By the decree of President Serzh Sargsyan and based on the recommendations of the State Award Commissions the RA State Awards for 2013 were conferred in the fields of literature and arts, architecture and urban development, sciences, as well as in the area of humanitarian and social sciences during the official awards ceremony at the Presidential Palace. Among this year's State Award recipients was Chief Architect at Synopsys, Inc. (San Francisco, USA) and Member of the Central Board of Directors of the Armenian General Benevolent Union Dr. Yervant Zorian (Canada). For their work called Test Solutions for systems on the nanometric crystal, algorithms, methods and test structure, Dr. Zorian and Dr. Samvel Shoukourian received RA State Awards in the field of Sciences. “I wish everyone, in the Diaspora, could do the same in their field of specialty and I am really happy that we’re being encouraged by the State for this to become an example for others and to build bridges and cooperation,” said Dr. Zorian receiving the award. The following awards were also conferred: Literature and Journalism: Eduard Militonyan for the collection of poems E; Music: Tigran Mansuryan for the composition Requiem; Painting: Ashot Avagyan for the fresco Mashtots (Matenadaran, the symposium hall of the newly built subsidiary building of Mesrop Mashtots Research Institute of Old Manuscripts); Film: Serge Avedikian (France, leading actor and director), Elena Fetisova (Ukraine, director and producer), Martun Adoyan (producer), and Taguhi Karapetyan (producer) for the movie Parajanov (Armenia, Ukraine, France, Georgia); Humanitarian and Social Sciences: Hrachik Simonyan for the work On the Roads of Liberating Struggle. Architecture and Urban Development: Artur Meschyan (architect) for the Matenadaran complex; the new scientific subsidiary building of M. Mashtots Research Institute of Old Manuscripts, the reconstructed main subsidiary building and the reconstructed road from Mashtots Avenue to Matenadaran, and Artak Ghulyan (architect) for the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Matenadaran at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. During the ceremony, President of Armenia underscored that he had acted with his hand upon his heart and that he was confident that both the artists and our people would understand and would fully comprehend the attitude toward our temples. “I have not awarded the persons, I have awarded the structures The Matenadaran. Matenadaran is a temple for us, and I am confident that the two structures will be greatly appreciated over time. You are older than I, you are more experienced, you know the history of all the monuments very well, and you know, that though being previously criticized, there are monuments which we today consider a vital component of our lives. I am confident and I have exercised my right. Please be tolerant,” said President Sargsyan. The President of Armenia also sent his congratulatory message to all the prize winners.





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