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Influence of Sassanid Architecture on Western Architecture

About Mr. Seyhoun:

Hooshang Seyhoun was born on August 22, 1920 in Tehran, Iran to a family that was heavily involved in music and arts that encouraged him in his passion for drawing. Upon completion of high school he attended the newly established College of Fine Arts at Tehran University. As a young architect, Seyhoun won several awards for his designs. One of these awards was for his design for a monument at Tehran's Central Railway Station, and later he designed the commemorative monument and mausoleum for Iranian philosopher and physician, Avicenna, in Hamadan.
In 1946 he left for France to advance his studies at Beaux-Arts Institute, where he studied under Professor Otello Zavaront for three years and traveled widely throughout Europe. By 1949 he had completed his studies there and was awarded the degree of "Docteur d'Art".
During the next 20 years Seyhoun designed mausoleums for Omar Khayam, Nader Shah, and completed the main complex of Iranian National Congress and a large educational complex in Southern Tehran. In 1962 Seyhoun was appointed Dean of the School of Fine Arts and Architecture at Tehran University. In 1969, he was elected member of the City Council of Tehran for a four years term.

Over the years, Seyhoun has held numerous exhibitions in Iran and abroad featuring his works in water colors, pen and ink as well as felt. In 1980, Seyhoun left Tehran for Paris at the invitation of French government that later awarded him an honorary citizenship. He immigrated to Canada in 1982 where he currently resides.