Iranian Assyrian architect David Oshana commemorated in Tehran

A poster for the commemoration of the Iranian Assyrian architect David Oshana
TEHRAN – The Iranian Assyrian architect David Oshana (1929-2014) was commemorated during a ceremony at Tehran’s Qasr Garden Museum on Tuesday.

Oshana’s widow along with a number of architects, classmates and friends attended the ceremony, which was organized by Iran’s Architecture Prideworthies Foundation, the Persian service of MNA reported on Friday.

“Oshana used to focus on the practicality of each project before its beauty”, Oshana’s friend Shahabeddin Arfaei said at the ceremony.

Oshana took part in several projects to make mosques and religious schools, and designed several churches in capital Tehran, he added.

The Assyrian Church of Protestants located in Amirabad neighborhood and the Saint Joseph (Mar Yozef) Assyrian Catholic Church on Forsat Street, both in Tehran have been designed by Oshana.

Oshana was active during 1960’s, the years in which Iranian architects began to design beautiful buildings and schools with specific identities.

They designed beautiful religious monuments, which reflect the spirit of respect, having fulfilled the aesthetic desire of mankind.

Director of the Iranian National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) Ahmad Mohit-Tabatabii talked about the connection of Oshana with the Assyrian society in Iran and the impression he made among the architects as an Assyrian architect.

Architect Sirus Bavar called Oshana an architect strong in his designs with new and innovative ideas who used to help his friends in their projects.

Director of Iran’s Architecture Prideworthies Foundation Alireza Qahhari remembered Oshana as an individual who taught social responsibility to others and helped them without expectations.

The ceremony was brought to an end with the presentation of a plaque of honor to Oshana’s widow.

The participants also asked the organizers to allocate a special location to the preservation of documents and works of contemporary architecture of Iran.