About us

ANI AVAGYAN
Director of the ROCHEMP Center, Chair of ICOM National Committee of Armenian Museums, Member of ICOM Strategic Planning Committee

Ani Avagyan has obtained her degree from the Armenian State Pedagogical University in 2005. Ani has conducted research on the Armenian monuments in India. Afterwards she has developed her professional knowledge and skills in Armenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, France, Japan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine. She was employed by National Gallery of Armenia as a researcher in the department of Sculpture. From 2008 she initiated the educational activities at the NGA which became a base for establishment of the Education Department in 2016, which Ani lead until appointment as the director of the ROCHEMP Center. She has been the head of NGA PR Department (2010-2016). During her professional career Ani has developed social activities in the field of museums on the national and international levels. She is a founding members of ICOM Armenia and the Chair since 2017. Ani was appointed as a member of ICOM Strategic planning for 2020-2023. A Member of Board of trustees at Armenian Genocide Museum & Institute foundation. Ani was the ICOM CECA Secretary for 2013-2016. She has initiated and organized a number of professional development courses, national, regional or international trainings, workshops, conferences. She is an author or co-author of a number of articles and books. Among other, she is an initiator and organizer of the “Museum week 2018” Yerevan. The strategies, management and marketing tools that she used during her work have resulted in increases of professionals in the CH field and engagement of public with the CH.

GAYANE BABAYAN
Coordinator of ROCHEMP Center

Gayane Babayan is Master of Arts in Art History (Yerevan State University) and Master of Arts in Medieval Studies (Central European University). Gayane is also a researcher in the field of Armenian medieval art and has participated in several international conferences (Graduate Student Colloquium in Armenian Studies, UCLA; Conference Dedicated to the 20th Anniversary of Chair of Theory and History of Armenian Art and Department of Art History, YSU; Leeds International Medieval Congress). Her recent research concerned the artistic interactions of Armenians with Byzantine and Italian art in fourteenth-century Crimea on the example of Armenian miniature painting. Gayane has also some experience in the participation in the archaeological excavations in Armenia (at Karmir blur and Masis blur archaeological sites). Her current interests touch issues of the development of cultural management and cultural heritage protection in Armenia. Gayane is an alumna of the Visegrad Academy of Cultural Management’s Second Edition. She was a project coordinator and the project artistic director’s assistant in frames of “Art Alive” project which was developed and implemented by NCA Small Theatre in collaboration with several Armenian museums and was supported by US Embassy of Armenia. Gayane has worked also as a content curator at PicsArt for two years.

GOHAR HOVAKIMYAN
Secretary-Interpreter of the ROCHEMP Center

Gohar Hovakimyan gained her degree in philology form Yerevan State University in 2001 and before joining ROCHEMP team, she spent 12 years working on several Armenian-Italian initiatives being mainly engaged in cultural projects. Among other places, she worked at the Agenzia nazionale del tourismo by the Embassy of Italy in Yerevan, accompanied transnational archeological expeditions, international experts etc. In 2011-2014 she worked on an educational project “Training for restoration in Armenia. Support to institutions for the protection and preservation of cultural heritage” organized by Politecnico di Milano, in cooperation with NUACA and which set a base for the formation of the ROCHEMP. As a coordinator of the Armenian office she was engaged in organization of educational events and conferences, establishment of communication with various stakeholders, management of the activities of the Milan University in Armenia. Gohar participated in numerous international trainings on protection of cultural heritage, took courses in project management.
She speaks fluently Russian, Italian, French and has good knowledge of the English language.

NANAR KALANTARIAN
Architect of ROCHEMP Center

Nanar Kalantarian has obtained her first master’s degree in Architecture and Design from Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction in 2003. Nanar has received her second master’s degree in Conservation Design from the Politecnico di Milano in 2014.  She is also a researcher and has an experience in the international cooperation. In 2015 Nanar has conducted the research, survey, and documentation of the monasteries of Haghpat and Sanahin, Monastery of Geghard, and the upper Azat valley in Armenia, implemented in cooperation with Politecnico di Milano for the World Bank. She has also carried out the survey, documentation and feasibility study of urban streets in the historic center of the city of Goris and of Old Goris underground cave houses in frames of the program of the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Head of Democratic Institutions and Governance Department. Nanar is author of the various scientific articles on monuments. Starting her professional career as an architect, Nanar has also gradually built her interests in the issues of cultural heritage and archaeology. She has participated in various archaeological excavations, such as in Karmir Blur, Arshakid Kings Mausoleum, etc.  Nanar believes that international exchanges are important for professional growth, therefore, she tries to attend various international conferences and symposiums to learn something new from her colleagues’ experiences.  Her current occupation is at the Scientific Research Center of Historical and Cultural Heritage where she has an opportunity to invest her experience and knowledge in the field of preservation, research, and documentation of cultural and historical heritage of Armenia.