SHAHYAD: An interview with Hossein Amanat architect of Shahyad Monument (Pars TV)


SHAHYAD: An interview with Hossein Amanat architect of Shahyad Monument (Pars TV)
by Darius Kadivar

The giant archway with the fanned-out base has dominated the Tehran skyline since it was built in 1971.Originally commissioned by the Shah of Iran in the 1960s, it was the vision of Hossein Amanat, then a 23 year old graduate.

Interview on Pars TV with Ali Reza Meybodi:

Part I:

Part II:

Part III:

Part IV:

Part V:

Part VI:

Tehran, Tehran by Faramarz Parsi:

Daram Meeram Beh Tehran:

Bio Hossein Amanat:

Hossein Amanat (born 1942) is an Iranian-Canadian Bahá'í architect who has designed three buildings on the Bahá'í Arc in Haifa, Israel and the Bahá'í House of Worship in Samoa.

A graduate from the University of Tehran, he is also the architect of the Azadi Tower, previously known as the Shahyad Tower and he was the architect of initial buildings of Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran.

The film about his life and his artistic inspirations that led to the design of the House of Worship in Samoa which was shown at the Dawn Breakers International Film Festival in 2009. Since moving to Canada in 1980, Hossein‘s practice has expanded. and diversified. He has designed the world administrative centre of the Baha‘I Faith in Haifa, Israel, university libraries and factories in China, mixed-use high-rise buildings in San Diego, residential condominiums in Santa Monica, a temple in Samoa, religious and cultural centers near Dallas, Seattle and Washington, DC, and residential dwellings in Canada and California. He recently completed a transit-oriented mixed commercial and residential high-rise project along the Vancouver mass-transit line. Currently he is designing a communal square for the town of Mission, British Columbia.

Official Website of Hossein Amanat Here

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Nader Vanaki

DK Dastet dard na Koneh

by Nader Vanaki on

I came home tired to a pile of bills to pay.  This was piece on this great architect was a massage, shower, and a glass of champagne for my nerves.  He is a beautiful soul and it shows in all his work and he is so pleasant to hear. It is like a friend explaining his work to me so unlike architects I have met in my lifetime.

Thank you and Meybodi for this.



by benross on

The only positive thing that I remember of Baazargaan was his opposition to changing the name of Shahyaad.

He cleverly argued that this is a monument built in remembering the Shah. Thus, the name. Now if he did bad, let's remember the bad things he did for not repeating them. If he did good, he deserves to be remembered for his achievements. Either way, this is a monument remembering the Shah, and should stay that way.

With that alone, Baazargaan earned my respect.


Oh hahahahahhohohoho

by Rosie. on




Darius Kadivar

Immortal Guard Jaan Ok then Please Accept My Apologies

by Darius Kadivar on

Sorry for the confusion. Given the number of commentators and often aggressive or provocative attacks I get,  It becomes hard to sometimes distinguish between Friends and Foes. All the more that some seem to share the same  Avatars ...

Please accept my sincere apologies ...


Immortal Guard

DK: A Case of Mistaken Identity!

by Immortal Guard on

I never attacked your comments before! You must be mistaking me for someone else!

I did not even attach a comment to the blog on DNA!


I guess you are just overwhelmed!

Darius Kadivar

"Immoral" Guard I'm Not Christian as for my Half Breed DNA

by Darius Kadivar on

I believe I am less scattered genetically than the founding father of this website :

Reading DNA test results by Jahanshah Javid

to which you have graced your Schizophrenic comments ...

Then might as well ask him why is this website called ?

Given all you Anonymous Bacheh Bassijis who keep polluting this website regularly I believe calling it the would have been more appropriate:


NOTE: Now if You are Not a Bacheh Bassiji and I mistook you for another Anonymous Commentator who regularly attacks my blogs, then please accept my apologies but that is one of the reasons I am allergic to all Anonymous Commentators with Anonymous Avatars ...

No Hard Feelings ...

As for why it was called Shahyad ... Ask Your mother if she lived under the Pahlavis Era she should be able to tell you because we used to be a Kingdom for the past 25 centuries and our country and King were always considered as One irrelevant of which ruling dynasty in the history of Iran/Persia. Given that you are an Immortal Guard as you claim to be onethen you should know better ...

Recommended Reading:

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Immortal Guard


by Immortal Guard on

Call me whatever you want! I can also call you whatever I want like Antar!

You still didn't tell me why the name ShahYaad?


Thx DK

by Rea on

Educational as always.

Above all, loved: "Tehran, Tehran" and  "Daram Meeram Beh Tehran".  


Gang's all here...

by Rosie. on

so let us all together celebrate my exact one year anniversary of the most special time of my life on i.c.  A time of excitement and adventure, passion and imagination, a wild and crazy time. August 30-September 1, 2009.  Gang was pretty much all there too. (If in fact it can be said that anyone on i.c. is 'all there'...) 

And the "debate" continues...


Jahanshah Javid

I'm sure

by Jahanshah Javid on

I'm sure everyone concerned in the debate here understand that they can have their free speech and defend their reputation without resorting to profanity and aggressive comments.

Just a reminder.

(Don't complain later)

Anahid Hojjati

Dear DK, Anonymous attacks on fully accountable persons on IC

by Anahid Hojjati on

Dear DK, I join you in your outrage against all Anonymous people on IC who attack people like you and me who use our real names.

Darius Kadivar

Q Are You Looking for a Third Feud with me on this subject ?

by Darius Kadivar on

Or Should I Remind YOU that YOU were Given a FREE SPEACH opportunity on this Website to SLANDER MY REPUTATION as a FULLY Accountable Person for merely expressing my views ?

 And When I tried to Defend my Reputation I was Banned from this Website while YOU were allowed to Outrageously Continue YOUR ANN TELECTUAL Slanders !

Eversince I publically declared I did not wish to converse with YOU again in order to avoid a disagreable exchange between us. I respected my part of the Contract I demand YOU Respect YOURS !

I have NOTHING To be Ashamed of !

CANNES: My Interview with Behnood Mokri - Shabahang - Impressions on Cannes Awards

And if JJ chooses to do a IC Coup and Send me to Exile like the Shah did with Mossadegh I hope he bears in mind that Freedom of Speach is deemed Sacred particularly when one's Reputation is slandered by ANONYMOUS Attacks and that Even Mossadegh had the Right to a Lawyer during his Trial.

My Lawyers are my Loyal Readership after more than 10 years of contributions of all sorts on this website and it is to them and ONLY Them that I deem myself Acountable :

SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED: Bless Mankind ... Including My Attackers ...

Not YOU Pseudo ANN TELLECTUAL CLOWNS who deserve to be Punished in the same way I was quite Unfairly !

Sargord Pirouz

Yeah, I must admit Darius

by Sargord Pirouz on

Yeah, I must admit Darius looks pretty good on broadcast video. In fact I'd say he's better at it than the blog format, where he has this silly knack of embedding multiple, irreverently topic'd YouTube videos.


Kadivar was on VOA?

by Q on

A propagandist on a paid-for government-funded propaganda network, who then turns around and accuses real intellectuals of being IRI stooges and traitors for attending a conference in Tehran?

Why am I not surprised! Hypocrisy must not have a French translation, or one that Kadivar knows about!

Can someone kindly forward that link to me? I must have missed it... haven't clicked on a Kadivar link since 2008!

Much obliged.

PS. Your "king" was khaen foreign puppet who got real lucky he didn't have to face justice for his crimes.

Darius Kadivar

Thanks Rosie

by Darius Kadivar on

Lotf Dareed !



by Rosie. on

I saw you on VOA too, on your blog. I did not get to tell you, though. I hadn't imagined you so intellectual-looking (almost academic...), and reserved, and intense. Maybe a little shy? I was very impressed by the interview.

Immortal Guard

Look Darius.....

by Immortal Guard on

I saw you speak on VOA etc. and you don't even speak Persian that well! Just stick to your educational program on this site and we all appreciate it!

One more thing on your next picture I suggest you add a tight green necklace as well! It will go great with your black hat!



Immortal Guard

Why ShahYaad?

by Immortal Guard on

Why was this monument called ShahYaad to begin with?

Just on a more cheerful note I guess they should have changed its name to ShahFaraamoush after the revolution!


He kind of looks like

by hazratee on

GWB. damesh garm.