The Ural State University of Architecture and Art (USUAA) was founded as an independent higher education institution under the name of Sverdlovsk Architectural Institute in May 1972 on the basis of the Ural Branch of Moscow Architectural Institute, and was re-named the Ural Institute of Architecture and Art in 1992. In 1995 the State Committee on Higher Education of the Russian Federation granted the institute the status of Academy. This status, standing next to the status of university, was granted to educational institutions providing higher education in one or several related specialised areas of knowledge. Degrees awarded by Academy were fully equivalent to university degrees. In 2015, the Academy changed its status to that of University in accordance with the new low on education enacted in 2014.
USUAA is a federally funded public institution providing higher education in the fields of architecture, planning, design, arts and related IT applications.