Alexander Tamanian (1878-1936 AD)
Alexander Tamanian studied architecture in St. Petersburg and began his career by designing buildings there and in other Russian cities. He restored the Armenian church in St. Petersburg. He then moved to Armenia, where, from 1923 to 1936, he served as head of a commission to save historical monuments in Armenia. In 1924, Tamanian drew the master plan for the reconstruction of the city of Yerevan. From 1925 to 1932 he did the same for other Armenian cities, including Leninagan, Girovagan, Etchmiadzin, and Nor Bayazit. He also designed many public buildings in Yerevan, among them the opera house.