Memorial Lectures Held at SUSU in Honor of the 100th Birthday of SUSU Professor

Memorial lectures were held at South Ural State University in honor of the 100th birthday of the honorary member of the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction, Honored Architect of the Russian Federation, Doctor of Sciences (Engineering), SUSU Professor Alexander Oatul.

SUSU Rector Alexander Shestakov spoke about Alexander Oatul’s role in the life of the university and Chelyabinsk in general.

“Alexander Oatul’s scientific school is the foundation of the successful development of architecture because the level of a school of science also determined the level of education that was received by a department’s students. Alexander Aleksandrovich is one of those people who achieved outstanding results in science, and thanks to the technologies that he developed our city gained new landmark buildings: the shopping center, the circus, and the Drama theatre.”

Alexander Oatul’s daughter, Elena Martynova, Professor of the ChelSU Department of General and Professional Education, also took part in the event.

“Today I have felt gratitude for the people who understand how Alexander Aleksandrovich worked and what kind of person he was. These kinds of events create a bridge between the past and the present. After all, this man worked hard and never thought that people would some day remember him on this scale. Alexander Aleksandrovich spoke about the unique characteristics of his beloved profession. He said it is the best one, because it leaves something behind that no other profession can.”

Professor of the Department of Building Structures and Facilities, Candidate of Sciences (Engineering) Anatoliy Karyakin worked with Alexander Oatul at the same department. He spoke about what kind of professor Alexander Aleksandrovich was.

“Alexander Aleksandrovich was the founder of the Department of Architecture. He gathered up his students among those who studied well and formed their personalities. He was demanding, but students didn’t feel offended, because they knew that he cared about improving their level of knowledge. He brought upstudents who were really talented in architecture.”

Attendees were presented a memorial film dedicated to work of Alexander Aleksandrovich. This event also included a memorial exhibit dedicated to the life and work of Alexander Oatul.

Marina Kovyazina; photo by Viktoriya Matveychuk
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