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The Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts ( USAAA )

The Chair of Industrial Design

The Ural school of design occupies a prominent place in design education in Russia. Its specific features are determined primarily by its geographic position in the centre of a major industrial zone of Russia and by its qualified staff.

The Chair of Industrial Design (formerly Chair of Industrial Art) was initiated in 1968 by the first rector of the Academy Professor N.S.Alferov. The true founder of the Chair was Professor Yu.A.Vladimirsky, Honorary Architect of the Russian Federation, who headed the Chair but also selected staff for it from among the specialists of the Ural Branch of the VNIITE institute, Ural Polytechnic, and design practitioners. Currently the Chair is headed by Associate Professor Ye.P.Postnikova. The staff of the Chair consists of 16 people.

In the 1990s the Chair introduced a three-stage training system whilst preserving the range of course work themes. Years 1 and 2 = fundamentals of composition and design; year 3 = design of toys, environmental approach in the design of equipment for home; year 4 = design of household tools and machines. In years 5 and 6 students are trained within studio settings in such programmes as the design of commodity goods, vehicles, and computer design. In line with socioeconomic changes which are taking place in Russia and the emergence of a market for designer services the Chair is doing its best to adapt the teaching methodologies to meet client needs.

Considerable organisational and methodological support in the training of students of design is provided by members of the Union of Designers of Russia , many of which are graduates of the Chair. In recent years the State Examination Board was chaired by Yu.V.Nazarov, President of the Union of Designers of Russia.

The Chair of Industrial Design is a basis for further specialisation in design. Thus, new design specialty chairs have been opened such as interior and graphic design, fashion design, art and composition, decorative art.

That the Chair is providing high quality education is confirmed by the fact that at international and national competitions entries by students of the Chair are awarded prizes (Grand Prix of the union of Designers of the Russian Federation, a prize at the national competition of graduate diploma projects, etc.).

Over 30 years of existence the Chair has published over a thousand designers, who work in every area of design as well as in interior and graphic design. Graduates of the Chair work in different countries, including USA, Germany, England, France, Israel.

N.Istratuk, 5th year, 10th semester. Design of a lighting fixture on strings Fish.
N.Istratuk, 5th year, 10th semester. Design of a lighting fixture on strings Fish.
Zh.Gumarova, 3rd year, 6th semester Design of a lighting fixture on strings UFO. Supervised by Assoc. Prof. Ye. P. Postnikova, Assoc. Prof. V.A.Kurochkin
Zh.Gumarova, 3rd year, 6th semester Design of a lighting fixture on strings UFO. Supervised by Assoc. Prof. Ye. P. Postnikova, Assoc. Prof. V.A.Kurochkin
D.Kislyakov, 4th year, 8th  semester Drilling tool. Supervised by Assoc. Prof. V.A.Vyaznikova, Assoc. Prof. O.L.Chunareva, Prof. Yu.A.Vladimirsky
D.Kislyakov, 4th year, 8th semester Drilling tool. Supervised by Assoc. Prof. V.A.Vyaznikova, Assoc. Prof. O.L.Chunareva, Prof. Yu.A.Vladimirsky
D.Kukanov, graduate project .Tool for tensioning strings of tennis rackets Supervised by Assoc. Prof. V.A.Bragin
D.Kukanov, graduate project .Tool for tensioning strings of tennis rackets Supervised by Assoc. Prof. V.A.Bragin
A.Bessolitsyn, graduate project Elements of the front panel of Niva off-road car Supervised by Assoc. Prof. A.V.Plyukhin
A.Bessolitsyn, graduate project Elements of the front panel of Niva off-road car Supervised by Assoc. Prof. A.V.Plyukhin
V.Pushkarev, graduate project City automobile Supervised by Assoc. Prof. B.F.Fedotov
V.Pushkarev, graduate project City automobile Supervised by Assoc. Prof. B.F.Fedotov
Kisliakov D., Graduate project. "Universal portable electric tools ." Supervised by Assoc. Prof.  V. A. Bragin.
Kisliakov D., Graduate project. "Universal portable electric tools ." Supervised by Assoc. Prof. V. A. Bragin.
A. Mysakova. Graduate project. "Communication system for comfortable indoor space". Supervised by Assoc. Prof.  V. A. Bragin.
A. Mysakova. Graduate project. "Communication system for comfortable indoor space". Supervised by Assoc. Prof. V. A. Bragin.
A.Mysakova, 3rd year, 5th semester. Toy :Port Pyrehus Supervised by Assoc. Prof. Ye. P. Postnikova, Assoc. Prof. V.A.Kurochkin
A.Mysakova, 3rd year, 5th semester. Toy :Port Pyrehus Supervised by Assoc. Prof. Ye. P. Postnikova, Assoc. Prof. V.A.Kurochkin

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