From the dream of becoming an artist and Sherlock Holmes to an honored architect

Hovhannes Mutafyan On June 12, Hovhannes Mutafyan, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Support to Javakheti Foundation, Honored Architect of the Republic of Armenia, founder and chief architect of the "ASHN Project" company, was born. This unique person was remembered by many for his famous orange hat. Each meeting and conversation with him seems "orange", memorable and positive, full of bright and light moments. He always surrounds his loved ones and acquaintances with a high mood, a special smile and humor. It is simply impossible not to love him, and most importantly, you can talk to Mr. Mutafyan endlessly and on any topic, from cuisine to music. He loves art, his various industries, both painting and music. He has a wide musical preference, from pop to hard rock. "In the 60s and 70s, I also kept my hair long, wore wide trousers, I am very glad that I was born and lived in those times," says the honored architect. Mr. Mutafyan's parents are Istanbul Armenians from Partizak province. During the Great Genocide, they emigrated to Greece, to the coastal city of Kavala, from where they returned to Armenia in 1946. Both parents were craftsmen, the mother was a tailor, and the father was a turner. Drawing teacher Gagik Ghazaryan played an important role in choosing a profession, who saw his great potential. “I decided to become an artist, then I read a lot of detective books, for a while I wanted to be Sherlock Holmes or someone else. But I didn’t regret it, moreover, if I’m born again, I’ll become an architect again” he is sure. Speaking about the layout and architecture of Yerevan, Mr. Mutafyan notes that the foundation of the city was laid correctly, but later it was incorrectly organized. "Yerevan should not have become a megalopolis. Armenia today is Yerevan, and in the regions the population is becoming more and more devastated. " I would turn Yerevan only into an administrative city with all the structures necessary for management after that I would develop other districts and cities," the honored architect notes. Since 1975, Hovhannes Mutafyan has been involved in the development of a number of settlements in the capital, regions of the Republic, a number of institutions , buildings and complex projects of historical importance in Artsakh and Javakhk, personally created or managed hundreds of such projects. The Honored Architect has been a member of the Board and a close partner since the foundation of the Support to Javakheti Foundation. According to his project, the house-museum of ashug Jivani was restored in his native village of Karzakh. Now Mr. Mutafyan has designed the house-museum of the great Armenian poet Vahan Teryan in his home village of Gandza. According to him, these museums can change little in Javakhk, but we must recognize the greats born on this earth. Many great people were born in Javakhk, but it is also of great strategic importance for us. “My wish is that all Javakhk Armenians and in general all Armenians consider Armenia and Javakhk their homeland, not a cemetery. Everyone emigrates to Russia, lives a luxurious life there, spends a lot of money, and when it comes to at least some then it is difficult for them to support the Motherland. However, toasts for Javakhk and the inhabitants of Javakhk are drunk at every opportunity problem. We must learn to love our home, courtyard, because the Motherland and the country begin with the home of each of us. We need to understand that the state is us, each of us, and not the person who is the power at the moment. forward, become a good specialist, work and contribute to the formation of your country. Today, anger, envy and ignorance prevail in us. We need to eradicate them, then only talk about a powerful homeland and history " Mr. Mutafyan notes with pain. And Mr. Mutafyan advises all young people, regardless of their professional orientation, to work, work and work again. Don't be arrogant, learn, learn constantly. “Unfortunately, I meet many young people who do not like to listen, do not like to read and study. It is never too late to study, you need to study for the rest of your life. Only in this case you will have an educated society, demanded specialists and, of course, a powerful homeland. Each of us must be in his place and fully fulfill his responsibilities."

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