NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION OF ARMENIA

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION OF ARMENIA

University with a 100-Year History

History

In October, 1921 Technical Faculty, the very first training center for architects and constructors in the country, with specialties in Architectural Engineering and Hydraulic Engineering and 38 students, opened at the newly established University of Yerevan. In the 1920s the process of staff training of Technical Faculty was aimed at solving up-to-date socio-economic problems. The invited lecturers in the newly established Faculty were the Armenian intellectuals closely acquainted with Russian and European cultures, among them architects: Alexander Tamanyan, Hovhannes Kajaznuni, Nikoghayos Buniatyan, hydrobuilder: Grigor Shirmazanyan, a number of famous scientists and lecturers, among them Alexander Hakobyan, Harutyun Zakyan, Hovhannes Navakatikyan, Zebet Khojanetyan, Arshak Tonyan, Levon Manucharyan, Levon Rotinyan, Kiryak Zavriev, Gurgen Oganezov, Ashot Ter-Mkrtchyan, Mikayel Varuncyan, Andrey Gasparyan, Tigran Jrbashyan, Freidon Aghalyan, Hakob Kojoyan, Mikayel Mazmanyan and Ara Sargsyan.

For 100 years of its existence, the educational institution of Architecture and Construction has prepared more than 30,000 professionals who have shaped the new lineament of our Homeland.

In 1927 Architectural Engineering specialty was renamed “Civil Construction”, and Hydraulic Engineering – “Construction of Roads and Hydraulic Structures”.

In 1928 the Technical Faculty gave its first seven graduates. In 1928-1930 the first graduates of the Technical Faculty had a wide range of work opportunities. They all became devotees of the establishment of the new Armenian architecture and construction art, laying solid foundations for new Armenia.

In 1930 the Construction Institute of the Armenian SSR was established on the basis of the Technical Faculty, and Mikayel Mazmanyan became the very first Director of the Institute.

In 1931-1932 the Institute had 465 students, 63% of whom were awarded scholarships.

In 1931 the Faculty of Hydraulic Engineering was closed.

In 1933 Yerevan Polytechnic Institute, with its two faculties – Construction and Chemical-Technology, was founded by merging the Construction and Chemistry-Technology institutes of the Armenian SSR. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of K. Marx’s death, the Institute was named after him. Mikayel Mazmanyan was appointed Director of the Institute.

In 1936 Hamazasp Ghantaghchyan, an engineer-architect, was appointed Director of the Institute.

In 1937 Ashot Melikjanyan, a hydraulic engineer, was appointed Director of the Institute.

In 1937 the training of engineer-architects in the Institute came to a halt, and resumed in the 1943-1944 academic year.

In 1937 the Institute gave the first graduates in Construction Economics.

In 1938 the Faculty of Construction was divided into two independent faculties: Construction and Hydraulic Engineering, which were merged in 1939 and the Construction Faculty was established with two specialties: “Industrial and Civil Construction” and “Hydraulic Engineering Construction”.

In 1939 two specialties were formed at the Faculty of Construction: “Industrial and Civil Construction” and “Hydraulic Engineering”.

In 1941 from the very first days of the Great Patriotic War, half of the Institute lecturers and students went to the front.

In 1943-1944 due to the increase in number of students, the Faculty of Construction was divided into Construction and Hydraulic Engineering faculties.

In 1944 the first Defense of Doctoral Dissertation in Construction took place in the Institute (dissertation defenders: lecturers Velikhan Valesyan, Vagharshak Hovsepyan).

In 1946 Petros Melkonyan, Engineer-Constructor was appointed Rector of the Institute.

In September, 1949 “Heat and Gas Supply and Ventilation” specialty was established in the Faculty of Construction.

In 1949 the admission to the Architecture program was halted and resumed in the 1951-1952 academic year.

In 1953 Part-time education system was established in the General Technical Faculty, and in 1956 evening and part-time faculties were established on the basis of the same Faculty.

In 1955 “Water Supply and Sewerage” specialty was developed.

On September 1, 1955 the central building of the new complex, designed by architect Artashes Mamijanyan, was put into operation.

In 1956 “Water Supply and Drainage” specialty was developed.

In 1957 the Faculty of Hydraulic Engineering of the Institute was dissolved, transferring its specialties to the Faculty of Construction.

In 1959 there were 6 specialties in the Faculty of Construction: “Industrial and Civil Construction”, “Architecture”, “Hydraulic Engineering”, “Automobile Roads”, “Water Supply and Sewerage”, “Heat and Gas Supply”.

In 1960-1961 “Industrial and Civil Construction” specialty was developed in Kirovakan branch.

In 1961 the technical school operating on the voluntary basis was established.

In 1962 the “Building Constructions and Structures” specialty was developed.

In 1965 Ashot Aslanyan was appointed Rector of the Institute.

In September, 1967 “Construction Economics and Organization” specialty was developed.

In 1968 the Construction Faculty was established in Kirovakan branch, which operated until 1992.

In 1972 the Professional Council for the Defense of Doctoral Dissertations in Architecture and Construction started its operation.

In 1974 the Faculties of Architectural Construction and Construction Engineering were established on the basis of the Construction Faculty.

In 1980 Rafael Movsisyan was appointed Rector of the Institute.

In 1989 by the decision of the Council of Ministers of the Armenian SSR, the Institute of Architecture and Construction was established on the basis of the relevant faculties and chairs of the Yerevan Polytechnic Institute. Arest Beglaryan was appointed Rector.

In 1990 the Faculties of Construction Technology and Transport were established.

In 1990 the Scientific Department was established at the Institute, and most of the staff was involved in the research activities.

In 1991 the Council for the Defense of Doctoral Dissertations in Construction was established which was promoted to doctoral level in 1994.

In June, 1991 the Postgraduate Department was established.

In 1996 YSUAC Basic College was established.

On July 7, 2000 by the decision of the RA Government, Yerevan Institute of Architecture and Construction was renamed Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction.

In 2006 Hovhannes Tokmajyan was appointed YSUAC Rector.

In 2007 the Secondary Vocational College after A. Tamanyan was merged with the University, becoming one of its units.

In 2011 the renovated university building of the Basic School after M. Abeghyan was put into operation.

In 2011 the newly built university building was put into use.

In 2011 as a symbol of friendship, a bust of Leonardo da Vinci, donated by the Italian “Ronaldo del Bianco” Foundation, was placed in the University yard.

In 2011 the 20th International Exhibition “The Best Thesis Papers in Architecture and Design” was organized at YSUAC.

In 2012 Taron Margaryan, the Mayor of Yerevan, became the Chairman of the University Council, and in 2014, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

In 2014 Gagik Galstyan, President of the Armenian Union of Builders was selected Rector of Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction.

In January, 2014 Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction was renamed National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia.

In November, 2015 “Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Armenia” program, implemented by National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia was granted the “Europa Nostra” International award.

In December, 2015 National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia received European institutional accreditation.

In October, 2016 National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia celebrated its 95th anniversary, attended by the representatives of the Armenian universities, delegates from the CIS countries, guests from the USA, Canada, France, Italy and other countries.

In December, 2019 NUACA Board of Trustees elected Yeghiazar Vardanyan, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor Acting Rector.

On November 16, 2020 at the session of the Board of Trustees, Yeghiazar Vardanyan, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor was elected Rector of the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia.

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