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Announcing the Recipients of the 2013 Farhang Heritage and Lifetime Achievement Awards

Source: Farhang Foundation

LOS ANGELES, CA, November 11, 2013 - On Saturday, November 9, 2013 Farhang Foundation had the distinct honor of recognizing the contributions of the remarkable painter, scholar, and architect, Houshang Seyhoun, and the culinary "guru" Najmieh Batmanglij with the annual Farhang Lifetime Achievement and Heritage awards.

Professor Houshang Seyhoun with 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award

2013 Farhang Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Professor Houshang Seyhoun in recognition of his celebrated and lasting contributions to modernization of Iranian traditional architecture and mentorship of generations of aspiring Iranian architects and fine arts students.

Mrs. Najmieh Batmanglij was recognized with the 2013 Farhang Heritage Award in honor of her passionate dedication and relentless commitment to excellence in promoting Persian culture through its rich, ancient and deep rooted culinary art.

Najmieh Batmanglij receives 2013 Farhang Heritage Award

"We are honored to recognize the lasting legacies of these two great individuals who have shared their talents with the world and as a result made it a much brighter place," said Dr. Hooshang Pak, trustee and chair of Farhang Award Committee. "The efforts of Houshang Seyhoun and Najmieh Batmanglij, each a master in his and her own craft, have not only contributed to the advancement of Iranian culture, but have enriched the lives of people across the globe."

Since 2009, Farhang Foundation has presented the Farhang Heritage and Lifetime Achievement Awards to talented and renowned individuals in recognition of their unparalleled contributions to Iranian studies and culture. Past recipients have included professor Ehsan Yarshater, professor Richard Nelson Frye, professor Amin Banani, poet Simin Behbahani, scholar Iraj Afshar, professor Hossein Ziai, professor Abbas Milani, and filmmaker Bahram Beyzaie.

For more information on the annual Farhang Heritage and Lifetime Achievement Awards, visit

About Houshang Seyhoun

Houshang Seyhoun was born on August 22, 1920 in Tehran. After graduating from high school in Tehran, he was admitted to the newly established College of Fine Arts at Tehran University. Seyhoun's talent, in the next four years, blossomed under the direction of his mentor and supervisor, French professor Maxime Siroux. He also studied under Professor Otello Zavaroni at "Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts" 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. He designed the commemorative monument and mausoleum of Iranian philosopher, physician and father of modern medicine, Avicenna, in Hamadan, mausoleums for Omar Khayyam and Nader Shah, Ferdowsi, Kamal El Molk, Shah Goli, as well as completing the main complex of Iranian National Assembly, and a large educational complex in South of Tehran, Bank Markazi, Canada Dry Factory, and most of the movie theatres. In 1962 Seyhoun was appointed Dean of the School of Fine Arts and Architecture at Tehran University where he found 3 new sections: Urbanism, Visual Art, and Music. He immediately undertook major re-structure of the College. He also 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. His work has been exhibited in Iran, as well as in the USA as part of the large group exhibition in Amherst, Massachusetts, which included the works of Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, and in France at the "Hors Du Temps De Pierrefeu" Museum in Nice, where one of his works hangs as a part of the permanent exhibition. In 1989, he was honored by the City of Los Angeles for an exhibition of his work at the University of Southern California. His name is in 6 International Encyclopedias. Seyhoun is noted especially for his innovative and creative architectural design. His architectural firm became the center for the original designs using for the first time stone, brick, steel and concrete in new combinations called "Beton Arme". His architectural legacy includes over one thousand private villas. In Iran, Seyhoun achieved a stature in architecture equivalent to Frank Lloyd Wright in this country. He is the founder of Modern Architecture in Iran.

About Najmieh Batmanglij

Najmieh Batmanglij, hailed as "the guru of Persian cuisine" by The Washington Post, has spent the past 30 years cooking, traveling, and adapting authentic Persian recipes to tastes and techniques in the West. Born in Tehran, Najmieh received her undergraduate and master's degrees in the United States. She returned to Iran after her time in America but was soon forced into exile because of the Iranian Revolution. She and her husband fled to Vence, France where she studied cooking and began translating her mother's recipes into French resulting in her first cookbook Ma Cuisine D'Iran. In the 1980s Batmanglij emigrated to the U.S., where she wrote her most celebrated book Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies, after the success of that book she went on to write five more cookbooks.

The 25th Anniversary Edition of Food of Life was called "This summer's most coveted tome" by Vogue. Her Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey was selected as "One of the 10 best vegetarian cookbooks of the year" by the New York Times; and her From Persia to Napa: Wine at the Persian Table won the Gourmand Cookbook Award for the world's best wine history book of 2007. In his weekly articles in the Guardian newspaper Yotam Ottolenghi recently called Mrs. Batmanglij "The Goddess of Iranian Cooking," and her Food of Life, "One of the most exciting cookbooks I've seen in a while - I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in Iran's glorious food culture." Najmieh Batmanglij has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and also teaches Persian cooking, including at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in the Napa Valley. She is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier and lives in Washington, DC, where she teaches Persian and Silk Road cooking, and consults with restaurants around the world. Her most recent book is Happy Nowruz: Cooking with Children to Celebrate the Persian New Year.

About Farhang Foundation

Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports a broad range of academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports diverse cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, film screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. And, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions, Farhang Foundation funds major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. However, the content, viewpoints or biases expressed by individual artists, academics, institutions or events supported by the foundation belong solely to each individual party and do not necessarily reflect the views of Farhang Foundation. For more info visit

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