12-strong staff, of which two are
honorary architects of Russia, two professors, six ‘candidate’ degree
holders, Chief Architect for Sverdlovsk Oblast.
The Chair is headed by Professor V.A.Kolyasnikov. The
Chair conducts research in the following areas: sustainable development of
settlements; ecologicalrehabilitation of environment, conservation and
re-use of monuments of history and culture, landscape design, development
of transport networks.
The staff of the Chair collaborate with institutions of
the Russian Academy of Sciences, design master plans for cities and towns,
detailed plans for city centres and districts, improvement and landscaping
projects. The Chair is a centre of the Ural region for studies focusing on
the historic art heritage of the region, design of architectural historic
maps and conservation zones for historic sites. Recently the staff of the
Chair have been involved in new types of work such as economic, planning
and ecological zoning projects, elaboration of planning and land use
codes, design of sustainable urban development models. Work is under way
to create new types of urban projects such as technopolyses, ecological
technoparks, sites of sustainable development.
The staff of the Chair conduct research under major
federal and inter-university programmes such as “Radioactive
Rehabilitation of the Ural Region”; “Peoples of Russia – Revival and
Development”; “Architecture and Building Construction”. Together
with the Institute of Industrial Ecology of the Ural Division of the
Russian Academy of Sciences a comprehensive ecological assessment of the
city of Kamensk-Uralsky was carried out; a city planning regulation
project has been mplemented, and a concept for a new master plan designed.
Considering ecological and economic conditions, revitalisation planning
projects have been drawn up for Ekaterinburg, Pervouralsk, Revda,
Chelyabinsk, Orsk, Specialists of the Chair took part in the design of a
district zoning plan for Ekaterinburg and a Building Code for Sverdlovsk
The wealth of experience accumulated by the staff of
the Chair in the training of urban planners has been implemented in the
manuals “Ecological approach to the design of town planning
compositions” and “Regional Features of Town Planning in the Urals”,
which were awarded mentions at Russian competitions
“Architecture’94” and “Architecture’96”.