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UNIVERSITY OF FORESTRY

Faculty of Forest Industry

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Address:
Department of Interior and Furniture Design, Faculty of Forest Industry, 10 Kliment Ohridski Blvd., University of Forestry, 1797 Sofia, Bulgaria

Location:
Administration – Building A, 4th floor, office 437

Head of Department:
Vassil Jivkov, Prof. PhD

Organizing Aid for Study Activities:
Mrs. Surpik Krikorian-Agopian – Building A, 4th floor, office 437
“Interior and Furniture Design” is a key Department for the Forest Industry Faculty. Teaching staff includes architects, artists, engineer-designers and engineers and provides more than 30 disciplines covering a large range of student education. The Department is a leader for the Engineering Design (Interior and Furniture Design) Program, where many of the disciplines are provided, mainly those that constitute the professional skills of future interior and furniture designers, structural engineers, managers, etc.

HISTORY of the Department
The establishing of Dpt. Interior and Furniture Design was made possible by several objective pre-requisites, among them changes in the demographic conditions during the years of transition, residential architecture and individual requirements of residents. They brought about the need of qualified designers in interior and furniture. Furniture companies were established with flexible technology, giving opportunity for design solutions for interior.
The foundations of Engineering Design Program at the University of Forestry were laid in 1989. Using an existing post-graduate program, a group of teachers developed a new full-time 5-year Master program in Interior Design. In the autumn of 1994, at the Ministry of Education and Science was submitted the Study Documentation of a Master Program in Engineering Design (Interior and Furniture Design), and the first student cohort was accepted for the 1995/1996 academic year. Teachers from the Faculty of Forest Industry, as well as the National Art Academy, the Technical University in Sofia etc., were invited to teach.
The Department “Interior and Furniture Design” was established in 1998 to respond to the specific requirements of the new program. Today it is one of the basic organizational units of the Faculty with the greatest number of courses and is a major factor for the Engineering Design Program. After the Department’s creation, Heads of Department were Georgi Kyuchukov, Prof. PhD, Georgi Abrashev, Prof. PhD, Regina Raycheva, Prof. PhD, Assia Marinova, Prof. PhD, and from March 2020 till present – Vassil Jivkov, Prof. PhD.
In the past years, the Engineering Design program was established internationally among analogic programs in other HEI-s in Bulgaria and abroad. In 2005, the organized student workshop implemented, under the framework of an Erasmus Intensive Program, a successful coordination of 6 HEI-s from all over Europe, and together with Prodes company, a representative of Häfele in Bulgaria, demonstrated the enthusiasm and willingness of the staff to develop new Design teaching methods.
In the country, designers that graduated the Bachelor and Master Programs showed a considerable advantage among other similar programs. Apart from being excellent designers, they demonstrate a deep knowledge in the area of wood and wooden materials, their properties, strength and deformational behavior. The key knowledge turned out to be the knowledge of manufacturing processes that gave them advantage before other competing specialists. A convincing proof of the excellent education at the University of Forestry alumni has been the numerous participations in design forums and competitions, where they won frequent prizes.
A special role was assigned to links of the Department under the Erasmus+ Program with foreign HEI-s. Prof. Regina Raycheva, in her quality as Institutional Erasmus+ Coordinator for the University of Forestry, did her best to encourage Department members and other teachers, together with students, to take part in teaching mobilities and Intensive programs at partner universities. This took place in countries, such as Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Finland, Spain and Bulgaria. Each year, two or three Design students take an Erasmus Semester at the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg, Austria.

Academic Staff
At present, the academic staff of Department Interior and Furniture Design, consists of the following colleagues:
•Vassil Jivkov, Prof., PhD, Head of Department
•Assia Marinova, Prof., PhD
•Regina Raycheva, Prof., PhD
•Stela Tasheva, Assoc. Prof., PhD
•Desislava Angelova, Assoc. Prof. PhD
•Rangel Chipev, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
•Ralitsa Simeonova, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
•Maria Kokorska, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
•Pavlina Vodenova, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD

•Surpik Krikorian-Agopian, Organizing Aid for Study Activities

Study Process
Courses and Lecturers:
Teaching Staff of the department consists of highly qualified and established professionals in Art History, designers, architects, artists, construction engineers, furniture engineers. The department had, in the last years, 13 full-time and part-time Doctoral Students, of which 7 have obtained their PhD degrees, another 3 Doctoral students have started their studies in 2019.
The Department has been entrusted with the teaching of a number of curriculum disciplines of the Engineering Design Bachelor and Master Programs, as well as several disciplines of the Bachelor and Master Programs in “Technology of Wood and Furniture”, such as “Interior Architecture”, “Systems and Mechanisms in Furniture”, and “Strength Design for Furniture”.

Bachelor Program, Engineering Design (Interior and Furniture Design)

  • Artistic Rendering Techniques in Interior Design. Seminars led by Dimitrinka Tasheva, Part-Time Assist.
  • Colouristics. Lectures and seminars led by Rangel Chipev, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
  • Non-Wood Materials in Interior. Lectures led by Vassil Jivkov, Prof., PhD; seminars led by Ralitsa Simeonova, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
  • Design History, Theory and Methodology. Lectures led by Desislava Angelova, Assoc. Prof. PhD: seminars led by Rangel Chipev, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
  • Styles in Interior and Furniture. Lectures led by Regina Raycheva, Prof., PhD; seminars led by Desislava Angelova,Assoc. Prof. PhD
  • Morphogenesis. Lectures led by Stela Tasheva, Assoc. Prof., PhD; seminars led by
  • Structural Elements and Furniture Joints. Lectures led by Vassil Jivkov, Prof., PhD; seminars led by Ralitsa Simeonova, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
  • Architecture and Construction. Lectures led by Regina Raycheva, Prof., PhD and Assia Marinova, Prof., PhD; seminars led by Assia Marinova, Prof., PhD
  • Theory of Composition. Lectures and seminars led by Stela Tasheva, Assoc. Prof., PhD.
  • Computer-aided Furniture Design. Seminars led by Maria Kokorska, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
  • Design Project (Workshop), for 5th and 7th Semester. Led by Vassil Jivkov, Prof., PhD, and Regina Raycheva, Prof., PhD, aided by two teams of Department staff.
  • Furniture Construction. Lectures led by Vassil Jivkov, Prof. PhD, seminars led by Ralitsa Simeonova, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
  • Residential Interior Design and Furnishing. Lectures led by Yantcho Genchev, Assoc. Prof. PhD, seminars led by Pavlina Vodenova, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
  • Graphic Design. Lectures and seminars by Desislava Angelova, Assoc. Prof. PhD
  • Public Buildings Furnishing. Lectures and seminars led by Maria Kokorska, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
  • Furniture Strength Design. Lectures and seminars led by Assia Marinova, Prof., PhD
  • Modelling. Seminars led by Pavlina Vodenova, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD

Bachelor Program, Wood and Furniture Technology

  • Interior Architecture. Lectures led by Regina Raycheva, Prof. PhD, seminars led by Desislava Angelova, Assoc. Prof. PhD

The Department staff is actively participating in Practical Trainings in “Furniture Construction”, “Technology of Furniture”, “Construction Elements of Wood in Interior”, for Semester VI and Practical Trainings in “Non-Wood Materials Elements in Interior”, “Styles in Interior and Furniture”, “Residential Interior Design and Furnishing”, “Public Buildings Furnishing”.

Master Program in Engineering Design (Interior and Furniture Design)

  • Innovative and Strategic Design. Lectures and seminars led by Desislava Angelova, Assoc. Prof. PhD
  • Design Projects Presentation. Lectures and seminars led by Rangel Chipev, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
  • Management of Design Process, Lectures led by Diana Ivanova, Prof. DSc, seminars led by Pavlina Vodenova, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
  • Systems and Mechanisms in Furniture and Interior. Lectures led by Vassil Jivkov, Prof., PhD; seminars led by Ralitsa Simeonova, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
  • Design of Interior and Furniture of Non-Wood Materials. Lectures and seminars both led by Vassil Jivkov, Prof., PhD
  • Design for Mass Produced Serial Furniture. Lectures led by Yantcho Genchev, Assoc. Prof. PhD; seminars led by Pavlina Vodenova, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
  • Design of Avant-garde Furniture. Lectures led by Regina Raycheva, Prof. PhD; seminars led by Pavlina Vodenova, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
  • Interior Accessories Design. Seminars led by Rangel Chipev, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
  • Design of Unique Residential Interiors. Lectures and seminars by Regina Raycheva, Prof., PhD
  • Lighting and Lighting Systems. Lectures and seminars led by Vassil Jivkov, Prof., PhD
  • Period Style Interiors. Seminars led by Pavlina Vodenova, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
  • Design of Environment for Disabled People. Lectures and seminars led by Pavlina Vodenova, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
  • Introduction to Urban Design. Lectures and seminars led by Stela Tasheva, Assoc. Prof., PhD
  • Art and Design. Lectures and seminars led by Rangel Chipev, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
  • Ecodesign. Seminars led by Maria Kokorska, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD
  • Lighting Fixtures Design. Seminars led by Pavlina Vodenova, Sen. Assist. Prof. PhD

Lecturers and staff from the Department have taught at different foreign universities in Austria, Germany, the Republic of North Macedonia, Slovakia, Scotland etc., as well as invited to lecture at a number of Bulgarian HEI-s – UACG, NBU, NAA, VSU, EPU Pernik, etc. Department staff has also serious results in their artistic and creative activities, prizes, individual expositions, participation at prestigious expositions at home and abroad, etc.
Staff with academic rank and assistants with a PhD from Department IFD tutor a great part of diploma students of the Engineering Design Bachelor or Master Program, as well as part of Technology of Wood and Furniture Bachelor or Master Programs. All staff of academic rank participates in State Examination Committee for Diploma Presentations at both Bachelor and Master Programs at the Faculty of Forest Industry.

Scientific projects
Department staff takes active part of different Science projects for qualification and the Use of Up-to-Date Teaching Forms, such as:

  • Project BG051PO001-3.3.06-0056 „Support for the Development of Young People at the University of Forestry”;
  • Project BG051РО001-3.1.09-0019 “Building of United System of Qualification and Career Development of Staff at UF“;
  • Project BG051РО001-4.3.04-0052 „Development of Electronic Distance Learning Center at the University of Forestry”;
  • Project BG051PO001-3.1.09-0019 “System for Qualification and Career Development of Teachers in Higher Education”;
  • Project BG05M2OP001-2.009-0034 "Support for the Development of Scientific Capacity at the University of Forestry";
  • Project BG051PO001-3.3.07-0002 „Student Practical Training“;
  • Project „Building with Sustainable Resources”, IP, 76946-IC-1-2007-1-BG-ERASMUS-EUC-1, Mendel University, Brno, Czech Republic;
  • Project „Urban Regeneration”, IP, 76946-IC-1-2007-1-BG-ERASMUS-EUC-1, ELISAVA UNIVERSITY, Barcelona, Spain;
  • Project „LED Light Up the Balkans”, National Academy of Arts, Sofia.

Scientific Areas of Department Staff
The Interior and Furniture Design Department is a major unit with staff being among the leading specialists of their areas of science with numerous publications and citations in renowned scientific reviews both in Bulgaria and abroad. They are regular participants in international science forums and are members of international science teams. They have multi-faceted science interests, being professionals in various areas.
These are the science directions of their research:

  • Design of Interior and Furnishing of Residential and Corporate (Public) Buildings;
  • Theory and History of Architecture and Design;
  • New Developments in Contemporary Design;
  • Styles in Interior and Furniture;
  • Increasing Utility of Living Environment and Quality of Life by Research of Innovations in the Area of Materials and Technology;
  • Morphogenesis and Theory of Composition;
  • Furniture Design and Optimizing Furniture Construction;
  • Research and Creation of New Construction Materials for Furniture;
  • Construction of Furniture with Light weight Structures;
  • Computer-aided Design and Presentation of Design Projects;
  • Research on Strength and Deformation Characteristics of Joints and Structural Materials Used in Furniture and Products Made of Wood and Wood-Based Materials;
  • Research on Deformation Behavior with Long-Lasting Loads of Wood and Wood-Based Materials;
  • Implementation of Innovative Methods in Design Teaching;
  • Traditional and Contemporary Methods of Artistic Visualization;
  • Graphic Design, Print Graphics and Book Publishing, Corporate Accidentation, Logo, Communicative-Sign System and Typography;
  • Computer-aided Modelling and Visualization of Architectural Solutions for Exterior and Interiors, Products of Industrial and Graphic Design.

Patents
Members of the Department staff have developed and registered several patents:

  • Jivkov, V., Marinova, А. Registration certificate for Utility Model №1412/02.05.2011: „Reinforced panel structural element for furniture”. Patent Office of Republic of Bulgaria. Publish in Bulletin №2, 28.02.2011;
  • Pissareva, E., Jivkov, V. Registration certificate for Industrial Design №7535/2012: "Multifunctional Furniture". Patent Office of Republic of Bulgaria;
  • Jivkova, B., Jivkov, V., Zhilova, Y. Registration certificate for Industrial Design №7847/05.07.2013: „Hook for clothes”. Patent Office of Republic of Bulgaria;
  • Jivkov, V., Marinova, А. Registration certificate for Invention №66531/30.06.2016: „Reinforced panel structural element for furniture and method for its manufacturing”. Patent Office of Republic of Bulgaria, Publish in Bulletin №6/2016;
  • Jivkov, V., Simeonova, R. Registration certificate for Utility Model №4445/21.11.2019 г.: „Test tool for splitting resistance evaluation in the area countersunk hole”. Patent Office of Republic of Bulgaria.

The Department IFD collaborates intensively with business organizations of the sector, interior and architectural practices, renowned designers of the career, which support students of the Engineering Design Program in order to acquire expertise and experience, on the one hand, and on the other, helps the business to know better its employees-to-be and to use fully their innovative ideas.

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