Karelia Plans to Establish a Center for Preservation of Wooden Architecture
This matter was discussed at the first meeting of the Council for Preservation of Historical and Social Heritage in the Republic.
The Council was established in January 2019 at the initiative of Academician Viacheslav Orfinsky and restorer of wooden architecture monuments Vitaly Skopin. The first meeting was chaired by the Head of Karelia Artur Parfenchikov.
The principal issue was the establishment in Petrozavodsk of a center for the preservation of wooden architecture.
The participants of the meeting mentioned that Russian educational institutions do not offer comprehensive training of restorers of wooden architecture, designers and production workers. Optimal conditions for training these specialists are in Karelia. This was reported by the Head of the Republic’s Department of Cultural Heritage Protection Yulia Alipova.
In 2016 Petrozavodsk State University established the UNESCO Chair for Wooden Architecture Research and Preservation. Since 2018 the University reintroduced training of specialists in wooden architecture restoration.
The establishment of a Center for the preservation of wooden architecture on the premises of the UNESCO Chair of PetrSU will facilitate the consolidation of efforts of leading experts, including employees of the carpenter’s shop of the Kizhi Open Air Museum. The educational and production center for hosting practical training is planned to be constructed on the premises of the University campus.
The idea of the establishment in Karelia a center for wooden architecture preservation was supported by the participating architect and restorer, representative of the Ministry of Culture of Russia Irina Semenova.