Hooshang Seyhoun, who is known as the father of Iranian modern architecture, passed away on May 26, 2014. He is widely regarded as a pioneering master in the Iranian modern architecture and influential member of the academic education.
He was born on August 22, 1920 in Tehran to highly artistic parents growing up under the influence of music and art in his family. In his early age, Seyhoun was encouraged to develop his natural passion for drawing. After high school, he attended the newly established College of Fine Arts in Tehran University at the outbreak of the Second World War to study architecture. He pursued his education in France in Beaux-Arts where he had the chance to study under supervision of Professor Otello Zavaroni and Maxime Siroux and received the “Doctorat d’Etat d’Art” in 1949. He has been awarded numerous prizes for his architectural designs, including the design of a monument at Tehran’s Central Railway Station and the commemorative monument and mausoleum of Avicenna, in Hamadan. He designed mausoleums for Omar Khayyam and Kamal-ol-Molk in Nishabour, Nader Shah In Mashhad and Ferdowsi in Tous and, as well as completing the main complex of Iranian National Assembly and a large educational complex in South of Tehran, Sepah Bank Headquarter, Canada Dry Factory, Asia Cinema, Central Cinema and a lot of Private Villas.
In 1962 Seyhoun was appointed Dean of the School of Fine Arts and Architecture at Tehran University where he found three new departments: Urbanism, Visual Arts, and Music. Later he became member of ICOMOS, Division of UNESCO, and served as president of Iranian Architectural Organization. In 1969, he was elected a member of the City Council for Tehran for the period of four years.
Seyhoun held many exhibitions from Tehran to Amherst,Massachusetts -where his works kept company with those of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. A painting of him had been hanged in “Hors Du Temps De Pierrefeu” Musuem in Nice. His works often deals with his imagination and involves inventive new forms and styles based on the combinations of diverse cultural sources.
He left Iran in 1981 to France where he was honored French citizenship. A year later he immigrated to Vancouver, Canada where he lived the rest of his life.