85th Anniversary of KAZGOR Design Academy
On 5 October 1930, the Kazakhstan’s first design institute KAZGOSPROYEKT was founded in Almaty by Resolution of the Council of People's Commissars of the Kazakh SSR. In 1959, it was reorganized into the State Design Institute KAZGORSTROYPROYEKT. Our design institute became a home for maitres of Kazakhstan architecture such as Nikolay Ripinsky, Yury Ratushny, Lev Ukhobotov, Tokhtar Yeraliyev and others. We take pride that one of the national figures of our age Shota Valikhanov started his career in KAZGOR Design Academy. KAZGORSTROYPROYEKT employed in different years a starchitect Toleu Basenov and the authors of the first banknotes of independent Kazakhstan Timur Suleimenov and Hairulla Gabzhalilov and many others. This period is well known for a great number of iconic buildings designed to brighten Almaty and Kazakhstan: Kazakhstan Hotel, Republic Palace building, Abai Opera and Ballet Theatre, House of the Government of the Kazakh SSR (today’s Kazakhstan-British Technical University), Almaty Hotel, Dostyk Hotel, Pushkin Library (today’s National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan), Officers' Club (today’s Army Palace), Kazpotrebsoyuz building, Almaty Cotton Factory Palace of Culture (today’s Natalia. Sats’s Youth Theatre), Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Alatau Health Resort. KAZGORSTROYPROYEKT was the first to establish a standardized design school in Kazakhstan to be used, in particular, for seismically active regions. According to KAZGORSTROYPROYEKT’s designs, almost all cities and many villages of Kazakhstan have been rebuilt.
In 1993, the Design Institute KAZGORSTROYPROYEKT was reorganized into KAZGOR Design Academy. Today’s KAZGOR Design Academy is the Kazakhstan’s design leader. New-day material and technical base, skilled workforce, wealth of experience and competent management are components to success of the 21st century company that is on top of trends. According to KAZGOR’s design, the following buildings have been constructed: Republic of Kazakhstan President Fund and Office Building, Nursaya residential development in Astana, Nurly Tau mixed-use development and Rahat Towers mixed-use development (today’s Almaty Towers), FEZ Alatau Innovation Technologies Park as well as schools, kindergartens and a number of other socially important facilities. KAZGOR is a strategic partner of Tengizchevroil (TCO), for which KAZGOR has developed a number of designs of industrial and residential facilities. KAZGOR has carried out a lot of work on adaptation of designs of Esentai mixed-use development and Abu Dhabi Plaza in Astana, Almaty financial center, etc. together with foreign partners. Today KAZGOR is the IT Engineering’s partner for EXPO-2017 project in Astana.
In November 2007, KAZGOR Design Academy won a high-prestige Altyn Sapa national award in the category of the Best Service Providers and received the laureate diploma from hands of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
This year (2015), Academy celebrates its 85th anniversary. As part of anniversary celebration events of October 8 and 9, 2015, KAZGOR hosted the III International research and practice conference Quality and Safety of Built Environment, Design & Construction Business in the Context of New Realities. The Conference gathered under one roof experts on architecture, urban planning, construction, and technical regulation on safety and quality from Kazakhstan, the USA, Ukraine, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and the United Kingdom. The Conference heard presentations by scientists, post-graduates and graduates as well as leading experts on fire safety, telecommunications and environmental design.
85th anniversary of KAZGOR DA is a high-profile event for the architectural and engineering community of Kazakhstan. On 9 October 2015, many well-known architects and engineers, government officials and members of architecture and construction institutions, foreign guests, clients and partners of the Academy attended the KAZGOR’s 85th anniversary function.