LA CRESCENTA, Calif.,—The Educational Committee of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Crescenta Valley will host an Armenian lecture on urban transformation. The presentation, titled “Urban Transformation of Yerevan: The Journey from a Provincial Village to a Capital City,” will be led by architects, Dr. Marco Brambilla and Dr. Andreh Marouti. The lecture will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, immediately after the conclusion of Divine Liturgy. It will be held at the Prelacy “Dikran and Zarouhie Der Ghazarian” Hall, located at 6250 Honolulu Ave, La Crescenta, California 91214.
This presentation will cover the history of Yerevan and its transformation from a prehistoric fortress, through its dominance by the Persians, Ottomans, Tsarist and Communist Russia, its garden city master plan and its final image of a modern city today.
Dr. Marco G. Brambilla is a practicing architect and an architectural historian specializing in the history of Islamic and Armenian architecture. He has taught and lectured extensively in major schools of architecture worldwide.
As a specialist in preservation of historic monuments, he has taught architectural conservation and its adaptive reuse in Italy, the United States and Iran. As the chair of the Department of Preservation of Historic Monuments, at the National University of Iran, he was the project architect of several major restoration projects in Iran and in cooperation with the University of Milan, Dr. Brambilla organized and identified over 230 unknown Armenian churches in the northern provinces of Iran.
Since 2016, in cooperation with UCLA and Salmast Heritage Association, he has started a major research program about the cultural heritage of the Salmast Region. This was also the topic of an academic course at UCLA in the spring of 2018. As part of this research program, a major publication is underway regarding the art and the culture of Armenians in various regions of Iran.
Dr. Andreh Marouti is a practicing architect with PhD in Preservation of Architectural Heritages from Politecnico di Milano. In his PhD dissertation, he reconstructs the image of Yerevan and Gyumri during the 19th century through the lens of European travelers and highlights the preservation status of their major monuments. He has participated in numerous symposia and has given lectures in Europe and US.
We invite our parishioners and the greater community to attend Divine Liturgy and the presentation to follow. The event is free of charge to the public.