Monday, March 5 2018 18:40
Alina Hovhannisyan

Armenian designers prefer international market to internal market

Armenian designers prefer international market to internal market

ArmInfo. <In all developed countries the basis for the development of the sphere is the state program. While Armenia does not attach much importance to the development of the sphere. Our pain is that today, Armenian designers are needed in other countries but not in Armenia"said Ashot Baghdasaryan, Chairman of the Union of Designers of Armenia, Dean of the Department of Architecture of the Republic of Armenia, in an interview with ArmInfo.

According to him, today the concept is perceived in Armenia only at the level of decoration of tables. <The sphere is in a very neglected state>, Baghdasaryan said. In addition, he noted that, as a rule, not professional are engaged in the design craft in Armenia, because of what in the domestic market, the sphere can not occupy leading positions. As a result, today there are a lot of problems that need to be solved at the state level, namely in the legislative part. We repeatedly addressed to the government of Armenia. In two years our Union will turn 30 years old. And for all these years we fought rather than developed. I believe that the time has already come for the state to start promoting the issues of design business," he said.

According to A. Baghdasaryan, the only organization in Armenia that regulates the activity of designers is the Union, which still functions as a "public organization". While the sphere of architecture in Armenia has controlling and regulating bodies at the level of state, municipal and local authorities, he noted.

At the same time, as the head of the Union noted, in Armenia the profession is very in demand. <10 years ago, when the Department of Design was opened in our university, about 12 people were trained in this specialty. To date, almost half of the students of the National University (about 800) are studying for designers. Annually more than 150 students who submit documents to our university choose this profession, "he said. In this vein, he noted that the work of Armenian students by international experts is always awarded the highest ratings. However, the domestic market is not ready for adequate payment for design work and many talented specialists leave the country.

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